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McCook Community College Volleyball Team is Getting Ready for 2017 Season

The McCook Community College Volleyball Team is anxious to get the season going under second-year head coach Hayley Kobza. Last year the Indians finished 8-24. MCC Kicks off the 2017 season on the road at Cloud County Community College in Kansas on Wednesday. First serve from Concordia Kansas is set for 6:30pm.  Be sure to listen to the full interview with Coach Kobza about what the Lady Indians are up to this presason. 


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Huskers Announce 2017 TV Broadcast Schedule

The Nebraska volleyball team will make 15 regular-season television appearances in 2017, as the Big Ten Conference released its composite TV schedule for the season on Thursday.

The Huskers will play one match on ESPNU at Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 29, and the Big Ten Network will televise at least six Husker matches this fall: vs. UCLA (Sept. 8), at Penn State (Sept. 22), vs. Minnesota (Sept. 29), at Wisconsin (Oct. 11), at Michigan State (Oct. 27) and vs. Maryland (Nov. 8).

The Huskers’ home match against Wisconsin on Sept. 30 is available for BTN selection as well but will not be determined until 12 days before the match. If not selected by BTN, the match will be televised on NET, which will televise six other matches throughout the regular season.

The home matches scheduled for an NET broadcast are: UCLA (Sept. 9), Michigan State (Oct. 4), Northwestern (Oct. 20), Illinois (Oct. 21), Rutgers (Nov. 12) and Iowa (Nov. 25). All matches on NET will also be streamed on BTN2GO.com.

NU will open the season against Oregon on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. (CT) in Gainesville, Florida. That match will be streamed on ESPN3. The Huskers will play at Florida on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. (CT), and that match will be televised on the SEC Network (DirecTV Channel 611, DISH Channel 408, Spectrum – Time Warner Cable Channel 384).

The five home matches that are not televised will be streamed on BTN Plus with a subscription. Those matches are the Sept. 1-2 Ameritas Players Challenge matches (UMBC, Oral Roberts and Saint Mary’s), and against Purdue and Indiana on Nov. 3 and 4, respectively. A complete list of web streams will be released at a later date.

Nebraska will hold its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will not be televised or streamed online but will have a Husker Sports Network radio and Huskers.com audio broadcast. Tickets are available for the match here.


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Big Ten Sets Women's Basketball Conference Dates

The Nebraska women's basketball team learned the dates of its 16 conference contests when the Big Ten announced the league-wide schedule live on the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The Huskers, who had previously announced a challenging 13-game non-conference schedule that culminates with a clash against Washington State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, Dec. 22, will open Big Ten play at home against defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion Ohio State on Thursday, Dec. 28.

Following the Big Ten home opener with the Buckeyes, who advanced to the 2017 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, the Huskers will play three straight conference games on the road. Nebraska's three-game holiday road swing begins with a New Year's Eve battle at Minnesota. After their first of two mid-week byes during the conference season, the Huskers head to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 7. Nebraska's three-game road trip concludes at Illinois in Champaign on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

After playing three of their first four Big Ten games away from home, the Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on defending WNIT champion Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Big Red are back at home on Wednesday, Jan. 17 to take on border rival Iowa, before heading to New Jersey to face Rutgers on Sunday, Jan. 21.

After the quick trip to the East Coast, the Huskers are back at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to face 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Purdue, before completing their two-game series with the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Sunday, Jan. 28.

While Nebraska opened January with a three-game road trip, the Huskers begin February with a three-game home stand at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Big Red starts by completing their season series with Illinois on Thursday, Feb. 1, before opening their two-game conference series with defending Big Ten Tournament champion Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 4. Nebraska enjoys its second Big Ten bye week, before wrapping up its home stand with Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers will end a stretch of 16 consecutive days at home with a Valentine's Day road trip to East Lansing to take on 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan State on Feb. 14. Nebraska remains on the road by battling Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday, Feb. 17, before the Huskers play their regular-season home finale against Penn State on Thursday, Feb. 22. The game with the Lady Lions is expected to be the final home game for Husker seniors Jasmine Cincore, Janay Morton and Emily Wood.

