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After a 2-0 start to Big Ten play, the Nebraska volleyball team was rewarded with two Big Ten weekly honors on Monday. Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season, and Nicklin Hames was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the first time.

Foecke, a senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, averaged 4.13 kills per set and 2.13 digs per set in wins over No. 18 Michigan and Michigan State. She had 21 kills on .391 hitting with nine digs and six blocks against Michigan, and followed with 12 kills on .417 hitting with eight digs, three blocks and an ace against the Spartans. It marks her third career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor.

Hames, a freshman setter from Knoxville, Tennessee, averaged 10.50 assists per set and 3.25 digs per set in the Husker victories. Hames had double-doubles in both matches - bringing her season total to seven - and served five aces and posted three blocks.

Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 24, 2018) Co-Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy, So., MINNCo-Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Allegra Rivas, Fr., MD
Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger- Swenson, Sr., MINNCo-Freshman of the Week: Nicklin Hames, NEB
Co-Freshman of the Week: Adanna Rollins, MINN


Nebraska swept its doubleheader against North Dakota State on Sunday, winning game one 11-2 and winning game two, 1-0. The games couldn't have been more different as the first had 22 combined hits, including 14 for Nebraska. Four Huskers had multiple hits including Alyvia Simmons, Tristen Edwards, Courtney Wallace and Bree Boruff. Additionally, Madi Unzicker had a two-run homer. Game two was a pitching battle. Nebraska recorded just four hits, but it would be enough, as the Husker pitchers allowed just one hit in the second game.

Game 1: Nebraska topped NDSU 11-2 in the first game of the day. Ferrell started in the circle for the Huskers and picked up the win. She went 4.0 innings, allowing one run off six hits. She also had three walks and five strikeouts. Alyvia Simmons and Courtney Wallace led the offense with three hits and two runs each. Wallace also pitched 3.0 innings. She gave up two hits and one run and also had two strikeouts.
Tristen Edwards and Bree Boruff each had a pair of hits, while Rylie Unzicker, Lindsey Walljasper, Madi Unzicker and Lexey Kneib each had one hit, en route to a 14-hit game for the Huskers.
In the top of the second, NDSU scored one run off two doubles. The Huskers took the lead in the bottom of the third. Kneib hit a leadoff single. Sarah Yocom pinch ran for her and moved to second off a single from Boruff. Simmons singled to load the bases with no outs. Edwards hit a deep double that scored three runs, giving the Huskers a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Bison loaded the bases with a double, a walk and a single, but the Husker defense was solid and got out of the inning without allowing a run. Nebraska did damage in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs and sending 12 batters to the plate to take a 9-1 lead. Wallace hit a leadoff single and Madi Unzicker drew a walk. Boruff singled, scoring Wallace. Then, with the top of the order up, Simmons singled to load the bases. Back-to-back hits by Rylie Unzicker and Edwards scored two more runs. With the bases loaded, Samantha Owen drew a walk to bring another runner across the plate. Walljasper found a gap on the left side to bring in a run and a Bison error allowed one more run to score.
NDSU cut the lead, scoring one run in the top of the fifth, after drawing two walks and hitting two singles. NU loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning. Simmons hit a double and Rylie Unzicker drew a walk before Edwards was hit by a pitch. However, the Huskers were unable to score, but still held a 9-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wallace hit a triple and Madi Unzicker homered to center field to put the Huskers up 11-2.
Game 2: In a tough pitching battle, the Huskers shut out the Bison, 1-0, in the second game of the day. Regan Mergele started and pitched 3.0 innings, without giving up a hit. She also had five strikeouts. Lindsey Walljasper finished the game and picked up the win, going 4.0 innings. She gave up one hit and had two strikeouts.
On offense, NU finished with four hits. Tristen Edwards, Alyvia Simmons, Bri Cassidy and Bree Boruff each had one.
The Huskers got right to business, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Simmons hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a ground out. Then, she scored on a wild pitch.
The Bison got the tying run to third in the top of the fifth after a walk and two stolen bases, but the Husker defense didn't allow the run to score. Neither team would score the rest of the game.
Nebraska finishes its fall season Oct. 6-7 when it hosts the Big Red Fall Classic. The Huskers will play two games each day. On Saturday, NU faces off against Colorado State at 10 a.m., followed by a game against UNO at 12:30 p.m. Colorado State and Omaha will then play a 10-inning game at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Nebraska plays Colorado State at 10 a.m in a 10-inning game and UNO at 1 p.m.




