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The second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team recorded 14 blocks and got kills from eight different players to down Gannon University (19-25, -22, -17, -15) in a national quarterfinal match Thursday night in Denver, Colo.

The second-seeded Lopers (37-0) will face third-seed and 19th-ranked Rockhurst in the Final Four Friday at 6 p.m. Central. The RU Hawks (33-7) swept Carson-Newman to win today's first match. Earlier this year in the Health & Sports Center UNK beat Rockhurst in four tough sets.

The Golden Knights (30-8) came out firing BB's from the service line, back row and all over the court. Against a UNK defense that is among the nation's best in hitting percentage (.112) and digs per set (212GU smashed home 18 kills and hit .366 (18-3-41) to win by six. The Knights, getting seven early kills from senior Ally Smith, trailed only 1-0 and also dug up 20 balls.

Gannon had 14 more kills in set two but UNK got out to leads of 6-3, 12-4 and 18-13. Senior outside Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs, Kan.) started to come alive, having seven kills in nine attempts with zero errors (.778 pct.) with junior right side Mary Katherine Wolfe (Omaha Marian) providing five kills in seven swings. Back-to-back kills by Jackson and Wolfe made it 23-17 and then another Jackson kill and unforced GU error ended the set.

Gannon's hitting efficiency went down as the match went along, falling to .025 (13-12-41) in the third as UNK recorded six of its 14 team blocks. Four different players had two apiece including three by junior setter Madison Squiers (Kearney Catholic). A 4-0 Loper spurt erased a 14-13 deficit and featured two blocks and a Wolfe ace. The Golden Knights struggles continued as they eventually fell behind 21-15 with three UNK points coming unforced attack errors.

Kearney closed the night out by getting out to a 12-6 lead in the fourth. Gannon hung around but four different Lopers had at least three kills in this set including redshirt freshman outside Sami Mauch (North Platte). And senior middle Josie Cox (North Platte) came up big with three stuffs and a kill.

Gannon managed eight more kills, 56-48,  but also recorded 15 more attack errors, 14 of the unforced variety. The Knights did serve up seven aces but had none over the final two sets while having eight service miscues. Finally, UNK dug up 66 balls and almost had 11 more blocks than the GU.

Individually Jackson had 13 kills, 13 digs and hit .367 with Wolfe at a team-best 20 digs, 12 kills and hit .333 with junior middle Anna Squiers (Kearney Catholic) at 10 kills, five blocks and a .320 efficiency. Smith paced GU with 19 kills and a .325 hitting percentage with Ashley McClung (14) and Maggie Greenfield (11) combined for 25 more kills.



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Wan'Dale Robinson was named a second-team freshman All-American by The Athletic on Thursday, making the team as a wide receiver while playing both wideout and running back for Nebraska in 2019.
 
Nebraska's first letterwinner from Kentucky, Robinson was one of the nation's most productive freshmen this fall despite battling injuries that forced him to miss multiple games. He caught 40 passes for 443 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 88 times for 340 yards and three scores. Robinson had the most receptions and receiving yards of any true freshman in Nebraska history, and he was also the Huskers' leading kickoff returner.
 
Robinson's average of 102.9 all-purpose yards per game ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen in 2019, including second among true freshmen and second among all Power Five freshmen. Robinson was also one of the nation's most versatile players, and fittingly he was one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which is presented annually to the nation's most versatile player. At the conclusion of the regular season, Robinson was one of only two FBS players to total 400 receiving yards, 300 rushing yards and 200 kickoff return yards, and he was one of three players to have both 70 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in the same game multiple times during the 2019 season.
 
In addition to being a freshman All-American and Hornung Award finalist, Robinson was also an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection – despite missing one-third of the conference season – and he was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2019.
 
This season marks the third straight year the Huskers have had a freshman All-American, as Adrian Martinez earned the honor in 2018 and JD Spielman was a freshman All-American in 2017.
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Match Notes
• The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team continues the NCAA Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend with a regional semifinal match against No. 18 Hawaii on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the UW Field House. The other regional semifinal match features No. 5 Wisconsin against No. 25 Texas A&M at 1 p.m. Friday's winners will meet in the regional final on Saturday at 5 p.m.
• Friday's Nebraska-Hawaii match will be streamed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the Husker action on HSN radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and the Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th 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.

Series History
• Nebraska is 7-4 all-time against Hawaii. The teams have not played since Oct. 21, 2007, a 3-0 Husker win in Lincoln. Hawaii last beat the Huskers on Dec. 14, 2002, 3-1, in an NCAA Regional Final in Lincoln. The only other time they've met in the NCAA Tournament was a 3-1 Husker win in the NCAA Semifinals in 2000,  John Cook's first season as Nebraska's head coach. NU went on to win the national title that year. 

