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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL

Arcadia-Loup City 53, Amherst 50

Bloomfield 42, Randolph 37

Cozad 75, Cambridge 58

Dorchester 40, Osceola 33

Grand Island Central Catholic 71, Minden 38

Humphrey St. Francis 65, Clearwater/Orchard 47

Lincoln High 72, Lincoln Northeast 49

Lusk, Wyo. 48, Sioux County 30

Maxwell 52, Sandhills/Thedford 46

Omaha Christian Academy 60, Cedar Bluffs 46

Omaha Northwest 61, Millard South 56

Ord 56, Central City 39

Palmyra 59, Weeping Water 20

Riverside 81, CWC 31

Sutherland 46, Wallace 28

Wilcox-Hildreth 49, Arapahoe 37

Wisner-Pilger 58, Oakland-Craig 50

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Omaha Nation 61, Little Wound, S.D. 57

 

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL

Arcadia-Loup City 50, Amherst 32

Ashland-Greenwood 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 47

Bishop Neumann 59, Norris 50, OT

Blair 34, Platteview 26

Cambridge 56, Cozad 34

Clarkson/Leigh 49, Madison 22

Columbus Lakeview 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 23

Dorchester 51, Osceola 10

Grand Island Central Catholic 63, Minden 30

Guardian Angels 53, Winnebago 40

Humphrey St. Francis 80, Clearwater/Orchard 21

Hyannis 47, Crawford 35

Lusk, Wyo. 49, Sioux County 29

Maywood-Hayes Center 56, Brady 36

Millard South 61, Omaha Northwest 55

Norfolk Catholic 49, Lutheran High Northeast 34

North Platte St. Patrick's 51, Gothenburg 37

Oakland-Craig 54, Wisner-Pilger 37

Omaha Benson 70, Omaha North 34

Ord 69, Central City 26

Ponca 36, Vermillion, S.D. 32

Randolph 49, Bloomfield 17

Sandhills/Thedford 31, Maxwell 30

Seward 44, Omaha Concordia 26

South Sioux City 70, Sioux City, West, Iowa 62

Southern 34, Falls City 19

St. Thomas More, S.D. 62, Alliance 30

Sutherland 26, Wallace 12

Weeping Water 66, Palmyra 32

Wilcox-Hildreth 31, Arapahoe 29

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Tiospa Zina Tribal, S.D. 55, Omaha Nation 46





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McCook Community College’s Ryan Maddera, has signed a national letter of intent to continue her volleyball next year at Division I Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.

The sophomore from Greeley West High School in Colorado first came to MCC in December of 2016 for open tryouts.

“I had a few JUCOS looking at me in high school and actually I didn’t know I was coming to MCC for a tryout, I just thought it was a camp,” Maddera recalls. As soon as she set foot in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, she was sold. “Of all the places I’d visited, MCC has by far the nicest gym.”

“Her journey from a tryout camp all the way to a Division I scholarship is a testament to what hard work in the off-season can help you accomplish,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

“I hope girls will look at what she did to her body and mindset in the offseason as an example of how far you can come with two years of dedication,” Kobza said.

Maddera said during her visit to SE Louisiana, she liked everything about the campus, the city, the culture – even seeing her first alligator -- but mostly that she connected with the coach and teammates and felt like this was the best chance for her to be successful at the next level.

Under new Lady Lion Coach Jeremy White, Maddera is expecting to move to a right-side setter position.

“I’ve never played setter in my life, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she said.

“She proved to us she can change positions starting out as an outside hitter for us and them moving to the middle,” Kobza said. “She loves the sport and will do whatever she can do for the team.”

Maddera played in 35 matches this past season for the Lady Indians and recorded 398 kills, 228 digs, 16 solo blocks, 73 total blocks and 42 service aces.

She ranked fourth among hitters in the Region IX South division in total kills, her 3.18 kills per set ranked seventh, and total blocks ranked 14th.

Maddera was part of a seven-sophomore class which posted back-to-back 20-win seasons – the first 20 win seasons in recent memory and the school’s first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship since 1980.

But for Ryan, her time at MCC was more than just pumping up the win total.

“Yes we were pretty good, but I think more importantly, we worked so well together on and off the court,” she said. “I am really proud of what we accomplished.”





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL

Adams Central 80, Minden 46

Ainsworth 56, Valentine 37

Allen 54, Cedar Bluffs 43

Anselmo-Merna 57, Overton 44

Ansley-Litchfield 72, Twin Loup 30

Arlington 61, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 40

Bertrand 74, Eustis-Farnam 61

Bishop Neumann 66, Aquinas 55

Blair 78, Ralston 54

Boone Central/Newman Grove 48, Twin River 42

Boys Town 63, Douglas County West 55

Cambridge 84, Elwood 30

Centennial 50, Fairbury 32

Centura 65, Central Valley 51

Clearwater/Orchard 71, Stuart 47

Columbus 58, Grand Island Northwest 43

Crawford 43, Minatare 19

Doniphan-Trumbull 66, Deshler 49

Dundy County-Stratton 63, Rawlins County, Kan. 60

Elkhorn Mount Michael 45, Norris 41

Elkhorn Valley 44, Elgin Public/Pope John 35

Elmwood-Murdock 64, Weeping Water 28

Exeter/Milligan 65, Friend 37

Falls City Sacred Heart 72, Lewiston 27

Fort Calhoun 46, Plattsmouth 45

Gayville-Volin, S.D. 56, Wausa 52

Gibbon 57, Silver Lake 36

Giltner 45, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hyannis 52

Grand Island Central Catholic 72, Blue Hill 49

Hampton 54, Elba 37

Hartington Cedar Catholic 65, Crofton 46

Hastings St. Cecilia 38, Ord 26

Hemingford 72, Hay Springs 26

Humphrey St. Francis 50, Hartington-Newcastle 49

Johnson-Brock 86, Diller-Odell 60

Kearney Catholic 59, Ravenna 35

Lawrence-Nelson 58, Rock Hills, Kan. 28

Leyton 67, Potter-Dix 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 46, Columbus Lakeview 41