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Record: 0-3, 0-1 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Michigan, 56-10
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-10 (3rd Year)/0-3 (1st Year)
vs. Purdue: 0-0

Record: 1-3, 0-1 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Boston College, 30-13
Rankings: NR
Coach: Jeff Brohm
Career/Purdue Record: 38-19 (5th Year)/8-9 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-1

The Matchup

Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to open its 2018 Big Ten home schedule against Purdue in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln. The matchup between Big Ten West Division foes will kick off shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT with television coverage on BTN. The game is also available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska comes into the contest at 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten Conference following a loss at No. 19 Michigan on Saturday. The Huskers will be looking to get back on track at Memorial Stadium after opening the season with a pair of five-point home losses. The home contest is Nebraska's lone Big Ten home game in its first four 2018 league contests.

The Boilermakers are 1-3 overall, including an 0-1 Big Ten mark. Like Nebraska, Purdue was on the wrong end of close decisions to start the 2018 season, but reversed its fortunes last Saturday and comes to Lincoln with momentum. Purdue is coming off a 30-13 win against then-No. 23 Boston College on Saturday in West Lafayette. Purdue dropped each of its first three games in September by four or fewer points with the combined margin of just eight points. The Boilermakers have a high-powered offensive attack, averaging 483.5 yards and 28.2 points per game.

This Week's Numbers
12 - Nebraska is back to a full 12-game regular-season schedule for the 2018 season. The Huskers added a game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman to replace the canceled Sept. 1 season opener against Akron.

15 - Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has caught at least three passes in 15 straight games. Morgan needs five receptions on Saturday to move into the top five on the NU career receptions list.

9 - Nebraska will play host to Purdue on Homecoming on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers have won nine straight Homecoming games at Memorial Stadium and have won better than 75 percent of Homecoming games in school history.

Nebraska-Purdue Series

  • Nebraska holds a 4-1 edge in the series as Big Ten opponents.• Nebraska holds a 4-1 edge in the series as Big Ten opponents.
  • The Huskers and Purdue are both members of the West Division and meet each year. The schools were in opposite divisions of the Big Ten from 2011 to 2013.
  • Prior to the first meeting as Big Ten opponents in 2013, the schools had not met since 1958.
  • Other than Nebraska's one-point, last-minute victory in 2017, each of the other five meetings have been decided by 10 or more points.
  • Huskers to Open Big Ten Home Slate on Saturday

    The matchup with Purdue is the first of four Big Ten home games on the 2018 schedule. In addition to Purdue, Nebraska will also host Minnesota (Oct. 20), Illinois (Nov. 10) and Michigan State (Nov. 17) at Memorial Stadium.

  • The Huskers are 6-1 in Big Ten home openers since joining the conference in 2011.
  • Purdue is the fifth different school Nebraska has played in a Big Ten home opener.
  • Nebraska is 18-11 in Big Ten home games since joining the conference in 2011, including 2-0 against Purdue.
  • Homecoming for Huskers

    Nebraska will play host to Purdue on Saturday in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln. The game will be Nebraska’s 108th Homecoming game. The Huskers boast an all-time record of 81-22-4 (.776 winning percentage) in Homecoming games.

    Nebraska has won its past nine Homecoming games, including a 6-0 record against Big Ten opponents on Homecoming. Nebraska also won 36 straight Homecoming games from 1969 to 2004.

    Nebraska Adds Game with Bethune-Cookman

    Nebraska has added a game against Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was canceled due to severe storms in Lincoln.

    Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-3 record in 2018. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.

  • With the addition of the game against Bethune-Cookman, Nebraska will play 12 consecutive weeks and will not have a bye. The 2018 season will mark the first time in school history Nebraska has played 12 consecutive weeks. .
  • NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game

    Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and added 187 rushing yards against Troy. However, the Huskers found moving the ball on the ground difficult at Michigan, and must find success in that area to get into the win column.