Coaches
• John Cook: 20th year at Nebraska (587-80); 27th year overall (748-153)
• Robyn Ah Mow: 3rd year at Hawaii (64-20) 

About the Huskers
• Nebraska is 27-4 overall and went 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference, good for a three-way tie for second place with Penn State and Minnesota and one game behind league champion Wisconsin. 
• Nebraska advanced to an NCAA Regional for the eighth straight season, for the 25th time in the past 26 seasons and for the 35th time in school history. The Huskers' 35 NCAA Regional appearances are the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska is now 115-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers rank second in NCAA history in wins and winning percentage (.782) in the NCAA Tournament.
• John Cook improved to 82-20 in his NCAA Tournament career last Saturday. He ranks third in NCAA history in NCAA Tournament coaching victories.
• Cook improved to 74-15 in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska's head coach, moving into third place for the most postseason coaching victories at one school in NCAA history.
• Cook has led the Huskers to an NCAA Regional in 19 of his 20 seasons, the lone exception being 2011.
• Over the last six seasons, Nebraska has a 63-4 record in the months of November and December. 
• The Nebraska coaching staff has a couple of ties to Hawaii. Assistant coach Jaylen Reyes is a Honolulu native. His father is Tino Reyes, who was the head women's volleyball coach at Hawaii-Hilo from 2010-15, and for 17 years was an associate head coach on the Hawaii men's staff. Graduate manager Joby Ramos, also a Honolulu native, was a setter for the Hawaii men's team from 2013-14.   
• The Huskers rank seventh in the nation and first in the Big Ten with an opponent hitting percentage of .150 this season. 
• Lexi Sun leads NU with 3.54 kills per set and is hitting .273 on the season. Sun was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the AVCA All-Region Team. 
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins averages 2.60 kills and 1.06 blocks per set while hitting a team-best .385 this season. Stivrins is a two-time All-Big Ten First Team and AVCA All-Region selection.
• Freshman Madi Kubik adds 2.75 kills and 2.51 digs per set. She was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an All-Big Ten Second Team member. Kubik also earned AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year. 
• Nicklin Hames provides 10.90 assists per set and 2.89 digs per set. She has 16 double-doubles on the season and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and AVCA All-Region Team. 
• Jazz Sweet is putting down 2.71 kills per set on the season while hitting .280. 
• Callie Schwarzenbach leads the team in blocks at 1.12 per set. 
• Freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles is leading the Huskers in digs with 3.70 per set this season. She was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection along with Kubik. 
• Nebraska had seven services aces against Missouri, which tied the school record for most aces in a four-set NCAA Tournament match in the rally-scoring era. The Huskers also had seven aces against American in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and seven against Washington in 2015.
• Against the Tigers, Sweet tied her career high with six blocks and had 17 kills, her most ever in an NCAA Tournament match and one shy of her career high overall.
• Hames and Kubik each posted double-doubles for the Huskers against Mizzou. Hames posted her 16th double-double of the season, while Kubik notched her sixth double-double of the year.
• Schwarzenbach had eight blocks in the second round, one shy of her season high.

Scouting Hawaii
• No. 18 Hawaii (26-3, 14-2 Big West) punched its ticket to the NCAA Regional Semifinals after a 3-1 first-round win over Northern Colorado and a 3-0 second-round sweep of No. 20 San Diego in Honolulu last weekend. 
• The Rainbow Wahine have won 13 matches in a row since getting swept at Cal Poly on Oct. 11. Hawaii finished first in the Big West Conference and is making its first regional semifinal appearance since 2015.
• Senior setter Norene Iosia was the Big West Player of the Year. A four-time All-Big West First Team member, Iosia leads Hawaii with 5.64 assists per set and a team-high 2.86 digs per set in Hawaii's 6-2 system. Iosia has 19 double-doubles this season and also has a team-best 48 service aces. 
• Jolie Rasmussen leads Hawaii with 3.35 kills per set. Rasmussen played in the first seven matches of the season before missing nearly three months with an injury. She made her return to the lineup last weekend and had four kills in each of Hawaii's NCAA Tournament matches. 
• Hanna Hellvig, the Big West Freshman of the Year, adds 3.14 kills per set. Skyler Williams contributes 1.91 kills per set on .401 hitting with 1.11 blocks per set. 

Huskers Ranked No. 6 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history. The Huskers held the No. 1 ranking this season the week of Sept. 16.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 501 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 557 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.

Five Huskers Earn Postseason Awards
• Nicklin HamesLauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the AVCA All-North Region Team, while Madi Kubik was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year, and was also a member of the AVCA All-North Region Team, the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Libero Kenzie Knuckles was also selected to the All-Freshman Team by the Big Ten's head coaches. 
• Stivrins was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten First Team. The 2018 AVCA First-Team All-American collected her second career all-conference honor after 2.57 kills per set, 1.06 blocks per set and a team-best .383 hitting percentage during the regular season. Stivrins' .415 hitting percentage in conference play was third-best in the Big Ten, and the junior middle blocker guided a Husker defense that had a league-best .157 opponent hitting percentage in Big Ten play. 
• Sun earned her first career All-Big Ten honor, but her second career all-conference honor as she was an All-Big 12 first teamer at Texas in 2017. The junior outside hitter led the Huskers with 3.57 kills per set with 2.42 digs per set and a team-high 24 aces during the regular season. Sun posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches, and her 3.53 kills per set in Big Ten play ranked eighth. 
• Hames collected her first All-Big Ten award after averaging 10.92 assists and 2.90 digs per set during the regular season. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames recorded a team-high 15 double-doubles and also served 21 aces. Her 11.36 assists per set in Big Ten play ranked third in the conference. 
• Kubik earned Nebraska's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor and first conference freshman of the year since Hannah Werth won the award in 2009 in the Big 12. Kubik averaged 2.73 kills and 2.52 digs per set in her first year as a Husker. She ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in kills (2.96 per set) and digs (2.51 per set) in conference play. The outside hitter was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. Kubik is the first Husker freshman to be named to an All-Big Ten team since Kadie Rolfzen in 2013. 
• Knuckles earned All-Freshman Team accolades after leading the Huskers with 3.71 digs per set in her first year as the Huskers' libero. Knuckles served 20 aces and was a Big Ten Freshman of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week during the season, helping the Huskers lead all Big Ten teams with a .156 opponent hitting percentage in conference play. 

