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Huskers To Face Mississippi State in Charity Exhibition Game

Lincoln -- The University of Nebraska and Mississippi State University basketball programs will look to raise money for hurricane victims, as the programs will square off in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.

Nebraska and Mississippi State together sought and received a waiver from the NCAA to play the extra exhibition game with the sole purpose to benefit hurricane victims. While admission is free for Sunday’s game, representatives from the MSU Student Relief Fund and the Salvation Army will be collecting monetary donations to benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

“Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm which affected many people in the Southeast and in the Caribbean,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “Our goal is that we can raise a lot of money for those who need it and have a great time competing against Coach (Ben) Howland and his team. It is a great platform for our two programs to raise awareness and help people in need. We look forward to Sunday afternoon and it should be an exciting game.”

“This is a great opportunity to help so many people in need who were affected by the hurricane,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “Hurricane Irma was devastating, and our hearts and prayers have been with everyone as they have dealt with horrific and tragic loss. This is a chance for us to do our part in helping those in need.”

“I so appreciated Nebraska and Coach Miles for their incredible willingness to support this effort. It’s going to be a fun day for two Power 5 teams to play an exhibition game and get a head start on the season.”

Mississippi State returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from a team that went 16-16 last season for Howland, who enters his third year at Mississippi State.

The Huskers return nine letterwinners, including four players who started at least nine games last season. Junior guard Glynn Watson Jr. headlines the returnees, as he averaged 13.0 points per game, while junior forward Jack McVeigh averaged 7.5 points per game. NU also returns Evan Taylor, who started 21 games last season, and Jordy Tshimanga, who made nine Big Ten starts as a freshman in 2016-17.

Sunday’s game is a rare matchup between the two schools. In regular-season play, the two teams have met just once, with the Bulldogs claiming a 69-66 win in the Ford Far West Classic in Portland, Ore., in 1995.

Sunday’s game will be broadcast by the Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka on the call and available on Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. It will be made available to any of the HSN affiliates to carry.

Fans are encouraged to check with their local HSN affiliate to see if they are carrying Sunday’s game.

The Huskers will host Northwood (Mich.) in its other exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 7, before taking on Eastern Illinois in the 2017-18 season opener on Saturday, Nov. 11.


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Huskers Return Home for Northwestern, Illinois

After three straight matches on the road, the Nebraska volleyball team returns home to finish the first half of the Big Ten schedule with matches against Northwestern and Illinois this weekend. The seventh-ranked Huskers will host Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, and then they will face Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center. Both matches will be televised on NET and streamed online at BTN2GO.com. Friday’s broadcast will feature Larry Punteney and Justine Wong-Orantes calling the action. Saturday’s broadcast will have Brenda VanLengen and Kathi Wieskamp on the call.

CHI is sponsoring Saturday night’s annual “Pink Night” match. CHI has donated its sponsor tickets for the match to breast cancer survivors.

Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Friday and AM 590 on Saturday.. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

About the Huskers
• The Huskers enter the weekend with a 14-4 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Big Ten. Of the Huskers’ seven Big Ten wins, five have come against top-16 teams.
• Nebraska has played six matches against top-16 teams in the past four weeks. Of the Huskers’ remaining 12 matches, just two are ranked in the AVCA Poll (No. 10 Michigan State and No. 17 Purdue).
• Nebraska ranks 15th nationally and first in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage at .155.
• The Huskers rank second among Big Ten teams in digs per set at 15.76.
• Nebraska is 18th nationally and third in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.25.
• Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.25 kills per set and adds 2.44 digs per set. Foecke set a season high with 21 kills on .476 hitting at Purdue last Saturday. She became the first Husker to eclipse 20 kills in a match this season. Foecke is closing in on 1,000 career kills as the junior now sits at 934.
• Annika Albrecht provides 3.16 kills per set and 2.68 digs per set. Albrecht has 120 career service aces, which ranks eighth in NU career history.
• Jazz Sweet adds 2.35 kills per set.
• Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.54 assists per set and 2.72 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,450 career assists at NU.
• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.47 kills and 1.00 blocks per set with a team-high .328 hitting percentage.
• Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.02 digs per set.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.17 kills and 0.98 blocks per set for the Huskers.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (513-69); 25th year overall (674-142)
• Shane Davis, Northwestern: 2nd year at Northwestern (22-30); 14th year overall (287-118)
• Chris Tamas, Illinois: 1st year at Illinois (15-4)