  • The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
  • The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
  • Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
  • Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
  • Nebraska had a pair of runs of 40 yards or more against Colorado–a 41-yard touchdown by Martinez and a 45-yard rush by Bell. That was the first time Nebraska had two runs of at least 40 yards in a game since a 2014 win at Fresno State.
  • Nebraska was solid again on the ground against Troy, rushing for 187 yards. NU was again led on the ground by a true freshman, with Maurice Washington rushing 14 times for 92 yards.
  • Nebraska heads into the Purdue contest averaging 185.0 rushing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.
  • Rushing Battle Often Holds the Key to Success

    The ability to win the running game battle has long been key to victory for the Huskers. The losses to Colorado and Troy while controlling the running game were a rarity.

  • Before the Colorado loss, Nebraska had won 15 consecutive games when holding an advantage in rushing yards.
  • Scott Frost is 11-3 in his coaching career when his team out-rushes the opponent.
  • Nebraska has won 28 of its last 30 games when holding the opponent to fewer than 100 yards rushing, dating back to 2009.
  • Frost and staff are 6-2 over the past three seasons when holding the opponent to under 100 rushing yards..
  • Offense Hopes to Regain Rhythm Against Purdue

    Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018, as the Huskers produced one of its better offensive games in recent years.

  • NU posted 565 yards of offense vs. Colorado, with 329 rushing yards and 236 passing.
  • The 565 yards marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
  • The total offense output was the best by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
  • Morgan Aims to be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver

    After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.

    Morgan has 132 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 49 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,943 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Morgan needs 746 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.

    The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017.

  • Morgan set Nebraska records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and fifth in catches (61).
  • He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017. His 986 receiving yards ranked second nationally among players who saw action in 11 or fewer games.
  • Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
  • He produced his first five career 100-yard receiving efforts in 2017, leading the Big Ten in that category.
  • Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the second-highest total in school history.
  • He has had at least three catches in 15 straight games. Morgan has a streak of 29 consecutive games with a reception, the fourth-longest streak in Husker history.

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    LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-9, 21-25, 25-16) win against Michigan State in front of a crowd of 8,102 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.

    The Huskers (11-1) won their 11th straight match behind 15 kills from Lexi Sun. Mikaela Foecke added 12 kills on .417 hitting, and Lauren Stivrins had seven kills and seven blocks. Nebraska dominated the Spartans (12-3, 0-2 Big Ten) in its three victorious sets, holding MSU to .030, -.030 and -.062 hitting in sets one, two and four, respectively. NU led throughout in sets two and four and never trailed after taking a 3-2 lead in set one. For the match, Nebraska out-hit Michigan State .224 to .047.

    Libero Kenzie Maloney had a match-high 17 digs, as the Huskers held a 56-34 advantage in that category. Nicklin Hames had 16 digs to go with 40 assists and a pair of aces. The Huskers had seven aces and seven errors, while Michigan State had four aces and 13 errors.

    NU hit double-digit blocks for the fourth straight match, out-blocking the Spartans 12-9. In addition to Stivrins' seven blocks, Callie Schwarzenbach and Jazz Sweet each had five. Sweet also had seven kills.

    Set 1: Nebraska held Michigan State to .030 hitting to take set one, 25-18. Foecke, Sun and Sweet combined for 11 of the Huskers' 12 kills. After Michigan State had trimmed a six-point Husker lead to 17-15, NU went on a 4-1 spurt to take a 21-16 lead. The Huskers scored the final three points of the set via a Foecke kill, a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach, and an MSU hitting error.

    Set 2: The Huskers were dominant in a 25-9 set two victory. NU sprinted to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. A 9-1 run midway through the set turned a 14-7 lead to 23-8. The Huskers out-hit the Spartans .407 to -.030 and had four service aces, including back-to-back aces by Maloney late in the set. Sweet had three blocks for the Huskers.