"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and head coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet." 
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.

Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together. 
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. 
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title. 

Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 270 consecutive regular-season sellouts. 
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.  
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
• Nebraska set a new school record for attendance - 8,632 - against No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 18. 

AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000. 
• Cook has 748 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 .880 win percentage in that time (587-80). 
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 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 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 ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018. 



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The Nebraska men's basketball team opens Big Ten action on Friday night, as the Huskers travel to Assembly Hall for the matchup with Indiana. Tipoff at Assembly Hall is set for 7 p.m., and the matchup between the Huskers and Hoosiers will be televised nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris on the call. The game will also be available on the Fox Sports app on tablets, computers and mobile devices.

  
GAME 10: AT INDIANA
Date:     Friday, Dec. 13
Time:     7 p.m. (CT)  
Location:   Bloomington, Ind.
Arena:      Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 4-5 (0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 4-5 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 119-61 (6th year)

INDIANA HOOSIERS
2019-20 Record: 9-1 (0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Archie Miller
    Record at Indiana: 44-31 (3rd year)
    Career Record: 183-94 (9th year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: BTN
    Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler 
    Analyst: Shon Morris
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App
Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
    Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka    
    Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App. 
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 982
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (4-5) ran into a buzzsaw last Saturday, as the Huskers fell at Creighton, 95-76. The Bluejays shot 51 percent, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range, in the first half, while holding the Huskers to just 24 percent in the opening 20 minutes. NU played a much better second half, outscoring Creighton, 54-47, in the final 20 minutes. 

Senior Haanif Cheatham led five Huskers in double figures with 14 points, the fifth consecutive game he has reached double figures. A 6-foot-5 guard, Cheatham paces the Huskers in both scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) while ranking among the Big Ten leaders in field goal percentage (.573). He is one of four Huskers averaging double figures in a balanced attack, while four others average at least five points per game. 

The Huskers wrap up their three-game road trip by taking on an Indiana team that is 9-1 on the season following a 57-54 win over UConn at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City Tuesday evening. In that game, Indiana didn't put anyone in double figures, but had six players score at least six points, while limiting UConn to 36 percent shooting in the second half. The Hoosiers feature one of the Big Ten's top freshmen in Trayce Jackson-Davis, who leads the Hoosiers in both scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). 

The Huskers will have a quick turnaround, as they return to action Sunday afternoon to take on a Purdue team which is 6-3 on the year and has been off since a 14-point win over Northwestern on Dec. 7.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Matej Kavas tied a season high with three 3-pointers in the loss at Creighton on Saturday. He needs 14 3-pointers to reach 200 for his career. Kavas has given the Huskers a spark off the bench in his first year at NU, reaching double figures in four of his eight games off the bench.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
.526 - Thorir Thorbjarnarson is second in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering this week's action. He is 10-of-19 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years. 

4 - Double-digit scoring performances from Kevin Cross, which is the most by a Husker freshman since 2016-17 (5-Jeriah Horne and 4-Jordy Tshimanga). 

5.0 - Rebounds per game for freshman Ivan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2005-06.

5.7 - Assists per game for sophomore Cam Mack, which is on pace to be the highest average since Charles Richardson Jr. averaged 5.8 assists per game in 2006-07. 

8 - Nebraska has had eight players score in double-figures during the first eight games of the season. Nebraska has four players averaging double figures.  

50- Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.

SCOUTING INDIANA
Archie Miller is in his third season at Indiana after guiding the Dayton program for six years, leading the Flyers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Miller's first Indiana team went 16-15, and the Hoosiers improved to 19-16 and reached the NIT quarterfinals before falling to Wichita State. 

The Hoosiers have been prolific offensively, ranking among the Big Ten leaders in scoring offense (80.3), field-goal percentage (.494) and 3-point percentage (.344) while getting to the foul line nearly 29 times per game. Indiana is also third in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, averaging 9.0 more caroms per game than its opponents.

The Hoosiers won their first eight games by double figures at Assembly Hall, highlighted by a 16-point win over Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, before falling at Wisconsin 84-64 on Saturday. The Hoosiers responded with a 57-54 win over UConn in New York on Tuesday, winning despite shooting 37 percent from the field. 

Indiana comes into Friday's game with four players averaging double figures. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis leads the Hoosiers in scoring (14.1), field goal percentage (.627), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Devonte Graham comes off the bench and averages 13.6 points per game and leads IU with 16 3-pointers, while Justin Smith (13.2 ppg) and Aliami Durham (12.7 ppg) also average double figures.

LAST SEASON'S MATCHUP
The Huskers started fast and finished strong, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Jan. 14, 2019. Nebraska scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years. 

Nebraska's seniors shined in the win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland Jr. chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while sophomore Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and junior Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds. Romeo Langford led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.

LAST TIME OUT
Haanif Cheatham had a team-high 14 points to lead five Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska's start proved costly in a 95-76 loss at Creighton Saturday afternoon. Cheatham scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Nebraska shot 61 percent in the second half but was unable to overcome a blistering start by Creighton in the first 15 minutes.  

Thorir Thorbjarnarson had a career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, while Cam Mack (12), Matej Kavas (11) and Jervay Green (10) all finished in double figures for Nebraska (4-5).