Lutheran High Northeast 51, Norfolk Catholic 47

Madison 62, Plainview 60

Maxwell 63, Creek Valley 62

Nebraska Christian 52, High Plains Community 35

Neligh-Oakdale 59, St. Mary's 45

Niobrara/Verdigre 64, Ewing 36

North Bend Central 73, Stanton 37

North Central 61, Burke, S.D. 50

Ogallala 76, North Platte St. Patrick's 48

Omaha Central 76, Omaha Burke 53

Omaha Concordia 55, Columbus Scotus 50

Omaha Skutt Catholic 76, South Sioux City 44

Osmond 70, Creighton 35

Palmyra 48, Johnson County Central 44

Pawnee City 45, Nebraska City Lourdes 44

Paxton 58, Perkins County 49

Pierce 51, O'Neill 38

Ponca 70, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 56

Riverside 56, Fullerton 52

Sandhills/Thedford 61, Stapleton 17

Southwest 65, Alma 60

St. Edward 49, Winside 34

Sterling 58, Meridian 47

Sutton 58, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 26

Syracuse 53, Nebraska City 40

Wakefield 44, Randolph 18

Walthill 90, Emerson-Hubbard 58

West Holt 62, CWC 37

West Point-Beemer 58, Howells/Dodge 43

Wilcox-Hildreth 60, Red Cloud 12

Winnebago 65, Oakland-Craig 63, OT

Wynot 63, Homer 44

Yutan 80, Tekamah-Herman 22

 