    Set 3: Michigan State had its best start to a set, taking a 3-0 lead. Nebraska trailed by as many as four at 13-9 before ripping off three straight points to get within one. Stivrins had a solo block, and Hames dumped a kill to cut it to 13-12. A kill by Stivrins and a hitting error by the Spartans tied the set at 14-14, but Michigan State scored a 3-0 run to go up 17-14 and extended the lead to five at 21-16 before taking the set, 25-21. The Spartans out-hit NU .258 to .200.

    Set 4: Nebraska got out to a 5-1 lead after a slew of Spartan errors and a block by Sweet and Stivrins. Michigan State pulled within 8-7 after a Husker point was reversed upon video review, but NU scored the next three points to go up 11-7. After the Spartans got within one again, the Huskers took control with a 6-0 run to go up 17-10. Foecke had a pair of kills, and Hames had an ace to spark the run. Back-to-back kills by Sun started a 5-0 run to end the match, as NU won 25-16.

    Up Next: Nebraska will leave the state for the first time this season with a pair of road matches in Illinois next weekend. The Huskers will play at Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. and at No. 8 Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m.


    The Big Ten Conference and BTN announced on Monday morning that Nebraska’s Oct. 6 game at Wisconsin will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN.

    Kearney, Neb. – The 15th-ranked Pittsburg State Gorillas scored 16 first quarter points and flipped the field late in the third to down Nebraska-Kearney, 30-17, Saturday night in Kansas.

    The Gorillas (4-0) have now won 10 straight games dating back to last season and are the only undefeated team left in the MIAA. UNK, looking for its first win over PSU since 1983, falls back to the .500 mark at 2-2.

    In front of a "Family Night" crowd of 10,398, Pitt dominated the first 15 minutes. While Loper junior safety Dallas Vaughn (St. Louis) picked off a deflected pass on the game's first series, the Gorillas out gained UNK 95-9 in the first 15 minutes. They used several short fields, as well as a safety, to grab a 16-0 lead.

    However, Kearney was down by just a 23-10 margin in the third quarter with Pitt backup quarter Brady Bradbury taking over for an injured John Roderique. The Lopers started at its own two-yard line and moved the ball all the way to the Pitt 11-yard line. UNK benefitted from a weird play as receiver Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) fumbled after a 26-yard reception but then forced a Gorilla defender to fumble. Redshirt freshman receiver Payton Kinne (Grand Island) was Johnny-on-the-sport and pounced on the loose ball inside the red zone.

    UNK's good fortunes didn't last, however, as Pitt held on fourth and nine. Bradbury, taking over early in the second quarter, led the offense on an 11-play,. 90-yard drive that ate up seven minutes of the clock. The backbreaker was a roughing the passer call on third and 18 from the Loper 30-yard line. Two plays later Bradburry tossed a 10-yard scoring strike to cornerback/receiver KiAnte Hardin to make it 30-10.

    Pitt out gained UNK by just a 295-267 margin with the Lopers running 11 more plays, 68-57. The Gorillas had the ball 30 minutes, recorded five sacks for 35 yards, broke up eight passes and had a plus one turnover margin. These teams came in as the top rushing squads in the MIAA. The Gorillas won that battle by a slight margin as they carried the ball 41 times for 182 yards (4.4 avg.) and three scores. UNK got going in the second half and totaled 132 yards on 46 totes (2.9 avg.) and a TD.

    A 6-3, 200 pound redshirt freshman, Bradbury finished 8 of 11 for 80 yards, one TD and no INT's. He also rushed 11 times for 20 yards. Next, starting back Tyler Adkins had team-highs in carries (15) and yards (94). All toll eight different Gorillas carried the ball at least one time.

    UNK also used a balanced attack on the ground as six players touched the ball. Senior back Luke Quinn (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a team-best nine carries for a team-high 52 yards with junior back Darrius Webb (Allentown, Pa.) managing 31 yards on eight totes. Backup QB Cody Summers (Denver, Colo.) led a last minute TD drive and finished with 22 yards on seven carries. He called his own number and scored from two-yards out with 16 seconds left.

    In the air junior QB Alex McGinnis (Crete) was 7 of 21 for 121 yards, one TD and two INT's. He threw a 21-yard scoring strike to Lansman early in the second quarter to make it 16-7. Four minutes later freshman Brian Covarrubias booted a 43-yard field goal to cut the deficit to six.