Series History
• Nebraska is 10-1 all-time against Northwestern and 6-1 in the Big Ten era. After dropping the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes in 2011, Nebraska has won six straight in the series, the last three coming in sweeps. Northwestern has never beaten the Huskers in six visits to Lincoln.
• Nebraska is 23-7-1 all-time against Illinois. The Huskers have swept four straight matches against the Fighting Illini, including two last year. NU is 8-2 against Illinois since joining the Big Ten and is 4-1 in matches played in Lincoln. Illinois’ last win against the Huskers was Nov. 26, 2014, 3-2 in Champaign.

Scouting Northwestern
• Northwestern brings a 12-8 overall record and 2-6 Big Ten record to the Devaney Center. The Wildcats are the top serving team in the Big Ten this season with 1.81 aces per set, which ranks fourth nationally. Northwestern’s .264 average hitting percentage ranks sixth in the conference, while its .217 opponent hitting percentage ranks 11th. The Wildcats lean heavily on the arm of Symone Abbott, who leads the Big Ten in total attacks this season with 775. Abbott leads the Big Ten in kills per set at 4.40, a mark that ranks 17th nationally.

Scouting Illinois
• Illinois is 15-4 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten entering a Friday match at Iowa. The Fighting Illini are coached by former Husker assistant coach Chris Tamas, who is in his first season at the helm. Tamas helped Nebraska win a national championship in 2015 and a Big Ten championship in 2016 in his two seasons on the Husker bench. Illinois has won three straight matches entering the week. The Fighting Illini lead all Big Ten teams with 3.02 blocks per set, which ranks ninth in the nation. Ali Bastianelli leads the nation with 1.80 blocks per set and is fourth nationally in hitting percentage at .448. Jacqueline Quade puts down 3.52 kills per set, while setter Jordyn Poulter provides 11.16 assists per set.

Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
• All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
• Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
• Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,450 career assists at NU.
• Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
• She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.
• For the season, Hunter is averaging 10.54 assists per set and 2.72 digs per set.

Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
• Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
• Albrecht provides 3.16 kills and 2.68 digs per set along with 15 service aces. She ranks eighth in school history in career aces with 120.
• The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

Foecke Excelling in Six-Rotation Role
• Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.25 kills per set to lead the Huskers. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
• Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 2.44 digs per set. Foecke has five double-doubles this season and leads the team in aces with 17.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
• Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
• Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
• Holman is averaging 2.47 kills and a team-best 1.00 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .328. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
• Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
• Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.
Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact
• With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and that has happened. All seven have seen playing time this season.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.17 kills per set and has started every match.
• Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is fourth on the team in kills at 2.35 per set and is hitting .278. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
• Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in nine matches and has 136 set assists, 43 digs and five service aces.
• Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s and has played in nine matches.
• Freshman defensive specialist Hayley Densberger has earned a reputation as one of the Huskers’ best servers and has three aces and 17 digs in 13 matches played.
• Freshman middle blocker Chesney McClellan has played in two matches and started the Rutgers match on Sept. 23, producing seven kills and four blocks on .462 hitting.
• Freshman outside hitter Sami Slaughter has also played in two matches.

Huskers Ranked No. 7 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 7 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 463 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 518 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Cook Adds to Legacy; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 674 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .881 win percentage in that time (513-69).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
• The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
• The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 227 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
• The Devaney Center has hosted three of the four largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and six of the 10 largest.

Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers
• The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
• Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
• On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

New Players, New Coaches
• Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
• Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
• Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.


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2017 SWC Volleyball Bracket Released

The 2017 Southwest Conference Volleyball Tournament begins on Saturday, October 21st for the McCook Bison as they travel to Valentine.  McCook is seeded 3rd and will take on 6th seed Broken Bow.  View the link to see the full bracket.


Bill Moos Named Nebraska's Athletic Director

Bill Moos, a distinguished collegiate athletics leader who elevated programs at the University of Oregon and Washington State University to national prominence, has been named the University of Nebraska’s new athletic director, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced today.

Moos, who has been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, will begin his tenure in Lincoln on Oct. 23.

