LINCOLN, Neb. - The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell to No. 5 Minnesota, 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 14-25, 21-25) on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 8,420 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the second-largest crowd of the season.
The loss dropped the Huskers to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten and snapped NU's 14-match win streak. Minnesota improved to 12-2 and 6-0 in the Big Ten and is now the only unbeaten team in the Big Ten.
Mikaela Foecke had a team-high 16 kills, while Lexi Sun had 12 kills and 15 digs for her second straight double-double. Jazz Sweet added 13 kills, while Lauren Stivrins contributed 10 kills and hit .450. Nicklin Hames had 44 assists and 18 digs, while Kenzie Maloney chipped in 18 digs.
Minnesota out-hit the Huskers .280 to .194. The Huskers had an 11-7 edge in blocks with Stivrins leading the way with five. But Minnesota had four aces to Nebraska's one and out-dug the Huskers, 77-63.
Adanna Rollins had 17 kills to lead the Golden Gophers. Taylor Morgan added 13 kills.
Set 1: Minnesota jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but the Huskers worked back to within 8-6 after a pair of kills by Stivrins. The Golden Gophers pushed their lead back to four at 13-9, but a solo block and a kill by Sweet drew NU within one, 13-12. Minnesota maintained its lead though after a slew of Husker hitting errors made it 17-12 Gophers. Sun struck for three kills to help the Huskers pull within 20-18, but NU could get no closer than two as Minnesota won 25-20.
Set 2: The Huskers went on a 6-1 run to take a 7-3 lead. Foecke and Sun recorded kills, and a solo block by Sun made it 10-5 Huskers. The Golden Gophers chipped away and took a 17-16 lead after a three-point run. After four sideouts, Minnesota went up 20-18 on an Alexis Hart kill. The Gophers led 21-19 when back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach - one with Sweet and one with Sun - tied the score at 21-21. After a timeout, the Huskers won a long rally when Minnesota hit long, but Taylor Morgan answered for the Gophers. Foecke put the Huskers back in front 23-22 with her 10th kill, and a block by Stivrins and Sweet gave NU set point at 24-22. After a service error made it 24-23, Sweet put the set away with a kill.
Set 3: The teams went back and forth throughout the beginning of the set, but Minnesota went on an 11-0 run to stake a 23-11 lead. The Gophers went on to win 25-14 to go up 2-1 in the match.
Set 4: Minnesota pulled away to an 11-6 lead after a 7-2 spurt and maintained its five-point lead at the media timeout, 15-10. Minnesota led 18-11 when Stivrins posted a kill and an ace around a Sun kill to cut it to 18-14. NU cut it to three, 19-16, on a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach, but the Gophers never let Nebraska get closer than three and clinched the match with a 25-21 win.
Up Next: The Huskers host Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Wednesday's match will be the Huskers' annual "Pink Night" for breast cancer awareness.
Madison, Wis. - Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez and sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman produced record-setting performances, but the Nebraska football team came up short in a 41-24 loss at No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday night in Camp Randall Stadium.
Martinez amassed a Nebraska freshman-record 441 yards of total offense, including a career-high and Husker freshman-record 384 passing yards. He completed 24-of-42 passes and threw two touchdown strikes. He added 57 yards rushing on 13 attempts to give him the fourth-best single-game offensive total in Husker history. It marked his second straight game with more than 400 yards of total offense.
Spielman's record-setting night made an all-time dent in the Big Red record book, as he hauled in nine receptions for a school-record 209 yards, surpassing his 200-yard receiving game against Ohio State as a freshman last season. His 75-yard touchdown reception to open the third quarter was Nebraska's longest play of the season and pulled the Huskers to within 20-10 after trailing by 17 points at the half. Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history.
Less than halfway through his sophomore season, Spielman has already climbed to No. 14 on Nebraska's career receiving yardage list with 1,291 yards.
Husker senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. just missed a 100-yard receiving game, hauling in a career-high-matching eight receptions for 93 yards, giving him 17 straight games with three or more catches.