    But Pitt responded with a six-play, 61-yard TD drive that featured a 10-yard holding penalty on UNK and a 23-yard scoring run by Adkins. Overall, the teams combined for 20 penalties for 175 yards. Pitt was dinged for 14 yellow hankies.

    A tough first quarter saw UNK's average starting field position come at its own 12-yard line. The Gorillas took advantage with a safety and TD drives of just 36 and 11 yards. The later came after an INT by backup corner Carnell Lewis. The Lopers turned the tables in the second quarter as junior Kendall Raschein (Red Bluff, Calif.) booted a 59-yard punt that pinned Pitt deep. After the defense made a stand, UNK went 36 yards in four plays to make it a 16-7 score.

    Defensively, junior inside backer Sal Silvio (Kansas City) led UNK in tackles for a fourth straight game. He had nine (four solo) with senior corner Famous McKinnon (Miami) at seven and senior end Tye Spies (Mullen) having five. Finally, sophomore linemen Blake Schroeder (Holdrege) recorded UNK's lone sack.

    Junior end Cole Morris had two sacks for Pitt with three teammates making nine tackles apiece.

    UNK heads to Northeastern State next Saturday. The RiverHawks (1-3) fell tonight at Missouri Western State, 66-16.

    Ann Arbor, Mich. - Wyatt Mazour scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter and Barret Pickering added a third-quarter field goal to account for Nebraska's scoring in a 56-10 setback at No. 19 Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

    Michigan improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten with the victory, while the Huskers slipped to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference with their first road loss of the season in front of 111,037 fans at the Big House. It was the third-largest crowd to witness a Nebraska football game in history.

    The Wolverines scored early and often, building a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter that grew to 39-0 at the half. Nebraska starting quarterback Adrian Martinez, who missed NU's game last week with an injury, gave way to game two starter Andrew Bunch in the second half. Bunch led the Big Red on a pair of scoring drives, the first resulting in Pickering's 35-yard field goal with 5:23 left in the third quarter. 

    Nebraska's final scoring drive of the day was a seven-play, 80-yard drive that featured a 17-yard run and a 21-yard reception for Mazour that set up his three-yard touchdown blast with 4:14 left. On the drive, Bunch completed both his pass attempts, totaling 35 yards while Mazour rushed five times for 18 yards including the score. Nebraska's touchdown drive was preceded by a spectacular interception from Deontai Williams that gave the Big Red their lone turnover of the game. It was the first career interception for Williams.

    Junior linebacker Mohamed Barry led the defense with 11 tackles, including a career-high three tackles for loss and his first career sack. Dicaprio Bootle added a career-best five breakups on the day.

    For the game, Nebraska managed just 132 total yards, with 93 coming on 13-of-24 passing. Bunch completed 6-of-9 passes for 71 yards in the second half, while adding 23 rushing yards to lead Nebraska in both categories. The Huskers managed just 39 yards rushing on the afternoon, despite Bunch and Mazour combining for 41 yards. Devine Ozigbo (5), Greg Bell (3) and Maurice Washington (2) combined for just 10 yards on 15 combined carries, while Martinez carried seven times for minus-12 yards after being sacked four times and intercepted once on NU's first six drives of the game.

    Senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. provided a bright spot for the Big Red offense by hauling in three receptions for 61 yards, marking the 15th consecutive game that he has recorded at least three catches. Sophomore JD Spielman led the Huskers with four receptions but totaled just five yards, while Tyjon Lindsey added two catches for 16 yards, including a 14-yard reception to start Nebraska's fourth-quarter touchdown drive.

    While the Nebraska offense struggled to find room to roam against the Wolverines, Michigan marched throughout the first half and finished with 491 yards of total offense, including 285 on the ground. Running back Karan Higdon led the way for the Wolverine rushing attack with 136 yards on just 12 carries with one score. Fullback Ben Mason carried six times for 18 yards with three short touchdowns.

    Quarterback Shea Patterson completed 15-of-22 passes for 120 yards for Michigan, before giving way to back-up quarterbacks Dylan McCaffrey and Brandon Peters in the second half. McCaffrey completed 3-of-8 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, while adding 23 rushing yards.