Nebraska will wrap up regular-season Big Ten action by facing 2017 NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant Maryland in College Park to complete its two-game season series with the Terrapins.

Nebraska's final four games of Big Ten play will all come against 2017 postseason qualifiers, which should help prepare the Huskers for the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Feb. 28-March 4.

Game times and television information for all of Nebraska's regular-season games will be announced at a later date by the Big Ten. For ticket information for all Husker women's basketball games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, please visit Huskers.com/Tickets.

Nebraska Women's Basketball
2017-18 Big Ten Conference Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 28 - Ohio State - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Dec. 31 - @ Minnesota - Minneapolis, Minn.
Sunday, Jan. 7 - @ Northwestern - Evanston, Ill.
Wednesday, Jan. 10 - @ Illinois - Champaign, Ill.
Saturday, Jan. 13 - Michigan - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Iowa - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Jan. 21 - @ Rutgers - Piscataway, N.J.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 - Purdue - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Jan. 28 - @ Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa
Thursday, Feb. 1 - Illinois - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Feb. 4 - Maryland - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Feb. 11 - Wisconsin - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Wednesday, Feb. 14 - @ Michigan State - East Lansing, Mich.
Saturday, Feb. 17 - @ Indiana - Bloomington, Ind.
Thursday, Feb. 22 - Penn State - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Feb. 25 - @ Maryland - College Park, Md.


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Big Ten Unveils Men's Conference Basketball Slate

Lincoln – For the first time, the Big Ten will play two conference games in early December, as the Big Ten Conference unveiled its 2017-18 conference schedule Wednesday afternoon.

The Huskers will begin Big Ten play on the road, opening Big Ten action on Sunday, Dec. 3, as they travel to East Lansing, Mich. to face Michigan State. Nebraska’s Big Ten home opener will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, as the Huskers welcome Minnesota to Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The move of the opening week of conference play was to eliminate conference games taking place between Christmas and New Year’s Day and allowing student-athletes the opportunity for an expanded holiday break.

“We understand the challenges that present themselves to the league schedule for this season,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “It will be difficult for the entire conference because of the compressed schedule. For the Huskers, we look at an eight-game stretch combining non-conference and Big Ten games from the start of our Orlando trip until the Kansas game on Dec. 16. We play three games in eight days to open January, including road games at Northwestern and Purdue and against Wisconsin at home. We are happy to have two Big Ten games among our four Saturday home games and also have a good stretch of home games late in conference season. Overall, it looks like another exciting conference season of great basketball.”

The 2017-18 season will also see expanded coverage for Big Ten games, as the conference features TV contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ABC, ESPN and ESPN2) and CBS as well as BTN. Big Ten games will be televised on 51 of 55 days on one of its major TV partners from Jan. 2 until the end of the regular season on Feb. 25.

Nebraska will resume conference play on Jan. 2, as the Huskers travel to Northwestern before heading to regular-season champion Purdue on Jan. 6. Nebraska’s first conference home game in January will be against a Wisconsin team that went to the NCAA Sweet 16, capping a stretch of five straight Big Ten opponents which went to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The remainder of the January schedule includes home tilts against Illinois (Jan. 15), Michigan (Jan. 18) and Iowa (Jan. 27) along with road trips to Ohio State (Jan. 22) and Rutgers (Jan. 24). Of note, the Iowa game is one of two Saturday home games during Big Ten play.

After opening the month of February at Minnesota on Feb. 6, the Huskers will be at home for most of the month, as four of the Huskers’ last five games are at home. NU hosts Rutgers (Feb. 10) and Maryland (Feb. 13) before a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 17. The Huskers will be at home for the final week of the regular season, hosting Indiana in the only matchup between the teams on Feb. 20 and hosting Penn State for Senior Night on Sunday, Feb. 25. It marks the first time in 21 years and only the third time since 1970 that Nebraska has ended the regular season with consecutive conference home games.

Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised on one of the Big Ten’s four national TV partners.