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL

Adams Central 53, Minden 32

Ainsworth 43, Valentine 38

Alma 44, Southwest 29

Ansley-Litchfield 26, Twin Loup 9

Arlington 65, Conestoga 13

Beatrice 58, Omaha Duchesne Academy 30

Bertrand 64, Eustis-Farnam 18

Bishop Neumann 45, Aquinas 38

Blair 61, Ralston 33

Boone Central/Newman Grove 46, Twin River 34

Brady 55, Southern Valley 48

Cambridge 57, Elwood 35

Centennial 51, Fairbury 45, 2OT

Central Valley 43, Centura 29

Chase County 55, Sutherland 27

Clarkson/Leigh 64, David City 23

College View Academy 41, Parkview Christian 35, OT

Columbus Lakeview 39, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 26

Cozad 38, McCook 35

Crawford 44, Minatare 20

Creighton 49, Osmond 26

Doniphan-Trumbull 61, Deshler 24

Dorchester 58, Harvard 47

Douglas County West 58, Boys Town 44

Dundy County-Stratton 62, Rawlins County, Kan. 47

Elkhorn Valley 58, Elgin Public/Pope John 41

Emerson-Hubbard 50, Walthill 43

Ewing 61, Niobrara/Verdigre 25

Exeter/Milligan 58, Friend 27

Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Lewiston 15

Fillmore Central 53, Thayer Central 39

Freeman 46, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 26

Fullerton 56, Riverside 24

Giltner 60, Nebraska Lutheran 25

Gordon/Rushville 50, Hyannis 27

Grand Island Central Catholic 51, Blue Hill 32

Grand Island Northwest 57, Columbus 33

Gretna 60, Omaha Bryan 25

Guardian Angels 55, Archbishop Bergan 49

Hampton 57, Elba 18

Hastings St. Cecilia 78, Ord 21

Heartland 33, Shelby/Rising City 16

Hemingford 41, Hay Springs 18

Humphrey St. Francis 59, Hartington-Newcastle 39

Johnson County Central 50, Palmyra 34

Johnson-Brock 46, Diller-Odell 38

Kearney Catholic 46, Ravenna 38

Lawrence-Nelson 58, Rock Hills, Kan. 28

Leyton 56, Potter-Dix 7

Maxwell 51, Creek Valley 32

Milford 48, Ashland-Greenwood 45

Nebraska Christian 33, High Plains Community 15

Nebraska City Lourdes 61, Pawnee City 32

Neligh-Oakdale 57, St. Mary's 32

North Central 67, Burke, S.D. 25

North Platte St. Patrick's 52, Ogallala 27

Oakland-Craig 67, Winnebago 37

Omaha Northwest 65, Bellevue East 26

Omaha Skutt Catholic 68, South Sioux City 59

Overton 47, Anselmo-Merna 24

Paxton 38, Perkins County 35

Pierce 54, O'Neill 53

Plainview 47, Madison 33

Ponca 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 40

Randolph 46, Wakefield-Allen 37

Silver Lake 42, Gibbon 18

South Loup 44, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28

Spalding Academy 51, Palmer 46

Stanton 49, North Bend Central 35

Sterling 45, Meridian 31

Stuart 47, Clearwater/Orchard 21

Sutton 40, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 35

Syracuse 49, Nebraska City 22

Wahoo 45, Louisville 41

Weeping Water 40, Elmwood-Murdock 31

West Holt 43, CWC 36

West Point-Beemer 63, Howells/Dodge 42

Wilcox-Hildreth 56, Red Cloud 36

Winside 34, St. Edward 31

Wynot 61, Homer 37

Yutan 52, Tekamah-Herman 20





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Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Denver Pioneers
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Live Video: BTN Plus
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (4:15 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn
Huskers Wrap Up Home Stand Against Pioneers
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team concludes its three-game non-conference home stand by playing host to the Denver Pioneers on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• Tip off between the Huskers (4-5) and the Pioneers (7-3) is set for 4:30 p.m. (CT) in Lincoln. Live radio coverage (beginning at 4:15 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM, in Lexington on 880 AM KRVN, and across the state on many other Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App and on TuneIn. A live video stream will be provided by BTN Plus Student U.
• Nebraska has won the first two games in its longest home stand of the season, defeating traditional rival Kansas (58-52, Dec. 5), before rolling to a 96-63 win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). The Huskers have taken the week off from competition for Finals Week at the University of Nebraska before facing the Pioneers.
• Nebraska produced plus-20 rebound margins in the back-to-back wins over the Jayhawks (+21) and Spartans (+28) to become just the third Husker team in history to achieve consecutive plus-20 margins in a season, joining the 2009-10 team and the 1990-91 Husker squad. The 1990-91 Huskers are the only NU team to achieve plus-20 margins in three consecutive games, accomplishing that feat in the first three games of the year.
• The last time Nebraska played Denver in Lincoln, the Huskers worked their way to a 73-38 win (Dec. 30, 2007), including a plus-33 (58-25) rebound margin - the third-largest margin in NU history.
• The 2018-19 version of the Pioneers has produced a 43.3-43.0 (+0.3) rebound margin through their first 10 games of the season, including a 50-32 edge on the glass in a recent win at Southern Utah (Dec. 8). DU was out-rebounded (49-38) in Tuesday’s 66-64 loss at New Mexico State.
• Nebraska got a big performance from 6-5 center Kate Cain in Saturday’s win over San Jose State. The sophomore from Middletown, N.Y., matched her season high with 16 points while grabbing a season-best 17 rebounds for her seventh career double-double and second of the season. Cain, who hit 8-of-9 shots against the Spartans, is shooting a team-best 57.7 percent from the field while averaging 9.2 points and team-bests of 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots.
• The Big Red also received the first career double-double from freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek against San Jose State. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa notched career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action against the Spartans. Veerbeek is averaging 7.7 points and 7.0 rebounds on the year after averaging 10.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in just 18.0 minutes in last week’s wins over Kansas and San Jose State.
• In last Wednesday’s win over the Jayhawks, sophomore Taylor Kissinger recorded her second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The 6-1 guard pitched in 17 points on 5-of-11 three-point shooting in the win over San Jose State. She averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals last week and is shooting a team-best 55.3 percent (21-38) from three-point range, which ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division I through games Dec. 11.
• Saturday’s game with Denver will feature two of the nation’s hottest three-point shooters, as Denver’s Lauren Loven ranks eighth nationally with her 52.3 shooting percentage (41-77) from long range. Loven is averaging 4.1 made threes per game.
• Freshman guard Sam Haiby also has produced double figures five times this season, including a career-high 20 points at Washington State. Haiby has put up double digits against nationally ranked teams Miami (14), Drake (13) and Louisville (12) along with 17 points at Creighton. She is averaging a team-best 10.9 points to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
• Junior guard Hannah Whitish had a season-high eight assists to go along with nine points in the win over San Jose State. Whitish is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 4.2 assists per game.
• Four of Nebraska’s five losses early this season have come against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, including Final Four participant and 2018 ACC champion Louisville, Creighton (NCAA second round), Miami and Drake. Both the Hurricanes (22nd) and Drake (25th) are currently ranked in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 along with No. 4 Louisville.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-5, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. C - 9.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 9.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 7.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 7.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (32-38); 12th Season Overall (225-147)
Denver Pioneers (7-3, 0-0 Summit League)
23 - Madison Nelson - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 14.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg
15 - Courtney Smith - 6-2 - Jr. - C - 11.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg
3 - Lauren Loven - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 17.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg
12 - Claire Gritt - 5-10 - So. - G - 12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
22 - Samantha Romanowski - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Off the Bench
25 - Sydney Mech - 6-2 - Fr. - G/F - 8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg
1 - Grace White - 5-10 - So. - G/F - 6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
32 - Tsimba Malonga - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 6.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg
0 - Abi Curtin - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
10 - Haley Simental - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg
33 - Jasmine Jeffcoat - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg
5 - Anna Jackson - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 0.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Head Coach: Jim Turgeon (Washburn, 1997)
Second Season at Denver (23-17); Fourth Season Overall (77-27)
Scouting the Denver Pioneers
• Denver comes to Lincoln with a 7-3 record after dropping a 66-64 decision at New Mexico State (5-2) on Tuesday night. The Pioneers were outscored 22-14 in the fourth quarter in Las Cruces.
• The Pioneers own a high-powered offense averaging 83.9 points and 9.5 threes per game on 40.8 percent three-point shooting under the direction of second-year coach Jim Turgeon. Jim is the brother of Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, and the uncle of Husker Maddie Simon.
• DU features four players averaging in double figures led by junior Lauren Loven. The 5-7 guard from Scottsdale, Ariz., is averaging 17.0 points per game. Before going 1-for-11 from long range at New Mexico State, Loven was leading the nation in three-pointers made and three-pointers made per game. She ranked second nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.606) and was the only player in the top 15 in percentage with more than 30 makes. Despite going 1-for-11 at NMSU, and 3-for-17 in her last two games, Loven is shooting 53.2 percent (41-77) from three this year.
• Loven scored 20 or more points and hit at least five threes in each of Denver’s first six wins this season. She managed eight points on 2-of-6 shooting in a 71-70 win at Southern Utah (Dec. 8). In DU’s wins, Loven is averaging 20.7 points and 5.6 made threes per game. In the Pioneers’ three losses, she is averaging 7.7 points and 1.3 made threes per game.
• Fellow junior Madison Nelson is nearly averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and a team-best 9.7 rebounds per game. The 6-1 forward from Dover, Minn., had three consecutive double-doubles before being held to 15 points and three rebounds in a loss at Wyoming (Dec. 4). That stretch began with a 23-point, 20-rebound effort in a 117-110 2OT win over Lamar (Nov. 23).
• Sophomore Claire Gritt is averaging 12.2 points and 4.8 boards while leading Denver with 1.8 steals per game. The 5-10 guard ranks second among the Pioneers with 12 threes. Gritt has scored in double figures eight times this season, including a season-high 20 at Northern Colorado (Nov. 16).
• Junior transfer Courtney Smith has averaged 11.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while playing in five games with four starts. She notched a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds in a win over American, then missed the next three games before returning for 15 points and six boards in the loss at Wyoming. Smith, a 6-2 forward from Thorton, Colo., who spent her first two seasons at Northern Colorado, had 12 points and 13 boards in the loss at New Mexico State.
• Sydney Mech, a 6-2 freshman wing out of Englewood, Colo., has pitched in 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. She is shooting 50 percent from the field including a red hot 8-for-10 from three-point range and 89.5 percent (17-19) at the free throw line. She did not play at New Mexico State.
• Senior Samantha Romanowski ranks among the top players in the nation with 6.3 assists per game, while adding 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. The 5-9 guard is also averaging 1.4 blocks per game.
• Sophomore guard Grace White (6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and freshman guard Tsimba Malonga (6.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg) give the Pioneers more good, young production from the backcourt off the bench.
• Junior forward Abi Curtain (2.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg), senior guard Haley Simental (2.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Jasmine Jeffcoat (1.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg) also have seen significant playing time.
• As a team, Denver owns a plus-10.9 scoring margin, a plus-0.3 rebound margin and a minus-0.3 turnover margin. The Pioneers are shooting 44.2 percent from the field, including 40.8 percent from three-point range and a strong 77.5 percent at the free throw line. DU has held opponents to just 37.2 percent shooting from the field, including 32.3 percent from long range. The opposition has hit just 62.9 percent of their free throws.
Nebraska vs. Denver Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Denver, 2-0. Saturday’s game will be the first in more than a decade with Denver, dating back to a 76-55 Nebraska win in the Mile High City on Nov. 24, 2008. The previous season, the Huskers defeated the Pioneers 73-38 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Dec. 30, 2007.
• The previous meeting in Lincoln featured Colorado native and eventual Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page getting 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Huskers, along with Lincoln East graduate and two-sport standout (also soccer at DU), Jenna Cole, getting a start for Denver.
• The game also included a plus-33 (58-25) rebound margin for the Huskers, which is the third-largest margin in the 1,351 games in Husker history.
Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska’s plus-28 rebound margin (56-28) against San Jose State (Dec. 8) tied for the 10th-best margin in school history.
• Nebraska’s 64 total rebounds against Kansas (Dec. 5) tied for the fourth-highest total in school history and was NU’s second-best total ever against a Power Five Conference team, trailing only 66 rebounds against USC (Nov. 18, 2011).
• Nebraska had a plus-21 rebound margin (64-43) in the win over the Jayhawks.
• Nebraska’s back-to-back plus-20 rebound margin games marked the first time the Huskers have accomplished the feat since 2009-10, when NU’s first NCAA Sweet Sixteen team went back-to-back against both Idaho State (+23)/Washington State (+21) and against Albany (+26)/Vermont (+22).
• The only other team to achieve back-to-back plus-20 rebound margins was the 1990-91 squad, which opened the season with three consecutive plus-20 margins against Sam Houston State (+28), James Madison (+27) and Robert Morris (+23). The 1990-91 team is the only Husker squad to achieve three straight plus-20 rebound margins.
• Only five Husker teams (2015-16 (3), 2009-10 (4), 1997-98 (6), 1993-94 (3), 1990-91 (3) have produced three plus-20 rebound margins in the same season.
• Nebraska’s 34 points in the fourth quarter against San Jose State tied for the most in any quarter in school history. It joined 34 in the second quarter at Iowa and 34 in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic in games last season.
• NU’s 62 points in the second half against San Jose State tied for the fifth-most points scored in any half by the Huskers in school history.
• Freshman Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 13 points in a season-opening loss to Drake (Nov. 7). Haiby is the first Husker freshman to lead NU in scoring in an opener since Kelsey Griffin’s 18 in a loss to South Dakota State (Nov. 19, 2005).