“Nebraska has secured a proven winner in Bill Moos to lead Husker Athletics into a new era of excellence,” Green said. “It was clear that Bill stood out in a very competitive, tremendously gifted pool of candidates, not only because of his proven ability to lead programs to greatness, but because of his reputation for integrity in building and leading those programs.”

“In discussing this opportunity with Bill, it was obvious he is ready to bring his tested brand of leadership to the Big Red,” Green said. "Throughout his distinguished career, he has exhibited a combination of passion, wisdom and an ability to bring people together in pursuit of a common goal. Those traits fit Nebraska like a glove.”

Green said the stature and strength of the Nebraska brand – including its long history of success as well as its unrivaled academic and life-skills support for student-athletes – drew considerable interest from top AD candidates around the country.

The chancellor said Moos rose to the top of a group of candidates that included several sitting athletic directors from Power 5 conference schools. Moos, he said, is a program-builder who forges enduring relationships with coaches, student-athletes, staff, supporters and fans.

Moos, 66, has agreed to a five-year contract with Nebraska with a base annual salary of $1 million, plus incentives.

“To lead one of the most storied and successful athletic programs in the nation is a true honor,” Moos said. “Nebraska is a very special place, known far and wide for its phenomenal fans, for doing things the right way, for supporting its students, honoring its athletic legacy and maintaining excellence in athletics success across the board. I am proud to help build upon these Husker traditions.”

In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. As the dean of Pac-12 athletic directors, he was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.

Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his athletics career in 1982 as assistant athletics director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.

Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin.


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Huskers Fall at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell for the first time in Big Ten play as No. 11 Wisconsin topped the Huskers 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 25-23) on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 6,012 at the UW Field House.

The Huskers (13-4, 6-1 Big Ten) had their seven-match win streak snapped by the Badgers, who broke out of a three-match skid to improve to 12-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin outhit the Huskers .296 to .163 and had a 13-8 advantage in blocks.

Jazz Sweet had 11 kills to lead the Huskers. Briana Holman had nine kills and three blocks, and Mikaela Foecke added nine kills and 11 digs. Annika Albrecht finished with eight kills and nine digs.

Kelly Hunter had 35 assists and 10 digs for her fifth-straight double-double. Kenzie Maloney had 11 digs, and Lauren Stivrins had a team-high four blocks to go with five kills.

Wisconsin was led by Madison Duello's 13 kills. Dana Rettke had 12 kills and eight blocks.

Set 1: The Huskers played the first set from behind after falling down 4-1. With the help of four early Wisconsin service errors, NU got within one on five occasions but couldn't tie the score. The Badgers pulled ahead 13-8 after a 5-1 run with all five points via kills. Foecke and Albrecht hammered consecutive kills to cut it to 14-11, but Wisconsin went on a 6-1 run to go up 20-12. The Badgers finished the 25-16 win with a .382 hitting percentage, while the Huskers were held to .000 hitting and were blocked five times.

Set 2: Wisconsin took control immediately with a 9-1 spurt to open the set. Nebraska would get within six at 16-10 but could get no closer as Wisconsin went up 2-0 in the match after a 25-15 victory. The Badgers limited NU to -.094 hitting in the frame and had five blocks.

Set 3: Nebraska took its first lead of the match after an ace by Foecke made it 5-4. The Badgers reclaimed a 9-7 lead with a 4-1 run, but Albrecht tallied a kill and an ace to even the set at 9-9. With NU down 11-10, Holman took over with two kills and a solo block on three straight rallies. Wisconsin then committed an attacking error for a 14-11 Husker lead. Stivrins tipped a kill to the floor, Sweet tooled the block, and Albrecht and Stivrins posted a stuff block for a 19-13 advantage as the Huskers picked up steam. After Wisconsin cut it to 20-16, Hunter dumped a kill, and a Stivrins kill followed by a pair of Badger hitting errors had the Huskers up 24-17. NU clinched the set on a stuff block by Foecke and Holman. Nebraska was much sharper in set three, hitting .368 to just .121 for the Badgers. The Huskers had 18 kills after totaling 14 in the first two sets combined. The Huskers outblocked the Badgers 3-1.