Season tickets for the 2017-18 season will go on sale on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The home schedule features Big Ten matchups with NCAA Sweet 16 qualifiers Wisconsin and Michigan as well as Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois while the non-conference slate features a matchup with Kansas. Fans who sign up for the 2017-18 request list by Aug. 21 will be able to participate in the Seat Yourself process.


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Huskers Picked Second in Big Ten Preseason Poll

The Nebraska volleyball team was picked to finish second in the Big Ten Preseason Poll selected by the conference's 14 head coaches. After winning the Big Ten Championship last year, the Huskers were picked behind only Penn State.

Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and senior setter Kelly Hunter were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team. Hunter was an All-Big Ten setter last year while Foecke received honorable mention. Foecke and Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson were the only players to earn a unanimous selection to the preseason team.

Behind Penn State and Nebraska in the poll, Minnesota, Michigan State and Wisconsin rounded out the top five. Purdue was sixth and Michigan was seventh. In the bottom half, Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa were voted Nos. 8, 9 and 10, respectively. Maryland, Northwestern, Indiana and Rutgers finished out the poll. Nebraska will play six of its first eight Big Ten matches against teams picked to finish in the top six in the conference.

The Huskers will hold their annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets are for sale here.

2017 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

  1. Penn State
  2. Nebraska
  3. Minnesota
  4. Michigan State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Purdue
  7. Michigan
  8. Ohio State
  9. Illinois
  10. Iowa
  11. Maryland
  12. Northwestern
  13. Indiana
  14. Rutgers

2017 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM

 Ali Bastianelli, Illinois, Jr., MB
Jordyn Poulter, Illinois, Jr., S
Claire Kieffer-Wright, Michigan, Sr., MB
Alyssa Garvelink, Michigan State, Sr., MB
Alexis Hart, Minnesota, So., OH
Molly Lohman, Minnesota, Sr., MB
*Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota, Jr., S
*Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska. Jr., OH
Kelly Hunter, Nebraska, Sr., S
Ali Frantti, Penn State, Sr., OH
Simone Lee, Penn State, Sr., OH
Haleigh Washington, Penn State, Sr., MB
Danielle Cuttino, Purdue, Sr., OH
Molly Haggerty, Wisconsin, So., OH
Tionna Williams, Wisconsin, Jr., MB
* - unanimous selection

 


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Defense Brings Confidence in 3-4 Scheme

Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday outside the Hawks Championship Center on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets.

Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco addressed the media after practice, commenting on the previous scrimmages and the defense’s improvement.

“Everything is positive,” Diaco said. “Every coach is improving. Every player on defense is getting better. We’re a work in progress. We have a whole bunch of players that have never participated in the games but they’re getting ready. They’re working, they’re giving everything they possibly have to give. They are really embracing that and coming to work. No one is disappointed.”

Diaco touched on the uniqueness of the new defensive scheme and how it will bring a sound defense.

“We’re on our own system,” Diaco said. “We built it and 3-4 is a component and a building block and a piece. Like all strong foundations there are other pieces. We’re pleased with where we’re at as it relates to the [installation]. We are about players and players playing the plays. If we can care for each other really well and be fundamentally sound as a position, as a player and then ultimately as a sound defense with our principles, we believe we can defend.”

Coach Diaco mentioned the vital roles of the defensive staff on games days. Diaco will be in the press box relying on the defensive staff on the sideline for communication.

“The defensive staff will [work] to perform at a high level on game day,” Diaco said. “Everybody has a role. We practice those roles. We don’t just talk about the roles. Everybody knows what the roles are in detail and we’llpractice several instances of those roles being executed.”

On sophomore Caleb Lightbourn, Diaco sees improvement and discipline.

“He’s (Caleb Lightbourn) becoming more consistent,” Diaco said. “He’s maturing. He takes accountability more and is coachable. He really spends time inspecting his movement and the things that went wrong. [He] spends time and discipline trying to [make a habit of] his movements. You don’t want to have a lot of moving parts. So you try to duplicate the same thing over and over again. He’s very critical of that sweet spot, that movement that he needs to be in that grove. We’re working hard at it and he is to.”