Freshmen Contributing Early for Huskers• Nebraska has received production early and often from its 2018-19 freshman class. The four-player class, which was ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation by ESPN last season, features Sam Haiby (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Ashtyn Veerbeek (7.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Leigha Brown (7.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (2.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg).
• Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., leads Nebraska with 10.9 points per game off the bench. She has led the Huskers in scoring in four games, including against nationally ranked Drake (13) and Miami (14), while also scoring a career-high 20 points at Washington State and adding 17 points at Creighton. She owns five double-figure scoring efforts overall, including 12 points at No. 5 Louisville (Nov. 29).
• Haiby also ranks third among the Huskers in assists (2.4 apg).
• Ashtyn Veerbeek is tied with Leigha Brown for second among the Husker freshmen in scoring with 7.7 points per game, while leading the group and ranking second on the team with 7.0 rebounds. Veerbeek produced her first career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). She also ranks second among the Huskers with 12 blocks.
• Leigha Brown set a career high with 18 points in the win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). Brown, who has led the Huskers twice in scoring early in the season, is averaging 7.7 points per game. The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana leads the freshmen with seven three-pointers and has committed a total of just four turnovers over the past eight games.
• Kayla Mershon has pitched in 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for the Huskers, including a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Kansas (Dec. 5). The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., also has dished out five assists and has committed a team-best two turnovers through nine games.
• The freshmen have combined for 37.6 percent (256-of-680) of Nebraska’s points in just 32.8 percent of the team’s total minutes (607-of-1,850) on the season. They also have accounted for just 26.5 percent (40-of-151) of Nebraska’s turnovers.
• Nebraska’s four freshmen are combining to average 28.4 points and 14.2 rebounds per game, while NU’s two sophomores (Kate Cain, Taylor Kissinger) have combined to average 18.4 points and 11.7 boards per contest. Nebraska’s six underclassmen have combined for 62.1 percent of NU’s scoring and 58.4 percent of the team’s rebounding through nine games.