Set 4: Wisconsin committed two service errors and Albrecht and Foecke had kills as the Huskers went up 5-3 early. Wisconsin came back to take a 9-8 lead after a 3-0 run, but another dump by Hunter and a solo block by the captain made it 10-9 Huskers. Wisconsin led 16-14 when Sweet tallied her ninth kill, and Foecke terminated to tie the set at 16-16. A block by Stivrins and Albrecht gave the Huskers a 17-16 edge to cap the 3-0 run. After Wisconsin tied it 17-17, Albrecht posted a kill and Foecke and Stivrins combined for a block and a 19-17 lead. The Badgers tied the set at 20-20 after a kill and block by Rettke, and the Huskers spent a timeout. Another kill by Rettke put the Badgers up 22-21, and Duello followed for a 23-21 Badger advantage. Sweet sparked the Huskers out of a timeout with back-to-back kills to tie the set at 23-23. But Rettke earned match point for the Badgers, and Duello got a kill to finish the match, 25-23.

Up Next: Nebraska will look to rebound at No. 16 Purdue on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT).


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Huskers to Host Red-White Series

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska baseball team concludes its fall practice with the annual Red-White Series at Hawks Field, beginning this week.

The three-game set starts with Game 1, which will consist of six innings, on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. (CT). Games 2 and 3, which are each five innings, are set for Monday, Oct. 16 starting at 6 p.m. All three games are open to the public and are free to attend. Gates will open 60 minutes prior to game time.

The Huskers will sign autographs before Friday’s game from 5-5:40 p.m., on the third-base concourse. In addition, fans are encouraged to wear costumes for Friday’s game, as a Fan Costume Contest will be held with a chance for someone to win a trophy and Husker Prize Pack. For all three games, fans can play Baseball BINGO for a chance to win a Husker Prize Pack.

Season tickets for the 2018 season will be on sale at the inside ticket window at Hawks Field until the fourth inning of Games 1 and 2. Packages to watch the reigning Big Ten champions start at $156. The Huskers announced their 2018 schedule last week, which is now available on Huskers.com.

Red-White Series Schedule
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 13 - 6 p.m. (6 innings)
Game 2: Monday, Oct. 16 - 6 p.m. (5 innings)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 16 - following Game 2 (5 innings)


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Morgan Added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Lincoln -- University of Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. was one of nine players added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List released Wednesday morning. The award is given to the nation’s top receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

Morgan has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top playmakers during the first half of the season for the Big Red. Morgan leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (510), receiving yards per game (102.0), touchdowns (five) and 100-yard games (three) while ranking third in both receptions (30) and receptions per game (5.0). Morgan, a junior from New Orleans, La., has already eclipsed personal bests in receiving yards and touchdowns and is three receptions away from matching his personal best in receptions.

Morgan caught a career-high eight passes in the win over Illinois before finishing with a career-high 115 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown reception, against No. 9 Wisconsin last Saturday. Morgan, who missed one game because of injury, trails only Johnny Rodgers’ Heisman winning season (1972) for most receiving yards through Nebraska’s first six contests of a season.

The Huskers will face their second straight top-10 opponent on Saturday, as NU welcomes Ohio State to Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1 and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.


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Huskers Visit Wisconsin for Wednesday Match on BTN

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team travels to face No. 11 Wisconsin on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Wisconsin Field House in Madison, Wisconsin. Wednesday’s match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at BTN2GO.com.

Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

About the Huskers
• The Huskers enter the match with a 13-3 overall record and 6-0 mark in the Big Ten after a 3-0 sweep at Iowa on Saturday. Of the Huskers’ six Big Ten wins, four have come against top-15 teams.
• The Huskers are the last remaining unbeaten team in Big Ten play. Nebraska’s 6-0 start to Big Ten action is its best start since beginning the 2011 season with an 11-0 conference record.
• The Huskers have won their last six matches against top-15 opponents, matching the most consecutive wins by NU against top-15 teams in a season since 2006, when they beat seven top-15 teams in a row.
• Nebraska ranks ninth nationally and first in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage at .148.
• The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 16 opponents this season under .250 hitting. The last time they accomplished that feat was in 2007 when they held their first 19 opponents under .250.
• The Huskers lead all Big Ten teams in digs per set with 16.22.
• Nebraska is 14th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.45.
• Annika Albrecht leads the Huskers with 3.24 kills per set and 2.78 digs per set. In Big Ten matches only, Albrecht ranks fourth in the Big Ten in kills at 4.14 per set.
• Albrecht has 117 career service aces, which is tied for ninth in NU career history.
• Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.18 kills per set and 2.51 digs per set.
• Jazz Sweet adds 2.38 kills per set.
• Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.65 assists per set and 2.70 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,371 career assists at NU.
• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.50 kills and 1.04 blocks per set with a team-high .336 hitting percentage. Holman’s hitting percentage of .411 in Big Ten matches ranks fifth in the conference.
• Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.18 digs per set.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.27 kills and 0.98 blocks per set for the Huskers.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (512-68); 25th year overall (673-141)
• Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin: 5th year at Wisconsin (123-29); 17th year overall (396-141)