As a team, Nebraska rolled up more than 500 total yards as a team for the third time in five games this season. The Huskers finished with 518 total yards, including 407 passing. However, Nebraska could not contain the Wisconsin running game, as the Badgers rolled up 370 yards on the ground on their way to 533 total yards. Wisconsin improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska slipped to 0-5 and 0-3 in the conference.
Jonathan Taylor led the Badgers with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown to cap the scoring for Wisconsin early in the fourth quarter. Taiwan Deal added 74 yards on 10 carries with another score, and Garrett Groshek pitched in 73 yards on nine carries. Alex Hornibrook added 163 yards on 13-of-24 passing. Tight end Jake Ferguson hauled in four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown, while AJ Taylor added three catches for a team-high 60 receiving yards.
Nebraska's defense bent but didn't break in a low-scoring first quarter, holding Wisconsin to just a field goal on its opening drive. The Badgers controlled the ball in the first quarter, but went to the second quarter with just a 3-0 lead.
Wisconsin added a second short Rafael Gaglianone field goal early in the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead, before Nebraska marched into scoring position on its next drive. The Huskers went 61 yards in 10 plays but were unable to punch the ball across the goal line and settled for a 31-yard Barret Pickering field goal to cut the Badger lead to 6-3 with 9:55 left in the first half.
Wisconsin answered with a six-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by Taylor's three-yard plunge to push the margin to 13-3 with 6:51 left in the half.
On the ensuing drive, Martinez moved the Huskers to the Wisconsin 31, but a pair of penalties and a sack sent the Huskers back, and a 4th-and-11 pass from Martinez to Maurice Washington fell incomplete to give the Badgers the ball back with 2:13 left in the half. Wisconsin capitalized on the opportunity and Hornibrook's 14-yard pass to Jake Ferguson sent the Badgers to halftime with a 20-3 lead.
At the half, Wisconsin held an 18:59-11:01 time of possession edge, and the Badgers ran 41 plays compared to 30 for the Huskers.
But Nebraska showed it was not going away quietly, as Martinez threw a strike to a streaking Spielman down the seam on the second play of the second half for a 75-yard touchdown. Pickering's PAT pulled the Huskers within 20-10 with nearly the entire second half remaining.
Taylor continued to carry the load for Wisconsin on the opening drive of its second half, rushing four times for 41 yards, including a 21-yard dash to push the UW lead back to 17 with 11:04 left in the third quarter.
The two teams exchanged touchdowns the rest of the way, as the Huskers played the Badgers even on the scoreboard in the second half and produced 64 more total offense yards than Wisconsin after halftime.
Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action next week at Northwestern. Kickoff between the Huskers and the Wildcats is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live national television coverage on ABC.
No. 16 Wisconsin 41, Nebraska 24
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Madison, Wis. (Camp Randall Stadium)
7:08 - WIS - Rafael Gaglianone 30 FG, 15 plays, 53 yards, 7:52, WIS 3-0
12:58 - WIS - Gaglianone 28 FG, 9 plays, 41 yards, 4:12, WIS 6-0
9:55 - NEB - Barret Pickering 31 FG, 10 plays, 61 yards, 3:03, WIS 6-3
6:51 - WIS - Jonathan Taylor 3 run (Gaglianone kick), 6 plays, 64 yards, 2:55, WIS 13-3
0:42 - WIS - Jake Ferguson 14 pass from Alex Hornibrook (Gaglianone kick), 6 plays, 63 yards, 1:31, WIS 20-3
14:13 - NEB - JD Spielman 75 pass from Adrian Martinez (Pickering kick), 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:47, WIS 20-10
11:04 - WIS - Taylor 21 run (Gaglianone kick), 7 plays, 71 yards, 3:02, WIS 27-10
6:50 - WIS - Taiwan Deal 20 run (Gaglianone kick), 6 plays, 59 yards, 2:56, WIS 34-10
4:20 - NEB - Jack Stoll 12 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:30, WIS 34-17
12:50 - WIS - Taylor 88 run (Gaglianone kick), 1 play, 88 yards, 0:13, WIS 41-17
9:11 - NEB - Martinez 7 run (Pickering kick), 7 plays, 95 yards, 3:26, WIS 41-24
Kickoff Time: 6:40 p.m.