Marcus Zegarowski led four Creighton players in double figures with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as the Bluejays (7-2) shot 53 percent on the day, including 13 3-pointers. Ty-Shon Alexander added 22 points in the victory. Damien Jefferson, who entered the game 1-of-15 from 3-point range on the season, drained a pair of 3-pointers in a 18-2 Creighton spurt to open the game that set the tone.

DID YOU KNOW
• Friday's matchup will mark the third time in nine seasons at Nebraska has opened Big Ten play against Indiana, as the Huskers hosted the Hoosiers in 2014-15 and traveled to Bloomington in 2016-17. It is also the first time since 2015-16 that the teams will meet twice during the regular season.

• Friday's game at Indiana is the sixth consecutive game away from Lincoln for the Huskers and wraps up a three-game road trip. The six straight games away from home is NU's longest stretch since the 1997-98 season. NU has a quick turnaround and hosts Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena for its first home game since Nov. 22.

• No current Husker player nor Fred Hoiberg has faced Indiana. NU assistant Doc Sadler is 1-0 against the Hoosiers as a head coach, posting a 70-69 win over the No. 11 ranked Hoosiers during the 2011-12 season. In that game, the Huskers rallied from a 11-point deficit in the final 6:38 against a Hoosier team that featured eventual lottery picks Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller. 

• Nebraska's 54-point second half at Creighton was the Huskers' highest scoring half since scoring 55 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State in the 2018-19 opener. 

• The Huskers were 4-0 when shooting over 40 percent from the floor until the loss at Creighton. In that game, NU shot 42 percent from the field, but just 24 percent in the first half. 

• Through the first nine games, 75.9 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including five of Nebraska's top six scorers. 

• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off over the past three weeks. Over the last six games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 38 percent from 3-point
range and averaging 8.7 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season. 

Huskers' 3-Point Improvement
CategoryFirst 3 GamesLast 6 Games
3 Pt. Pct..231.382
3-Pointers/Gm6.08.7
Att./Gm26.022.7

• It is not surprising that Nebraska has relied on its 3-point shooting early on, as Hoiberg's Iowa State teams led the Big 12 in 3-pointers in four of his five seasons at the school. The Huskers are on pace to average 7.8 3-pointers per game, a total which would rank third in school history and be the most since the 2006-07 campaign. 

Most 3-Pointers/Game in School History
No.SchoolGames3-Pointers/Game
1.2001-02289.54
2.2006-07317.87
-2019-2097.78
3.2018-19367.50

• Friday's game features two of the Big Ten's top teams in getting to the foul line. Indiana leads the Big Ten, averaging 28.5 attempts per game, while Nebraska is fourth at 23.0 free throws per contest. 

• Nebraska has put at least four players in double figures in eight of the last nine games. The only time it didn't occur was against South Florida on Nov. 27, when the Huskers had a pair of 20-point scorers in Haanif Cheatham (26) and Dachon Burke Jr. (21).  The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25 and last Saturday against Creighton. The Huskers nearly had six double figure scorers in the loss to the Bluejays, as Dachon Burke finished with nine points.

• The Huskers have averaged 77 points per game since the opening night loss to UC Riverside, including 90+ points in consecutive games against South Dakota State (90) and Southern (93). That marked the first time that the Huskers have scored 90 or more points in consecutive games since the 1999-2000 season. 

• After shooting 34 percent in their first two losses, the Huskers have shot much better as a team. Over the last seven games, the Huskers are shooting 46 percent from the floor, including three performances of 52 percent or better in that stretch. 

• Nebraska enters Friday's game fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +2.4 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 15 turnovers per game to rank third in the Big Ten while averaging 12.5 turnovers per game. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in the Big 12 in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school. 

• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.

Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
No.SchoolReturning PPGPct. of Scoring
1Nebraska2.0 PPG1.9%
2.Tulane10.8 PPG12.2%
3.South Dakota St.15.8 PPG16.9%
4.Virginia Tech13.3 PPG18.1%
5.Washington13.9 PPG19.8%
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office

• Nebraska has already played two overtime games in the first month of the season. The school record for OT games is four, set most recently during the 2007-08 campaign. 
• Cam Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 9 marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double. Mack is third in the Big Ten with 6.0 assists per game and has three games with at least seven assists.

Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
No.Pts.Asst.Opponent
Cam Mack1311vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
Glynn Watson Jr.1010vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
Lance Jeter1010vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
Lance Jeter1212at Kansas State, 2/7/10
Sek Henry1111at TCU, 11/21/09
Tom Wald1111vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94

• The Big Ten won both of its challenges for the first time, going 5-3 against the Big East in the Gavitt Tipoff games and posting an 8-6 mark to win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten has won the last two Gavitt Tipoff Games, while the Big Ten's win over the ACC was the first by the conference since 2015.

THE CHASE FOR 1,000
Despite having only 50 points returning from last season, a pair of Huskers are quickly closing in on 1,000 career points at the collegiate level. 

Senior Haanif Cheatham enters the Indiana contest with 955 points during his career and is 45 away from the 1,000-point mark. Cheatham, who previously played at Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast, is averaging 12.6 points per game and is setting career bests in field goal percentage (.572) and rebounding (5.2 per game).  Dachon Burke comes into Big Ten play eith 921 career points, counting his two seasons at Robert Morris, and needs 79 points to reach that plateau. Burke, who played two
seasons at Robert Morris, is averaging 12.0 points per game for the Huskers in his first season of action at NU.

They will join Matej Kavas, who went over 1,000 career points on Nov. 22. Kavas now has 1,033 career points between his time at Seattle and Nebraska. 

SETTING A FAST PACE
Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 16th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.1 seconds. 

• In his five seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015. 

• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 67th to 20th nationally in offensive pace and ranked in the top 40 nationally in adjusted tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in adjusted tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee. The Huskers' quickest offensive tempo in the last decade was in 2017-18 when the Huskers were 140th in offensive tempo.



The Nebraska women's basketball team heads into the final stretch of non-conference play taking on Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. Tip-off between the Huskers (8-1) and Golden Eagles (4-6) is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with tickets available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com.

A live video stream will be provided to subscribers of BTN+ as a BTN Student U production.

Live radio coverage for Saturday's game with ORU can be heard on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 12:45 p.m. (CT). Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.

Saturday's game will also feature a halftime performance by the KC Disc Dogs.

Senior guard Hannah Whitish added another mark to her spot in Husker history in Nebraska's 83-79 win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 4. Whitish dished out three assists on Nebraska's first three baskets of the night to reach 400 career assists. In the process, she became the first Husker to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,042), 400 assists (403) and 200 three-pointers (213).  

Whitish, a two-time All-Big Ten guard, finished with 10 points and a season-high six assists in the win over the Blue Devils, scoring Nebraska's final four points at the free throw line to seal the win.

Junior Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with a season-high 19 points and a career-high-tying six three-pointers in the win over Duke. She also tied a career high with four assists. Kissinger is averaging 15.0 points the last two games, after overcoming a concussion suffered early in non-conference play.

Junior Kate Cain, a candidate for the Lisa Leslie Award, added 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks in the win over Duke. Cain moved into a tie at No. 3 on the Husker career block chart (207) with Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page (2005-08).

Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek played an impressive all-around game in the win over Duke with a season-high 14 points on a perfect shooting night that included a career-high-tying three threes. Veerbeek (9.6 ppg) is part of a trio of sophomores leading Nebraska in scoring, including Leigha Brown (13.6 ppg) and Sam Haiby (9.8 ppg). 

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (4-6)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 1 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Halftime:
 KC Disc Dogs
Live Video: BTN+
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (12:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM; Huskers.com; Huskers App; TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (50-50); 13th Season Overall (243-159)

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (4-6, 0-0 Summit)
24 - Montserrat Brotons - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 9.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg    
33 - Keni Jo Lippe - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 18.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
21 - Rylie Torrey - 5-11 - RSr. - G - 14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg
23 - Macy Gore - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 5.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
32 - Sarah Garvie - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Karly Gore - 5-9 - Fr. - G/F - 4.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
11 - Gem Summers - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
3 - Katie Kirkhart - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
1 - Nena Taylor - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
20 - Regan Schumacher - 6-2 - Jr. - C - 2.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
13 - Rachel Skalnik - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Head Coach: Misti Cussen (Southern Nazarene, 1993)
Eighth Season at ORU (113-112); Eighth Season Overall: (113-112)

Scouting Oral Roberts
• Coach Misti Cussen brings her eighth Oral Roberts team to Lincoln with a 4-6 overall record after a 78-58 loss at Utah on Thursday, Dec. 5.
• The Golden Eagles own early season wins over Wichita State (79-66), Sam Houston State, Texas State and Central Christian.
• ORU is 0-5 on the road this season with losses at Arkansas, Kansas State, Tulsa and Southern Utah, joining the setback to the Utes.
• Junior Keni Jo Lippe provides ORU with an explosive presence in the backcourt. The 5-9 guard from Adair, Okla., is averaging 18.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals. Lippe lives at the free throw line, averaging 7.8 free throw attempts per contest. She scored more than 2,300 points at Adair during her high school career.
• Lippe is joined in the backcourt by fifth-year senior Rylie Torrey. An impressive shooter, Torrey is averaging 2.9 made threes per game (29-66, .439) while averaging 14.4 points per game. She erupted for a career-high 25 points while going 5-for-9 from three-point range in the loss at Utah (Dec. 5). It was her third 20-point effort of the season and the second time she had hit five or more threes in a game, joining her season-high six in the win over Wichita State (Nov. 11).
• Another senior, Sarah Garvie adds more experience to the ORU backcourt. Garvie is averaging 8.3 points and 2.1 rebounds while giving the Golden Eagles another dangerous three-point threat. The 5-8 guard is averaging 2.2 threes per game (22-56, .393), including four in the win over Wichita State on her way to a season-high 17 points. She scored more than 2,600 points in her prep career as one of the top-10 all-time scorers in the history of Oklahoma high school basketball.
• Garvie and Torrey, who are both transfers from Northern Oklahoma-Enid junior college, combined for 10 of ORU's 13 three-pointers (13-30, .433) in the win over Wichita State. As a team, the Golden Eagles also went 16-of-17 at the free throw line in the win over the Shockers.
• Spaniard Montserrat Brotons provides ORU with a strong inside presence. The 6-4 center is averaging 9.5 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. A four-year contributor for the Golden Eagles, Brotons has not attempted a three-pointer in her college career.
• Freshman Macy Gore has started all 10 games for ORU and is averaging 5.2 points, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals. She has also knocked down 10 threes. She and her fraternal twin sister, Karly, led Seiling High School to three straight state titles. Karly Gore, who is averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game off the bench, was the 2018 state tournament MVP.
• Two other freshmen, Gem Summers (4.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and Nena Taylor (2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg) have seen action off the bench for the Golden Eagles.
• Junior Katie Kirkhart earned her first start of the season at Utah, matching Montserrat Brotons with a team-high seven rebounds. The 5-9 Kirkhart, who started 10 games last year, did not score against the Utes and is averaging 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds so far this season.
• Fellow junior Regan Schumacher joins Brotons as the only Golden Eagles taller than 6-0. The 6-2 Schumacher is averaging 2.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
• Senior guard Rachel Skalnik rounds out the ORU contributors with 1.6 points and 2.5 boards per contest.
• ORU has been without the services of second-team All-Summit League guard Maya Mayberry, who started all 29 games for the 18-13 Golden Eagles last year. The daughter of former Arkansas All-American, NBA first-round pick and current ORU Assistant Coach Lee Mayberry, Maya averaged 14.1 points per game last season, including a career-high 31 against North Dakota State. She finished 10th in the Summit League in scoring and seventh in three-point percentage (.430) last season.
• Maya Mayberry's older sister, Kaylan, was a senior guard for ORU in 2016-17 and an All-Summit League pick in her career. As a freshman in 2013-14, Kaylan Mayberry scored 20 points off the bench and hit four threes the last time ORU met Nebraska. 
• As a team, ORU is averaging 70.7 points per game but shooting just 37.2 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles have hit 33.6 percent of their three-point attempts and are averaging 8.2 three-pointers made per game. ORU is also an outstanding free throw shooting team, hitting 77.4 percent of their attempts. ORU owns a plus-4.7 rebound margin but a minus-1.7 turnover margin.

