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.
NEBRASKA vs. PURDUE
SEPT. 29, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Keving Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 94, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-3, 0-1 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Michigan, 56-10
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
Coach: Jeff Brohm
Career/Purdue Record: 38-19 (5th Year)/8-9 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Huskers.com, and updated as needed.