Time of Game: 3:35
Jeff Gross after Holdrege
McCook Highlight's at Holdrege
Arapahoe, NE - The Southwest Roughriders traveled to Arapahoe to take on the Warriors in High School Football action where Southwest would get a big win on the road on Homecoming night for the Arapahoe Warriors. Southwest would continue to pound the football on the ground with running backs Kaden Guerrero and Ty Bennett with also some help through the air with Quarter Back Blake Williams. Southwest improves record to 2-4 on the year as Arapahoe drops to 3-3 on the season as the Roughriders defeated the Warriors 50-36. Next action for Southwest will be on October 12th hosting Alma, and next action for Arapahoe will also be on October 12th hosting Hitchcock County.
1st Q - 6:00 - 66yd TD pass Blake Williams to Matt Van Pelt - Two Point Conversion Fails - Southwest 6-0
2nd Q - 11:39 - 10yd TD run Carson Schroeder - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 8-6
2nd Q - 7:57 - 16yd TD pass Gentry Anderson to Yordi Gutierrez - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 16-6
2nd Q - 53.2 - 17yd TD run Kaden Guerrero - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 16-14
2nd Q - 7.8 - Southwest Grant Slater pick six - Two Point Conversion Good - Southwest 22-16
3rd Q - 9:03 - 56yd TD run by Kaden Guerrero - Two Point Conversion Good - Southwest 30-16
3rd Q -3:49 - 39yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Yordi Gutierrez - Two Point Conversion Fails - Southwest 30-22
3rd Q - 2:54 - 64yd TD run by Kaden Guerrero - Two Point Conversion Fails - Southwest 36-22
4th Q - 11:55 - 1yd TD run by Ty Bennett - Two Point Conversion Fails - Southwest 42-22
4th Q - 5:19 - 2yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Southwest 42-30
4th Q - 5:11 - 40yd TD run by Kaden Guerrero - Two Point Conversion Good - Southwest 50-30
4th Q - 1:20 - 2yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Southwest 50-36
North Platte 1 McCook 3
LA JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College golf team was unable to follow up a solid-first round and surrendered the lead Friday to Eastern Wyoming by 19 shots, 563-582.
“It was a disappointing day for MCC but just because I want them to win so bad and they have such potential,” MCC Coach Tyler Loop said.
“With that said we had perfect conditions, just didn't execute and some got frustrated with the greens.”
Sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England) finished in second place by following up his 67 Thursday with a 70 Friday for a two-day total of 137.
Freshman Chesney Tatman (North Platte) shot a 147, and Freshman KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) shot a 148. Sophomore Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.) posted an 80 Friday to finish at 150. Freshman Gabe Vielma (McCook) had a 158.
Competing as individuals, sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) shot a 146 and freshman Trevor Oberg (McCook) a 150.
Eastern Wyoming’s Harry Walch won the tournament with a 135.
“They want to win too but I think they are realizing that it is really tough playing with the lead,” Loop said.
The team takes a break from the Region IX schedule Monday and Tuesday and will travel to Gothenburg as Iowa Western Community College will host the Region III Preview Tournament. With discussions for regional re-alignment this will be the opportunity for Region IX teams to see Region III teams. This tournament will not count in the season-long Region IX point standings.
The Indians wrap up the fall schedule on Thursday and Friday at Lamar, Colo., for the Lamar Community College meet.
Eastern Wyoming 286-277 – 563
McCook CC 282-300 – 582
Northeastern JC 300-300 – 600
Otero JC 287-313 – 600
Central Wyoming 294-295 – 584
Lamar CC Insufficient scores
Ronnie Quick 67-70 – 137
Chesney Tatman 72-75 – 147
KC Carlson73-75 – 148
Cameron Lampe70-80 – 150
Gabe Vielma76-82 – 158
Graham Gaspard74-72 – 146 *
Trevor Oberg74-76 – 150 *
*- played as an individuals