    Nebraska returns home next week to celebrate Homecoming by taking on Purdue. Kickoff between the Big Red and the Boilermakers is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) at Memorial Stadium with live television coverage provided by BTN.

    LINCOLN, Neb. - The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-17, 25-12) win over No. 18 Michigan on Friday night in front of a crowd of 8,392 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

    Mikaela Foecke paced the Huskers (10-1, 1-0 Big Ten) to their 10th straight win with 21 kills on .391 hitting with nine digs and six blocks. Lexi Sun had 14 kills and a career-high 16 digs with four blocks, and Jazz Sweet terminated 11 times and added three blocks. The Wolverines (11-1, 0-1 Big Ten) suffered their first loss of the season. 

    Nebraska had a dominant edge in hitting percentage, .314 to .135, and in blocks, 14-6. 

    Nicklin Hames had 44 assists and 10 digs and served three aces. Callie Schwarzenbach had four kills and a match-high eight blocks, and her fellow middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chipped in seven kills and six blocks. Libero Kenzie Maloney had 16 digs to lead the Huskers to a 67-56 advantage in that category. 

    Carly Skjodt led Michigan with 13 kills. 

    Set 1: The Huskers got off to a strong start by taking a 7-2 lead. Hames served two aces and set the Huskers to four kills on five attacks. After a timeout, Michigan scored six of the next seven points to tie the set at 8-8 and force a Husker timeout. The Huskers never fell behind though and won an entertaining rally with a stuff block by Schwarzenbach and Sweet to make it 14-11. Ahead 16-15, the Huskers reeled off a 4-0 run to go up 20-15 with Sun contributing a block and a kill during the run. Foecke crushed an overpass for a 23-18 lead, and the Huskers won 25-19 on a block by Foecke and Schwarzenbach. 

    Set 2: Nebraska found itself ahead with a familiar score line, 7-2, once again after a pair of blocks by Stivrins. But also just like the first set, Michigan came roaring back and took a 10-9 lead, its first lead of the match, after a 7-1 run. The Wolverines then pushed their lead to 15-10 with a 5-0 spurt. Foecke, Sweet and Sun terminated on consecutive rallies, and Sweet and Schwarzenbach then combined for a block to cut Michigan's lead to 16-15. After a Michigan timeout, Sun scored again to tie the set at 16-16, capping a 5-0 run. The teams traded sideouts until Stivrins fired from the right side to give NU a 19-18 lead. Michigan reclaimed a 23-22 lead on a Sydney Wetterstrom kill, and then Mackenzi Welsh served an ace for set point. But Welsh served into the net to make it 24-23, and Michigan hit wide to tie the score at 24-24. The Wolverines won 27-25 after Skjodt recorded three kills to close out the set. 

    Set 3: Nebraska held a 15-12 lead at the media timeout after an 8-4 run that included three kills by Foecke. The senior captain then went off for three kills in a span of four rallies to put the Big Red up 20-16. After a timeout, Sweet put away back-to-back kills and Schwarzenbach and Foecke combined for back-to-back blocks for a 24-16 lead, and Nebraska won 25-17, ending the set on a 7-1 run. Foecke had eight kills and no errors in the set, while Sweet had four kills and no errors. 

    Set 4: A pair of kills by Sun and an ace by Maloney put the Huskers up 6-2, and Stivrins and Sun connected on back-to-back kills to make it 8-3. Nebraska went up 13-5 after Foecke and Schwarzenbach recorded kills and teamed up for a block, forcing Michigan's final timeout of the set. Sun blasted two more kills and Stivrins another as the Huskers went up 19-9. NU capped off a dominating final set at 25-12, out-hitting the Wolverines .467 to .118. 

    Up Next: The Huskers are back in action against Michigan State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The match will be televised on ESPNU, streamed at, and will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, and the official Huskers app.