Nebraska Streaks
• Sophomore Kate Cain owns the longest streak of consecutive starts by a Husker with 40.
• Junior Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska’s second-longest streak of starts with 35, while senior Maddie Simon has started 33 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has at least two rebounds in every game of her Nebraska career (41), and she has blocked at least one shot in 39 of 41 games (no blocks in 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Arizona State and no blocks at Creighton, Dec. 2, 2018).
• Sophomore Taylor Kissinger is 8-for-8 at the free throw line to open the season and owns the longest active free throw streak by a Husker. Kissinger also hit eight consecutive three-pointers over a three-game stretch earlier this season.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 321 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 200 consecutive games.
Nebraska’s History of Home Success
• Nebraska had its streak of 12 consecutive season-opening wins snapped with an 83-77 loss to current top-25 team and two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Nov. 7. However, the Huskers still have an outstanding history of success at home, including a 3-1 record at Pinnacle Bank Arena to open 2018-19.
• The Huskers were 10-6 at home in 2017-18, winning five of their final six home games.
• The Huskers went 15-4 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2015-16 after going 12-3 (13-3 at home) in 2014-15. The Huskers are 63-25 (.716) all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the building opened for the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Red went 16-2 at home in 2013-14, suffering their only Big Ten loss to Purdue, 77-75, on Jan. 19, 2014. NU’s 16 home wins in 2013-14 tied the school record for single-season home victories.
• The Huskers played the first regular-season game arena history against USA Today No. 25 UCLA (Nov. 8, 2013) and rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins. NU’s first win over an AP Top 25 team came with a 76-56 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Feb. 8, 2014. The Huskers added their first-ever win over an AP Top 10 team at the arena with a 94-74 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, 2014.
• NU won its first-ever Big Ten home game at Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 66-65 thriller over Northwestern Jan. 2, 2014, before an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014, marked the first overtime game.
• NU suffered its first loss at the arena to Washington State (76-72) on Nov. 30, 2013.
• The Huskers are 452-155 (.745) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 188-59 (.761) over the last 16 seasons (including 2018-19), posting double-figure home victory totals 14 times.
• Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, and added one appearance at Devaney against Utah on Nov. 23, 2014. The Huskers own a 389-130 record at the Devaney Center, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play.




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LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska volleyball student-athletes Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins were named AVCA First-Team All-Americans, and Kenzie Maloney was selected to the AVCA All-America Third Team, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.

Foecke, a senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, earned her second-career All-America honor after earning second-team accolades last year. Stivrins, a sophomore middle blocker from Scottsdale, Arizona, and Maloney, a senior libero from Louisville, Kentucky, were both honored for the first time. Freshman setter Nicklin Hames received honorable mention.

It marks only the second time since 2006 that the Huskers have had two AVCA first-team All-Americans. The Huskers' three AVCA All-America selections improved their nation-leading total to 90 all-time. A nation-leading total of 45 players have combined for the Huskers' 90 awards.

Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.80 kills per set and is averaging 2.69 digs per set and has 43 service aces this season. Her current kills per set average is Nebraska’s best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45). The Husker co-captain was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season. She has 21 aces in her NCAA Tournament career, the second-highest total in Nebraska history. Only Jordan Larson (36) has more. Foecke had the third and fourth double-doubles of her NCAA Tournament career at the Minneapolis Regional last weekend, and she was named the most valuable player. She ranks third on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,638, and her 132 career aces are eighth-most in school history. The two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player also has 263 career kills all-time in the NCAA Tournament, second-most in school history behind only Sarah Pavan (304).

Stivrins was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was also the Big Ten Player of the Week once this season. The 6-4 middle blocker is averaging 2.33 kills per set on a team-best .409 hitting percentage, which ranks sixth in the nation. It is NU's highest individual hitting percentage since 2007 (Tracy Stalls, .473). An All-Big Ten selection for the first time as well this season, Stivrins added serving to her repertoire and has 25 aces. Stivrins was named to the Minneapolis All-Regional team last weekend after 11 kills on .526 hitting in the regional final win over Oregon. She had 13 kills with a career-high 10 blocks in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Nov. 2.