Nebraska vs. Oral Roberts Series History
• Nebraska is 6-0 all time against Oral Roberts with all six meetings coming in Lincoln. 
• Saturday's meeting marks ORU's second visit to Pinnacle Bank Arena, joining an 89-53 loss to the Huskers in their inaugural season at PBA on Dec. 29, 2013. That Husker victory capped a 10-2 non-conference season for a Nebraska team that went on to win the Big Ten Tournament title.
• The series with the Golden Eagles dates back to a 100-87 Nebraska win over ORU at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Nov. 27, 1987.
• The largest margin of victory in the series for the Huskers was a 110-61 (+49) win over ORU on Dec. 5, 1989.
• In 2012-13, the Huskers worked their way to an 80-67 victory on Dec. 20, 2012. It matched their narrowest victory margin (+13) in the series and the last time the two teams met at the Devaney Center. That Nebraska team advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (70).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (65).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all nine games this season, and has blocked a shot in 11 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 78 consecutive games.
• Taylor Kissinger and Hannah Whitish have both produced double-figure points in back-to-back games, the longest active streaks scoring in double figures by the Huskers.
• Nicea ElielyLeigha BrownKate CainAshtyn Veerbeek and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first nine games this season.
• Nicea ElielyKate CainAshtyn Veerbeek and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all nine games this season.
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 43 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 70 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 351 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 230 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
(1) Kate Cain needs one block to move into sole possession of No. 3 on the Nebraska career block list at 208. She is currently tied with Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page (207, 2005-08).
(7) Kristian Hudson needs seven assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(9) Kate Cain is nine blocks away from matching Catheryn Redmon (216, 2008-11) for No. 2 on the Husker career block list.
(9) Kristian Hudson needs 11 rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(16) Nicea Eliely needs 16 rebounds to reach 400 in her career.

Husker Nuggets
• A Nebraska victory over Oral Roberts would give the Huskers their first nine-win non-conference campaign under Coach Amy Williams.
• Nebraska's 83-79 win over Duke was the first for Amy Williams in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and her 50th victory overall as NU's head coach. 
• Nebraska's win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge helped the Big Ten secure its first win in the 13 years of challenge play against the ACC. The Big Ten went 9-5 overall in 14 head-to-head games with the ACC to move to 1-9-3 in the history of the challenge.
• Through games Dec. 9, Nebraska was No. 39 in the Massey Ratings. Other Big Ten teams in the top 45 included: Indiana (9), Maryland (16), Minnesota (20), Northwestern (22), Rutgers (26), Michigan (30), Michigan State (35),  Purdue (41), Ohio State (42) and Iowa (43).
• Through nine games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 59.4 points per game, after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 33.9 percent from the field and 26.2 percent from three-point range  this season against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from long range. In 2017-18, Nebraska led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
• Nebraska has held six opponents to 55 points or less through nine games this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less.
• In 2017-18, Nebraska held 11 of 32 opponents to 55 points or less.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in all nine games in 2019-20, and 37 of the last 39 games overall. The Husker bench has outscored opponent benches by double digits in 28 of the last 39 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 257-129 (28.6-14.3 ppg).




Barry Leads Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Nebraska had 48 football student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition as announced by the Conference office on Wednesday. Senior linebacker Mohamed Barry leads the honorees after being named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth consecutive year.

A native of Grayson, Ga., Barry earned his degree in ethnic studies in May of 2019 and competed during his senior season as a graduate student.  On the field, Barry was a 2019 team captain and led the Huskers in tackles for the second straight season. Barry is the 12th football player in school history to earn four Academic All-Conference selections.

Barry is joined on the team by nine players who earned their third selection Academic All-Big Ten team. That group includes senior defensive lineman Fyn Anderson, junior receiver Ty Chaffin, junior offensive tackle Matt Farniok, junior receiver Todd Honas, senior running back Wyatt Mazour, junior defensive end Ben Stille, junior tight end Jack Stoll, junior safety Eli Sullivan and junior offensive guard Boe Wilson. 

Twelve Husker players made their second appearance on the Academic All-Big Ten team, while 26 football student-athletes were recognized for the first time. 