    Thursday (09/20/2018)

    Lincoln East 41, Bellevue East 7
    Millard North 14, Fremont 13
    Neligh-Oakdale 60, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 28
    Omaha Westside 37, Creighton Preparatory School 2
    Sandhills/Thedford 1, Wallace 0
    West Holt 14, Ainsworth 0

    Friday (09/21/2018)

    Alliance 28, Chase County 0
    Amherst 60, Ansley-Litchfield 8
    Anselmo-Merna 40, Elwood 34
    Arapahoe 36, Cambridge 34
    Archbishop Bergan 63, Louisville 7
    Arlington 13, Omaha Concordia 12
    Auburn 19, Ashland-Greenwood 7
    Aurora 48, Fairbury 6
    BDS 56, Southern 12
    BRLD 36, Yutan 6
    Battle Creek 49, Stanton 20
    Bellevue West 42, Lincoln Pius X 21
    Bertrand 82, Loomis 20
    Bishop Neumann 29, Columbus Lakeview 22
    Blair 68, South Sioux City 6
    Bloomfield 44, Allen 0
    Blue Hill 55, Franklin 10
    Boone Central/Newman Grove 45, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 14
    Boys Town 54, Fort Calhoun 26
    Bridgeport 22, Gibbon 20
    Broken Bow 7, Valentine 0
    Burwell 42, Elm Creek 38
    CWCE 14, Twin Loup 13
    Centennial 28, Aquinas Catholic 21
    Centura 21, Grand Island Central Catholic 16
    Chadron 34, Sidney 20
    Clarkson/Leigh 68, Pender 14
    Clearwater-Orchard 62, Central Valley 18
    Columbus Scotus 49, Raymond Central 7
    Cozad 41, Holdrege 14
    Creek Valley 40, Arthur County 35
    Creighton 72, Niobrara/Verdigre 12
    Cross County 52, Osceola-High Plains 50 (OT)
    David City 21, Shelby-Rising City 6
    Deshler 60, Dorchester 34
    Diller-Odell 62, Pawnee City 0
    Dundy County-Stratton 54, Alma 28
    East Butler 60, Nebraska Lutheran 12
    Elkhorn South 62, Columbus 14
    Elkhorn Valley 58, Madison 23
    Emerson-Hubbard 73, Cedar Bluffs 58
    Eustis-Farnam 83, McPherson County/Stapleton 28
    Falls City 42, Lincoln Christian 35
    Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Meridian 22
    Fullerton 54, Ravenna 20
    Garden County 60, Leyton/Banner County 6
    Gothenburg 40, ONeill 14
    Grand Island 57, Lincoln North Star 14
    Guardian Angels Central Catholic 30, Wisner-Pilger 20
    Hartington Cedar Catholic 17, Ponca 14 (OT)
    Harvard 75, Lewiston 19
    Hastings 51, Crete 28
    Hastings St. Cecilia 24, Sandy Creek 0
    Hay Springs 45, Cody-Kilgore 26
    Heartland Lutheran 51, Hampton 0
    Hemingford 46, Kimball 20
    Humphrey St. Francis 56, Osmond 6
    Hyannis 91, Potter-Dix 14
    Johnson County Central 43, Conestoga 0
    Johnson-Brock 80, Parkview Christian 0
    Kearney 64, Omaha Benson 0
    Kenesaw 66, Axtell 20
    Lincoln High 49, Omaha Central 6
    Lincoln Lutheran 52, Nebraska City 14
    Lincoln Southwest 42, North Platte 7
    Lourdes Central Catholic 46, Elmwood-Murdock 38
    Lutheran High Northeast 52, Howells-Dodge 30
    Malcolm 27, Syracuse 0
    McCook 48, Lexington 6
    McCool Junction 54, Sterling 12
    Mead 70, Omaha Christian Academy 12
    Medicine Valley 52, Maxwell 16
    Milford 25, Central City 15
    Millard South 48, Omaha Northwest 7
    Millard West 45, Omaha Bryan 3
    Minatare 74, South Platte 50
    Minden 16, Kearney Catholic 14
    Morrill 1, Perkins County 0
    Mount Michael Benedictine 59, Schuyler 0
    Mullen 58, Brady 15
    Nebraska Christian 48, Shelton 22
    Norfolk 30, Omaha South 14
    Norfolk Catholic 49, Crofton 9
    North Bend Central 43, Twin River 6
    North Central 48, Boyd County 2
    North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Hershey 8
    Northwest 44, Seward 40
    Oakland-Craig 48, Tekamah-Herman 0
    Ogallala 53, Mitchell 20
    Omaha Burke 52, Elkhorn 7
    Omaha North 6, Lincoln Southeast 0
    Omaha Roncalli Catholic 62, Bennington 17
    Omaha Skutt Catholic 46, Plattsmouth 3
    Ord 31, Adams Central 18
    Overton 68, Pleasanton 12
    Palmer 58, Heartland 34
    Palmyra 30, Omaha Brownell Talbot 8
    Papillion-LaVista 36, Gretna 14
    Papillion-LaVista South 33, Lincoln Northeast 19
    Pierce 42, Wayne 14
    Plainview 68, Elgin Public/Pope John 12
    Platteview 22, Douglas County West 21
    Ralston 28, Gross Catholic 12
    Randolph 32, Hartington-Newcastle 7
    Red Cloud 53, Silver Lake 7
    Riverside 52, Winside 2
    Scottsbluff 62, Gering 6
    Sioux County 39, Crawford 38
    South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 26, Arcadia-Loup City 8
    Southern Valley 14, Gordon-Rushville 0
    Southwest 34, Hitchcock County 14
    Spalding Academy 61, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 46
    St. Edward 59, Elba 13
    St. Mary's 20, Stuart 16
    St. Paul 26, Wood River 3
    Superior 23, Fillmore Central 7
    Sutherland 46, Bayard 14
    Sutton 38, Doniphan-Trumbull 0
    Thayer Central 34, Weeping Water 22
    Tri County 46, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 6
    Wahoo 36, West Point-Beemer 0
    Wakefield 74, Omaha Nation 14
    Walthill 75, Santee 0
    Wauneta-Palisade 42, Paxton 34
    Waverly 48, Norris 16
    Wilber-Clatonia 37, Freeman 0
    Wilcox-Hildreth 84, Maywood-Hayes Center 14
    Winnebago 50, Homer 6
    Wynot 38, Wausa 17
    York 51, Beatrice 14


