No. 9 Nebraska Meets Indiana Wednesday
The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team (12-3, 6-0 Big Ten) welcomes Indiana (8-10, 2-4) for a midweek match this Wednesday, Oct. 13. First serve is set for 8 p.m. at the Devaney Center, and the match will be televised on ESPNU with Courtney Lyle and Missy Whittemore on the call.
This week's action will be carried on Huskers Radio Network with the NU radio team of John Baylor and Lauren Cook West. Baylor is in his 28th season handling play-by-play duties for the Husker volleyball program, and West, a former All-America setter at NU, will provide color commentary for the sixth straight year.
Huskers Radio Network will carry the matches on HRN radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be available at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. Inside the Devaney Center, fans can access the direct radio call of the match at 87.7 FM.
• Nebraska has sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings and is the only remaining unbeaten team at 6-0 in conference play. The Huskers are a match ahead of Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin (5-1).
• The Huskers have matched their season-long six-match win streak and seek their seventh consecutive victory this Wednesday. NU's last stretch with seven straight wins was Nov. 1-22, 2019.
• The Huskers' Sunday afternoon sweep at Rutgers was their seventh 3-0 win of the year.
• NU leads the conference with a .290 attack percentage, 2.10 service aces per set and 17.10 digs per set in Big Ten matches.
• Six of Nebraska's top eight team hitting performances have come in Big Ten matches over the last three weeks.
• NU has gone at least 3-0 to start Big Ten play nine consecutive years. The Huskers' sixth straight win on Sunday marked the third time they have started at least 6-0 in the last five years.
• The Huskers moved up one spot in the AVCA national poll this week, coming in ninth.
• Nebraska held a streak of 60 straight weeks in the top 10 of the AVCA poll before briefly dropping to 12th in the Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 releases. It was the only time the Huskers had ranked outside the top 10 since Sept. 18, 2017, when they were 14th.
• NU opened 2021 with a six-match win streak, then dropped three straight to No. 20 Utah (Sept. 11), No. 16 Stanford (Sept. 14) and No. 5 Louisville (Sept. 18) before rebounding with six wins.
• The Huskers played four straight top-20 opponents in an 11-day span last month with No. 19 Creighton (Sept. 8), No. 20 Utah (Sept. 11), No. 16 Stanford (Sept. 14) and No. 5 Louisville (Sept. 18).
• Five of NU's six freshmen have seen the court this year.
Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana has dropped four of its last five matches and is 8-10 (2-4 Big Ten) after a 3-0 loss at Maryland on Saturday. Breana Edwards and Mady Saris had a team-leading seven kills apiece for the Hoosiers.
IU finished 5-15 in Big Ten play last spring. Steve Aird is in his fourth year at Indiana with a record of 41-59 and a career mark of 96-133 over eight seasons as a head coach.
Noting the Series: vs. Indiana
The Huskers lead the all-time series with Indiana 19-1, including 18-0 in the John Cook era. Nebraska has triumphed in 19 straight in the series dating back to 1988, and NU looks for its third straight sweep of IU Wednesday night. The Huskers have a 9-0 advantage over Indiana at home, including 6-0 at the Devaney Center.
The most recent meeting was Jan. 23, 2021 in Bloomington, Ind., where the Huskers won 3-0. Lexi Sun had 11 kills, seven digs and three blocks to lead in the Huskers in the win.
Nebraska has not faced Indiana at home since Oct. 10, 2018, when the Huskers registered a 3-0 sweep.
Nebraska plays host to Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 16, with first serve set for 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center. The match will be televised on Nebraska Public Media -- formerly known as NET -- and streamed on Big Ten Network+. John Baylor and Lauren Cook West will also have the radio call on Huskers Radio Network.