Diaco discusses his thoughts on the linebackers’ confidence and how it is built.

“You’d be hopeful that a completive mindset is being built that’s real,” Diaco said. “Not false bravado, not fake nonsense, but one that’s real. You work, you do the work, you put the work in and you prepare yourself to try to create an environment that the contest is going to be like and you perform - it should build confidence. Playing in a game is what really becomes a catalyst for this positive spiral upward of habit, preparation, expectation, mindset, confidence and on and on up.”

The Huskers are back on the practice field on Wednesday morning as they wrap up their last before school starts. Check huskers.com for more information.


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McCook finishes week one of practice

McCook - Pictures and a two hour scrimmage took place on Saturday morning at Weiland Field capped off the first week of practice. McCook will who has finished the last four seasons with a combined record of 40-8 ending each season in the semi-finals vs Omaha Skutt, Elkhorn, Aurora, and Elkhorn South. The Bison are preparing for the opening game of the 2017 season as they will make a trip to Aurora. The Huskies last year finished with a 8-3 record as they lost in the second round of the playoffs to Elkhorn South to end the season. 

 

Listen below to a interview after Saturday's scrimmage with head coach Jeff Gross. 

 

 


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ADIDAS AND UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH A FOCUS ON COLLABORATION AND CREATIVITY

PORTLAND, Ore. August 11, 2017 – adidas and the University of Nebraska have renewed its long-term apparel and footwear partnership with a heightened collaborative commitment to drive the future of sport and athlete performance. The news falls on the heels of several recent adidas partnership announcements including the National Hockey League (NHL), USA Volleyball, USA Rugby and most recently, Major League Soccer (MLS). The agreement echoes the original terms, in which adidas continues to provide footwear, uniforms, apparel and accessories to the Huskers in all 24 of its varsity sports in the Big Ten Conference. Building on the success of its existing relationship, the new partnership is grounded in the belief that collegiate athletics has great influence over young athletes, the campus, and communities. “College athletics is the heart of sport in America,” said Mark King, president of adidas North America. “With Nebraska, we’re not only focused on products for athletes – we’re looking at the entire world of sport. Through innovation and creativity, we’re finding new ways to move athlete performance forward and shape the future of sport. We’re turning the traditional college partnership on its head and reimagining how a sportswear brand and a college can work together.” One shared goal that Nebraska and adidas are focused on is to make athletes better – all through the work of the state-of- the-art Nebraska Athlete Performance Laboratory (NAPL) to drive the future of sport and athlete performance. Through collaboration, adidas and Nebraska are evaluating new ways of serving the holistic needs of the athlete through product innovation, services and experiences. The 20,000 square-foot NAPL houses cutting-edge technology, including a motion-analysis system, force plates, metabolic testing, IDXA scanner, which is considered the “gold standard” in body composition testing, research-grade ultrasound and bioscience laboratory. The NAPL allows researchers space to conduct advanced research on everything from the biomechanics of elite athletes to athletic and nutrition supplements to biomarkers that measure saliva and recovery time to cardiovascular research to athletic equipment research in footwear, apparel and hardgoods design. "The University of Nebraska and adidas have been tremendous partners for more than two decades and we are thrilled that it will continue for years to come,” Nebraska Director of Athletics, Shawn Eichorst said. “We share core values, a passion for elite performance, competitive excellence, and innovative approaches to technology. We are honored that our programs will continue to be outfitted with world-class adidas footwear, equipment and apparel. Nebraska Athletics and adidas will continue to flourish together, and our boundaries of success are limitless." The new partnership is for 11 years, through June 30, 2028. adidas and the University of Nebraska have been partners since 1995. About adidas: Adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic and lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the best sports brand in the world. As an innovation and design leader, adidas engineers the best in high-performance products to make athletes better, faster and stronger and creates a range of classic and fresh lifestyle and high-fashion lines.

 


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Huskers Announce 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule

Lincoln - A December showdown with Kansas at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a tournament in Florida and a pair of conference challenges highlight Nebraska’s 2017-18 scheduled released Wednesday.