Maloney, the Husker co-captain, is averaging a team-best 4.06 digs per set and has played an instrumental role in leading the Huskers to a nation-leading .136 opponent hitting percentage this season. The Louisville, Kentucky native ranks fifth in NU career history in digs with 1,369. Maloney posted a career-high 25 digs twice this season, and she was named the most valuable player of the Husker Invite and the best libero at the Ameritas Players Challenge. Maloney's 36 service aces are the third-most on the team this year. She and Foecke are the only Huskers in school history to play in four NCAA Semifinals, and they will each play in their 22nd NCAA Tournament match on Thursday, the most postseason matches played by any player in program history.

Hames earned honorable mention after recording a school-record 23 double-doubles this season, averaging 10.46 assists and 3.33 digs per set. Her 39 service aces are second-most on the team. Hames was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team member and a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

The Division I TeamSnap/AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on December 14 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

The Huskers are in Minneapolis getting set to take on No. 3 Illinois in an NCAA Semifinal match on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, WatchESPN.com and the Husker Sports Network.





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Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke has been selected as the 2018 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Foecke is the fourth Senior CLASS Award winner from Nebraska and the second Husker to win for volleyball after Gina Mancuso took home the award in 2012.

“When I came to the University of Nebraska in 2015, my goals were to not only help Nebraska volleyball win games and championships, but also to become a better student, person and teammate,” said Foecke, who led the Huskers to their fourth consecutive Final Four this season after capturing NCAA national titles as both a freshman and junior. “These past four years have gone by so quickly, and it hasn’t really set in yet that my college career is coming to an end. But when I look back, I am so proud of all that we have accomplished. To win two national championships and two Big Ten championships has been incredible, but what I will really take most from my time at Nebraska is the relationships I have built with my teammates, the coaches, the staff, and of course our amazing fans. Whichever path I take after graduation, I know that the experience of being a student-athlete at Nebraska will have prepared me well for life both on and off the volleyball court.”

Already receiving her fourth-straight first-team AVCA All-North Region honor this season, Foecke will go down as one of the greatest players in one of the top volleyball programs in the country. A two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, Foecke has earned AVCA All-America honors in each of her first three seasons with the potential for a fourth honor this week, and has earned Big Ten conference honors all four years as well, including unanimous first-team honors as both a junior and senior. Foecke currently ranks third on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,638, and her 132 career aces are eighth-most in school history. She also has 263 career kills all-time in the NCAA Tournament, second-most in school history behind only Sarah Pavan (304).

Also a standout in the classroom, Foecke has received multiple Academic All-Big Ten honors in her career for both court volleyball and beach volleyball. Majoring in animal science, she carries a 3.649 GPA is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and has received Nebraska’s High Honors (Silver) Academic Medallion twice.

“Mikaela is part of the most decorated senior class in the history of Nebraska volleyball,” said Head Coach John Cook, a two-time AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year. “She and Kenzie Maloney are the only two Nebraska players ever who will have played at four NCAA Final Fours, and she has been the most outstanding player two of the three times we have been there, which is incredible. What separates Mikaela is her dedication to being great in everything she does. She is a phenomenal student with aspirations of being a veterinarian someday. Mikaela has also developed outstanding leadership skills during her time at Nebraska, and there’s no question that she and Kenzie are the biggest reason this young team has made it to the NCAA Semifinals for a fourth time. Mikaela will leave a huge lasting legacy on Nebraska volleyball when her career comes to an end.”

A team captain and its representative on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Foecke has shown exemplary character throughout her Husker career. A three-time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team member and a Diversity & Inclusion Summit leader, Foecke has also remained committed to community outreach, helping the Husker volleyball program earn the Nebraska’s Life Skills Award through her work with events and organizations such as One Shirt One Body, Uplifting Athletes, People’s City Mission, Husker Heroes, Make-a-Wish and more.

“On behalf of everyone associated with the Senior CLASS Award, we are honored to recognize Mikaela Foecke as this year’s winner for women’s volleyball,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “Not only is Mikaela one of the best players to ever wear a Husker uniform, she’s also an incredibly well-rounded student-athlete who excels in every area. We offer our sincere congratulations to Mikaela, her team and the entire university.”

For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

 

First-Team Senior CLASS Award All-AmericansAli Bastianelli, Illinois
Santita Ebangwese, Syracuse
Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska
Jordyn Poulter, Illinois
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota

Second-Team Senior CLASS Award All-AmericansTami Alade, Stanford
Lauren Bruns, Dayton
Taryn Kloth, Creighton
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky
Courtney Pence, Illinois State





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• The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will make its program-record fourth straight trip to the NCAA Semifinals when they take on No. 3 Illinois on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The match will be televised on ESPN and will be streamed online at WatchESPN.com. Paul Sunderland, Karch Kiraly and Holly Rowe will have the call.

• No. 1 Stanford and No. 4 BYU will play in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. on Thursday, also on ESPN and WatchESPN.com. The semifinal winners will meet in the NCAA Championship on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com. Tickets can be purchased at NCAA.com/tickets.
• The Nebraska-Illinois semifinal match will be broadcast on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

Nebraska’s History in the NCAA Semifinals
• The defending national champion Huskers have advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. Nebraska became the sixth program in NCAA history to reach at least four straight final fours, joining Stanford (1982-87, 1994-97), Pacific (1983-86), UCLA (1988-92), Penn State (2007-10) and Texas (2012-16). Only Penn State, Texas and Nebraska have accomplished the feat since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1998.
• The Huskers are making their 15th NCAA Semifinals appearance all-time, second-most behind only Stanford (22).
• Nebraska is 8-6 all-time in NCAA Semifinals appearances, including a 5-3 record under John Cook. The last three times the Huskers have won their NCAA Semifinal match, they’ve gone on to win the national title (2006, 2015, 2017).
• Cook is taking Nebraska to the NCAA Semifinals for the ninth time in his 19 seasons as head coach. Cook’s nine NCAA Semifinals appearances are tied for the sixth-most by any coach in NCAA history.
• Cook is just the fifth coach in NCAA history to make nine NCAA Semifinals appearances at one school, joining Andy Banachowski (UCLA, retired), Russ Rose (Penn State), Don Shaw (Stanford, retired) and Dave Shoji (Hawaii, retired).