Series History
• Nebraska leads Wisconsin, 19-3-1, and is 8-2 in the Big Ten era.
• Nebraska beat Wisconsin, 3-2, on Sept. 30 in Lincoln. The Huskers fell behind 0-2 after the Badgers won the first two sets 25-22, 25-17. The Huskers stormed back to win the final three frames, 25-20, 25-23, 15-8. Annika Albrecht had 18 kills and 12 digs, while Mikaela Foecke pounded 15 kills and had nine digs.
• The Huskers’ last trip to Madison was a 3-0 loss in 2014. NU’s last win at Wisconsin was Nov. 8, 2013, a 3-1 victory.

Scouting Wisconsin
• No. 11 Wisconsin (11-4, 2-4 Big Ten) has lost three straight matches, a skid that started Sept. 30 in Lincoln when the Huskers came back from down 0-2 to beat the Badgers. Wisconsin’s losses since then have been to No. 6 Minnesota in five sets in Madison and on the road at No. 14 Michigan State in four sets. Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the Badgers with 3.19 kills and 1.38 blocks per set, and the 6-8 standout is hitting .429. Kelli Bates provides 3.08 kills per set and 2.51 digs per set. Bates led the Badgers in the first meeting with NU this season, notching 20 kills and 10 digs. Tionna Williams was a third-team AVCA All-American last year. She averages 2.50 kills and 1.28 blocks while hitting .444.

Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
• All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
• Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
• Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,371 career assists at NU.
• Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
• She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.

Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
• Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
• Albrecht leads the team in kills with 3.24 per set and adds 2.78 digs per set and 12 service aces. She ranks ninth in school history in career aces with 117.
• The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

Foecke Excelling in Six-Rotation Role
• Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.18 kills per set. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
• Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 2.51 digs per set. Foecke has five double-doubles this season and leads the team in aces with 15.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
• Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
• Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
• Holman is averaging 2.50 kills and a team-best 1.04 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .336. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
• Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
• Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.

Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact
• With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and that has happened.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.27 kills per set and has started every match.
• Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is fourth on the team in kills at 2.38 per set and is hitting .295. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
• Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in seven matches with an average of 6.14 assists and 1.82 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
• Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s and has played in nine matches.

Huskers Ranked No. 4 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll for the second straight week, its highest ranking of the season. The Huskers have climbed 10 spots from their No. 14 ranking three weeks ago.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 462 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 517 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Cook Adds to Legacy; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 672 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .883 win percentage in that time (512-68).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
• The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
• The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 227 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
• The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.

Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers
• The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
• Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
• On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

New Players, New Coaches
• Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
• Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
• Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.

 


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McCook Softball Team Heads To State For The First Time Since 2014

The McCook Bison Softball Team heads back to Hastings for the State Softball Tournament for the first time since 2014.  It wasn't an easy road to the state tournament for McCook.  The class B6 double elimination format district tournament started on Thursday, with McCook defeating Scottsbluff 11-1 in the opening game.  McCook then played Alliance and beat them 11-2 to advance to the Semi-Finals and play North Platte. The Semi-Final game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday, but with rain and wet fields games were pushed until Saturday.  Crews were out all morning with rakes and propane torches to try and dry up the field. McCook would lose to North Platte 4-0 sending McCook to an elimination game to take on Alliance.  McCook would win to keep their season alive 7-2.  Now McCook would have to beat North Platte twice in order to advance to the state tournament, and the Bison did just that winning 6-5, and 13-6 to punch their ticket to State.  McCook (21-13) has drawn the #8 seed in the tournament and will take on #1 seed Elkhorn South (22-5).  Listen to the game on 93.9 The Zone and online 939thezone.com.  Taco Johns Pregame Show starts at 1:45pm with first pitch at 2:00pm. 


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