The 48 football honorees were part of a group of 100 Nebraska student-athletes to receive Academic All-Big Ten recognition on Wednesday, including 18 women’s soccer players, 15 members of the women’s cross country team, 11 men’s cross country student-athletes and eight volleyball student-athletes.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team (as verified by being on the official squad list as of Nov. 1 for fall sports), have been enrolled full time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Nebraska Football Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Austin Allen, Soph., Mechanized Systems Management (2nd Academic All-Big Ten Selection)

David Alston, RFr., Advertising and Public Relations (1)

Fyn Anderson, Graduate, Finance (3)

Christian Banker, Soph., Nutrition and Health Sciences (2)

Mohamed Barry, Graduate, Ethnic Studies (4)

Andrew Bunch, Jr., Communication Studies (2)

Bradley Bunner, Soph., Finance (2)

Tony Butler, Graduate, Educational Administration—Master’s (2)

Chris Cassidy, Soph., Criminology and Criminal Justice (1)

Ty Chaffin, Jr., Mathematics Education (3)

Matt Farniok, Jr., Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Will Farniok, RFr., Biological Sciences (1)

Colton Feist, RFr., Business Administration (1)

Bennett Folkers, RFr., Business Administration (1)

Trent Hixson, Soph., Accounting (2)

Todd Honas, Jr., Communication Studies (3)

Will Honas, Jr., Nutrition and Health Sciences (1)

Damian Jackson, Soph., Child, Youth and Family Studies (2)

Brenden Jaimes, Jr., Criminology and Criminal Justice (1)

Joseph Johnson, RFr., Business Administration (1)

Miles Jones, RFr., Business Administration (1)

Cameron Jurgens, RFr., Nutrition and Health Sciences (1)

Reid Karel, Graduate, Business-Master’s (2)

Bryson Krull, RFr., Nutrition and Health Sciences (1)

Wyatt Liewer, RFr., Agricultural Economics (1)

Ben Lingenfelter, Soph., Mechanical Engineering (1)

Adrian Martinez, Soph., Business Administration (1)

Wyatt Mazour, Graduate, Nutrition and Health Sciences (3)

Lance McCallum, Soph., Finance (1)

Hunter Miller, Soph., Civil Engineering (2)

Cade Mueller, RFr., Mechanical Engineering (1)

Simon Otte, RFr., Mechanical Engineering (1)

Jordan Paup, Soph., Criminology and Criminal Justice (2)

Brian Perez, Jr., Biological Sciences (2)

Barret Pickering, Soph., Management (1)

Cameron Pieper, RFr., Elementary and Special Education (1)

Casey Rogers, RFr., Sports Media and Communications (1)

Connor Ruth, RFr., Business Administration (1)

Corbin Ruth, Soph., Finance (1)

Matt Sichterman, Soph., Software Engineering (2)

Ben Stille, Jr., Nutrition and Health Sciences (3)

Jack Stoll, Jr., Marketing (3)

Eli Sullivan, Jr., Mechanical Engineering (3)

Noah Vedral, Soph., Communication Studies (1)

Matt Waldoch, Soph., Child, Youth and Family Studies (1)

Kade Warner, Soph., Fisheries and Wildlife (2)

Tate Wildeman, RFr., Sports Media and Communications (1)

Boe Wilson, Jr., Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)




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Coverage of the Cattle Trail Basketball Tournament Semi-Finals and Championship games can be heard on Coyote Country 105.3 and online coyote105.com this Friday and Saturday.

Girls Semi-Final Games at McCook Community College
Dundy County-Stratton vs Decatur Community at 3:30pm CT 
Maywood-Hayes Center vs Hitchcock County at 6:30pm CT 

Boys Semi-Final Games at McCook Community College
Hitchcock County vs Wauneta-Palisade at 5:00pm CT
Dundy County-Stratton vs Maywood-Hayes Center at 8:00pm CT

Championship Saturday at McCook Community College
Girls - Tip off at 5:30pm CT
Boys - Tip off at 7:00pm CT




BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 64, Wood River 33

Anselmo-Merna 54, Arcadia-Loup City 30

Axtell 72, Silver Lake 35

Battle Creek 66, Central Valley 51

Centura 54, Central City 49

College View Academy 54, Cedar Bluffs 35

Conestoga 73, Malcolm 59

Deshler 65, Meridian 17

East Butler 45, Exeter/Milligan 37

Elgin Public/Pope John 47, Neligh-Oakdale 41

Elkhorn 51, Platteview 34

Elkhorn Mount Michael 42, Bishop Neumann 38

Elkhorn Valley 68, Madison 47

Elm Creek 68, Alma 41

Fairbury 49, Superior 42

Falls City 61, Diller-Odell 26

Fort Calhoun 61, Omaha Concordia 50

Garden County 55, Sioux County 33

Gordon/Rushville 63, Crawford 55

Guardian Angels 62, Columbus Scotus 56

Hartington-Newcastle 71, Wakefield 47

Hastings 65, Ralston 51

Howells/Dodge 40, Aquinas 34

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 46, Lewiston 26

Johnson County Central 53, Southern 38

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 77, Homer 53

Lexington 74, Minden 31

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 41, Wayne 38

Lutheran High Northeast 76, Twin River 62

Maxwell 76, Hi-Line 68

Mead 64, Cornerstone Christian 41

Morrill 74, Hay Springs 37

Nebraska Lutheran 66, St. Edward 18

Niobrara/Verdigre 47, St. Mary's 43

North Bend Central 66, Schuyler 45

North Platte St. Patrick's 81, Creek Valley 32

Oakland-Craig 82, Clarkson/Leigh 54

Osmond 60, Boyd County 29

Palmyra 58, Johnson-Brock 47

Parkview Christian 62, Omaha Christian Academy 28

Pleasanton 46, Cozad 39

Riverside 56, Summerland 32

Sedgwick County, Colo. 51, South Platte 21

Shelton 62, Harvard 43

Southern Valley 57, Cambridge 44

Sterling 36, Friend 24

Stuart 63, Spalding Academy 31

Sutherland 62, Brady 42

Sutton 66, Heartland 54

West Holt 53, Ord 39

West Point-Beemer 44, Stanton 43

Yutan 67, Arlington 33

Cattle Trail Invitational=

First Round=

Hitchcock County 67, Southwest 14

Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Arapahoe 37

Dundy County-Stratton 64, Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 19