Huskers’ Senior Class Most Decorated in School History
• Nebraska’s two seniors who have been with the program all four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – are 20-1 in their NCAA Tournament careers, and the duo is a combined 51-2 all-time in the months of November and December. Their 20 postseason victories are the most in a four-year span in Nebraska history.
• Foecke and Maloney will each play in their 22nd NCAA Tournament match on Thursday, the most postseason matches played by any player in program history. The duo have also each played in 72 career NCAA Tournament sets, trailing only Annika Albrecht (75 sets) and Jordan Larson (73 sets) for most career postseason sets played in Nebraska history.

About the Huskers
• Nebraska improved to 28-6 overall and won its 12th straight match last Saturday against No. 14 Oregon in the Minneapolis Regional Final. The Huskers have swept seven straight matches dating back to Nov. 17.
• The win was Nebraska’s 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament win dating back to an NCAA Semifinal loss to Texas in 2016. The 10-match postseason win streak is tied for the longest NCAA Tournament winning streak in program history (NU also won 10 straight matches from 2000-01 and 2015-16).
• NU held Kentucky to a season-low .165 hitting percentage last Friday in the NCAA Regional Semifinal, the 13th time this season Nebraska has held a team to its lowest hitting percentage of the season.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .136. Nebraska’s opponent hitting percentage is its best mark since holding foes to .126 in the 2005 season. The best defensive team in the John Cook era was the 2004 squad that held opponents to .103 hitting for the season.
• The Huskers have held 26 of their 34 opponents under .200 hitting this year, and 13 have hit below .100.
• Nebraska ranks 12th nationally in blocks per set at 2.79.
• The Huskers rank 16th in the nation in aces per set with 1.67. That is the Huskers’ highest ace total since 2007 (1.82) and is the third-highest mark by a Husker team in the rally scoring era.
• Nebraska has climbed to 17th nationally in hitting percentage with a .265 mark. During its current stretch of seven straight sweeps, the Huskers are hitting .350.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (559-75); 26th year overall (720-148)
• Chris Tamas, Illinois: 2nd year at Illinois (55-14)

Series History
• Nebraska is 25-8-1 all-time against Illinois. The teams split the season series, 1-1. In the first match, a 3-1 Husker win in Champaign on Sept. 29, NU held Illinois to .157 hitting, and Mikaela Foecke had 13 kills and 11 digs while Callie Schwarzenbach had nine kills and eight blocks. Illinois returned the favor in Lincoln on Oct. 27, posting a 3-1 win over the Huskers, which is the Huskers’ last loss before their current 12-match winning streak. Jacqueline Quade had 23 kills for Illinois, which held the Huskers to a .099 hitting percentage that night.

Scouting Illinois
• No. 3 Illinois enters the match with a 32-3 overall record and finished second in the Big Ten with a 17-3 conference record. The Fighting Illini have won 17 straight matches, including seven wins against top-15 opponents in that stretch.
• Illinois is coached by former Husker assistant coach Chris Tamas, who was part of the Husker coaching staff during the 2015 NCAA Championship season along with his wife, Jen. Tamas took over as head coach at Illinois in 2017 and is 1-2 all-time facing Nebraska head coach John Cook.
• Illinois ranks ninth nationally with a .283 hitting percentage. Its opponent hitting percentage of .164 ranks 28th. All-America setter Jordyn Poulter leads the team with 11.61 assists per set. She was the Big Ten Co-Setter of the Year.
• Jacqueline Quade leads the attack with 4.19 kills per set and was an All-Big Ten selection. Megan Cooney adds 2.65 kills per set, and Beth Prince is averaging 2.63 kills per set.
• All-America middle blocker Ali Bastianelli ranks 19th nationally in blocks with 1.40 per set and is providing 2.30 kills per set on .352 hitting.

Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years. The other three players to earn two most outstanding player awards were: Lauren Cacciamani (Penn State, 1998 and 1999), Keao Burdine (USC, 2002 and 2003) and Megan Hodge (Penn State, 2007 and 2008).
• Foecke, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season, leads the Huskers with 3.80 kills per set and adds 2.69 digs per set and 43 service aces this season. Her current kills per set average is Nebraska’s best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45). Foecke was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season. She has 21 aces in her NCAA Tournament career, the second-highest total in Nebraska history. Only Jordan Larson (36) has more.
• Foecke had the third and fourth double-doubles of her NCAA Tournament career at the Minneapolis Regional last weekend, and she was named the most valuable player.
• Foecke ranks third on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,638, and her 132 career aces are eighth-most in school history. Foecke also has 263 career kills all-time in the NCAA Tournament, second-most in school history behind only Sarah Pavan (304).
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 4.06 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton and again at No. 3 Minnesota.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,369 career digs, fifth-most in school history.

Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.33 kills per set on a team-best .409 hitting percentage, NU’s highest individual hitting percentage since 2007 (Tracy Stalls, .473). She ranks sixth in the nation. Stivrins was also an All-Big Ten selection.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Stivrins picked up her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor after becoming the third Husker in school history to post a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills when she went 10-for-10 in a sweep of Northwestern on Sept. 28.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is averaging 2.27 kills per set.