“Our non-conference schedule is very strong again this season,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “We design our schedule with the idea that we want to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. We have great home games and challenging road games, but I'm excited to put our team to the test. I think it will prepare us well for conference play.”

The 13-game non-conference slate is highlighted by Kansas’ first trip to Lincoln since 2011, as the Huskers will host the Jayhawks on Saturday, Dec. 16 in the Shelter Insurance Showcase. The Jayhawks are coming off a season where they went 31-5, won the Big 12 regular-season title for the 13th straight season and reached the Elite Eight before losing to Oregon. KU’s trip to Lincoln will be the first by a Big 12 team since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Nebraska’s trip to Orlando for the Advocare Invitational includes a strong field, including first-round opponent UCF, which won 24 games and reached the semifinals of the NIT. NU could potentially run into West Virginia in the semifinals. The Mountaineers went 28-9, placed second in the Big 12 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The other teams in the field include Missouri, Oregon State, St. John’s, Marist and Long Beach State.

As previously announced, Nebraska will travel to St. John’s for the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Thursday, Nov. 16, and will host Boston College on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is the second appearance for NU in the Gavitt Games and the first since 2015-16. It is the first time NU has played either St. John’s or Boston College.

In all, four of Nebraska’s non-conference opponents (Kansas, Creighton, North Dakota and UCF) reached postseason play in 2016-17.

The Huskers will open the 2017-18 campaign with home games against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 11, and North Texas on Monday, Nov. 13. Eastern Illinois is coached by Jay Spoonhour, the son of former Husker basketball assistant Charlie Spoonhour and returns four starters. It will mark the first meeting between the schools since 2000 and the seventh all-time matchup between the schools. The meeting with North Texas will be the first for the Huskers since the 2006-07 season, as the Mean Green is led by first-year Head Coach Grant McCasland.

After the trip to St. John’s, the Huskers return to host a North Dakota squad which won 22 games and reached the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in program history after winning the Big Sky Tournament. The Nov. 19 matchup is the fourth between the two programs and the first since 2010-11 campaign.

The Huskers will close November and begin December with a tough stretch, hosting Boston College before starting Big Ten play with two games. Dates and opponents for the conference matchups will be announced at a later date.

Nebraska returns to non-conference action with the annual matchup against Creighton on Dec. 9 in Omaha, as the Bluejays went 25-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays return a pair of starters, including senior guard Marcus Foster. The matchup with the Bluejays begins a stretch of back-to-back games against NCAA Tournament teams, as the Huskers will host Kansas on Dec. 16 after final exams.

NU will close non-conference play with home matchups against UTSA (Dec. 20), Delaware State (Dec. 22) and Stetson (Dec. 29). The matchups with UTSA and Stetson will bring a pair of former Big Eight standouts back to Lincoln. UTSA is coached by Steve Henson, who played at Kansas State in the late 1980s, while Stetson coach Corey Williams led Oklahoma State to a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1991 and 1992.


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Huskers Ranked No. 5 in AVCA Preseason Poll

The Nebraska volleyball team will begin the 2017 season at No. 5 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Wednesday.

The Huskers totaled 1,313 points in the poll to earn a top-five preseason ranking for the third straight season. Texas took the No. 1 spot with 25 first-place votes, while defending national champion Stanford earned the No. 2 ranking despite having the most first-place votes, 35. Washington and Minnesota were ranked third and fourth, respectively, each receiving two first-place votes.

The Huskers, who finished 31-3 last year and reached the NCAA semifinals for a second straight year, will open the season against No. 18 Oregon at the VERT Challenge in Gainesville, Florida on Friday, Aug. 25. NU will also face No. 12 Florida on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Gainesville.

If the Huskers are to repeat as Big Ten Champions for the first time since joining the conference in 2011, they will have to navigate a loaded Big Ten Conference once again. Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the preseason poll - more than any other conference - and four teams are ranked in the top seven (No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Wisconsin). Nebraska has 14 matches scheduled against preseason top-25 teams, and 10 of its first 18 matches will be against ranked opponents.

Nebraska will hold its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.


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