    Nebraska has finalized an agreement to play Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was cancelled due to severe storms in Lincoln.


    Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-2 record in 2018, following a loss at Florida Atlantic last Saturday. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.


    “Our great fans and our football student-athletes deserve a full schedule, and we are glad to be able to provide an additional game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We appreciate the patience of our fans through this process. While there may be some conflicts on what was originally a bye week, we know Memorial Stadium will be packed to watch the Huskers on a fall Saturday.


    “I would like to thank Bethune-Cookman for their great cooperation as we put this agreement together. Athletic Director Lynn Thompson and Head Coach Terry Sims are excited to bring their team to Lincoln, and we look forward to their visit.”


    Nebraska will pay Bethune-Cookman a guarantee of $800,000 for its trip to Lincoln. The game will be part of the Big Ten’s regular television package. Game time and television information will be available six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.


    Ticket and Parking Information

    Nebraska season ticket holders will receive a new ticket for the Oct. 27 game with Bethune-Cookman, and the original ticket from the Akron game will not be valid for admission. Delivery of tickets for the Oct. 27 game will be via e-mail, and those print at home tickets will be sent the week of Oct. 1. Individuals who do not have an e-mail connected to their account with the Ticket Office will receive printed tickets that will be sent via first class mail the week of Oct. 1.


    Husker fans who purchase season parking permits through Nebraska Athletics will also receive a new parking permit for the Bethune-Cookman game. The permits will be sent via first class mail to accounts with season permits. Donors who purchase parking from the athletic department for the downtown garages will have the new game automatically added to their keycard.


    Individuals who purchased single-game tickets for the Akron game through Nebraska Athletics will also receive new tickets for the Bethune-Cookman game. There are no refunds or exchanges for fans who purchased single-game tickets for the Akron game and cannot attend the Oct. 27 game. However, those fans can forward the e-mailed or paper tickets to friends or family or sell via Nebraska’s partner StubHub.


    More detailed information on ticketing and parking will be posted on, and updated as needed.

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