Sun Shining for Huskers
• Nebraska added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.17 kills and 2.68 digs per set. She has 27 service aces.

Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• True freshman setter Nicklin Hames is averaging 10.46 assists and 3.33 digs per set. Her 39 service aces are second-most on the team. Hames has 23 double-doubles this season, a Nebraska school record in the rally scoring era. Hames was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team member.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach was also an All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection. Schwarzenbach leads the team with 1.38 blocks per set, which ranks 21st in the nation. Schwarzenbach has 170 blocks this season, which set a new Nebraska freshman record for blocks in a season, passing Tracy Stalls (160) in 2004.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 27 matches and is providing 1.88 digs per set and has 19 aces from the service line. Miller had a career-high 23 digs at No. 15 Michigan on Nov. 10.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in 24 matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton early this season, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.

Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in 12 matches, recording nine assists and one ace. Smith received Nebraska’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award this year for the second time in her career.

Huskers Played School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska played a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat No. 14 Creighton, 3-2, on Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.

Huskers Record 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska holds an NCAA women’s record 253 consecutive regular-season sellouts. The Huskers celebrated their 250th straight regular-season sellout with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 2.

Huskers Ranked No. 6 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 485 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 540 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; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 720 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 .882 win percentage in that time (559-75).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 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 seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, 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 was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska is averaging a nation-leading 8,205 fans per match in 2018, which would be the sixth straight season the Huskers have led the nation in attendance.
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school. In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance 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).

Foecke Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
• Ten NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes, including Nebraska senior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, were selected on Oct. 25 as finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
• A native of West Point, Iowa, Foecke carries a 3.649 GPA majoring in animal science and is a two-time NCAA Championship most outstanding player, making her one of only four volleyball players in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Foecke was an AVCA second-team All-American in 2017 after leading the Huskers to their second NCAA Championship in three years. Foecke has excelled both on and off the court in her four years at Nebraska, as she is a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and has received Nebraska’s high honors (silver) academic medallion twice.
• The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.





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The Paxton Pre-Holiday Basketball Tournament will start on December 18th in Paxton.  Maywood-Hayes Center Girls will play Mullen at 5pm MT in the East Gym.  The Maywood-Hayes Center Boys will also take on Mullen at approx. 6:45pm MT.  View full bracket below. 





Topside Tip Off Basketball Tournament 
Goodland, Kansas 

Thursday, December 6th 
Girls - Colby 42, McCook 13 
Boys - Colby 64, McCook 54 

Friday, December 7th 
Girls - Yuma 58, McCook 31 
Boys - McCook 47, Norton 25

Saturday, December 8th 
Girls -  McCook 50, Burlington 45 
Boys - McCook 59, Burlington 34

McCook girls (1-2) back in action Tuesday, December 11th hosting Cozad. McCook boys open the season going (2-1). Both teams will play at North Platte on Friday, December 14th, and at Holdrege on December, 15th. Listen live on The Zone 93.9. 




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All five starters scored in double figures as No. 24/25 Nebraska used a balanced and efficient offensive attack to cruise to a 94-75 victory over Creighton Saturday evening in front of 15,950 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Nebraska scored 47 points in each half while putting up the third-highest point total in its 52 all-time meetings with Creighton. The Huskers, who led by as many as 22, were up 13 at the half and Creighton never got closer than nine in the second half. Nebraska, which improved to 8-2 with the win, earned its 17th consecutive home win, as the Huskers have won each of their six home games this season by at least 15 points.

James Palmer Jr. paced the Husker offense with 30 points, his second career 30-point effort. Palmer hit 9-of-12 shots from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Thomas Allen added a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Isaiah Roby chipped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Glynn Watson Jr. added 13 points and a game-high five assists, while Isaac Copeland scored 11 points.

Nebraska shot 53.3 percent from the field, hitting 32 of its 60 shots for its third-most efficient performance of the season. That included knocking down 14-of-27 3-pointers for a season-high 51.9 percent from behind the arc. NU also outrebounded Creighton by four.

Creighton (6-3) was led by Mitch Ballock, who had a career-high-tying 23 points. Ballock was 7-of-10 from beyond the arc – including hitting each of his first six attempts – but the Huskers held him scoreless over the final 14:13. Davion Mintz (15) and Ty-Shon Alexander (10) were also in double figures for the Bluejays, but Nebraska limited Alexander to just one 3-pointer after the sophomore had hit multiple 3-pointers in every game this season.

Palmer got the Huskers going early, as he connected on his first three 3-pointers before Allen and Roby keyed an early 7-0 run, combining for all seven points as Nebraska built a 16-9 lead.

The Huskers led 18-10 when Palmer picked up his second foul, but the Huskers built the lead with the All-American candidate on the bench. NU went on a 19-4 surge, building a 21-point lead at 37-16 after a Nana Akenten 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the first half.

Nebraska led 47-26 after a Watson jumper, but the Bluejays made a run, outscoring the Huskers 8-0 to pull within 13 at the break.

Behind the shooting of Ballock, Creighton continued to chip away, pulling to within 51-42 after his sixth 3-pointer of the evening, but a pair of Roby free throws and Palmer’s 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 55-42 with 16:35 left.

Nebraska continued to extend the lead and led 77-60 before the visitors made one last run, Creighton ran off seven straight points to cut the deficit to 10 on 3-pointer from Mintz, but the answered once again. Creighton was within 81-70 before Isaac Copeland’s 3-pointer started a 13-2 run capped by Palmer’s sixth 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining.

The Huskers take a break for finals before traveling to Sioux Falls, S.D. for a matchup with Oklahoma State on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried by the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.





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