Wauneta-Palisade 44, Medicine Valley 31

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 80, Wood River 39

Aquinas 41, Howells/Dodge 33

Arcadia-Loup City 46, Anselmo-Merna 36

Battle Creek 63, Central Valley 16

Boyd County 44, Osmond 11

Brady 39, Sutherland 29

Broken Bow 53, Amherst 27

Cambridge 46, Southern Valley 27

Central City 59, Centura 32

College View Academy 36, Cedar Bluffs 32

Crofton 55, Boone Central/Newman Grove 33

Diller-Odell 41, Falls City 35

Elgin Public/Pope John 49, Neligh-Oakdale 45

Elkhorn Valley 57, Madison 27

Elm Creek 66, Alma 36

Elmwood-Murdock 44, Louisville 40

Exeter/Milligan 51, East Butler 30

Fremont 76, Omaha Benson 37

Giltner 43, McCool Junction 29

Gordon/Rushville 46, Crawford 35

Guardian Angels 62, Columbus Scotus 56

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 30

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 79, Plainview 30

Johnson-Brock 54, Palmyra 36

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 50, Homer 46

Loomis 53, Kenesaw 45

Lutheran High Northeast 65, Twin River 30

Malcolm 44, Conestoga 17

Maxwell 54, Hi-Line 26

Mead 52, Cornerstone Christian 17

Meridian 45, Deshler 32

Minden 41, Lexington 39

Morrill 61, Hay Springs 29

Nebraska City Lourdes 40, Falls City Sacred Heart 34

Nebraska Lutheran 48, St. Edward 28

Niobrara/Verdigre 37, St. Mary's 32

North Bend Central 69, Schuyler 7

North Platte St. Patrick's 74, Creek Valley 20

Oakland-Craig 55, Clarkson/Leigh 31

Omaha Concordia 46, Fort Calhoun 42

Omaha Gross Catholic 71, Nebraska City 33

Omaha Mercy 52, Omaha Skutt Catholic 45

Overton 45, Gibbon 22

Palmer 58, Elba 27

Pleasanton 71, Cozad 29

Shelton 52, Harvard 35

Silver Lake 48, Axtell 35

Sioux County 39, Garden County 17

South Platte 48, Sedgwick County, Colo. 32

Southern 39, Johnson County Central 31

Sterling 65, Friend 15

Stuart 58, Spalding Academy 12

Summerland 62, Riverside 23

Summerland 62, Riverside 23

Superior 50, Fairbury 31

Sutton 57, Heartland 42

Tekamah-Herman 28, Douglas County West 25

Wahoo 43, Ashland-Greenwood 38, OT

Wakefield-Allen 60, Hartington-Newcastle 44

Wayne 78, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 30

Weeping Water 47, Auburn 37

West Holt 32, Ord 31

West Point-Beemer 49, Stanton 30

York 70, Columbus 32

Yutan 51, Arlington 42

Cattle Trail Invitational=

First Round=

Dundy County-Stratton 59, Arapahoe 32

Hitchcock County 61, Wauneta-Palisade 37

Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Southwest 27

Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 39, Medicine Valley 23





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Four members of the Nebraska volleyball team were named to the AVCA All-North Region Team on Tuesday. Lauren StivrinsLexi SunNicklin Hames and Madi Kubik were all voted to the all-region team, and Kubik was named the North Region Freshman of the Year, adding to the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award she received last week. 

Stivrins collected her second career all-region honor after posting 2.60 kills per set, 1.06 blocks per set and a team-best .385 hitting percentage. The junior middle blocker has led the Huskers to a .150 opponent hitting percentage this season, which ranks seventh in the nation. A first-team All-American last year, Stivrins has also served nine aces and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection this season. 

Sun earned her second career all-region honor and first at Nebraska. The junior outside hitter leads the Huskers with 3.54 kills per set with 2.40 digs per set and a team-high 24 aces. Sun posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. She has nine double-doubles this season, second-most on the team.

Hames received her first all-region team selection after averaging 10.91 assists and 2.89 digs per set. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames has a team-high 16 double-doubles and has served 24 aces. Her 11.37 assists per set in Big Ten play ranked third in the conference and earned her first-team All-Big Ten accolades. Hames has set the Huskers to a .272 hitting percentage this season.

Kubik earned Nebraska's first AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year honor since Kadie Rolfzen in 2013. She is the sixth Husker all-time to be named region freshman of the year. Kubik is averaging 2.75 kills and 2.51 digs per set in her first year as a Husker. She ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in kills (2.73 per set) and digs (2.52 per set) in conference play, earning her All-Big Ten Second Team and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. 

The four Huskers will be eligible for AVCA All-America honors, which will be announced next Wednesday, Dec. 18.



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McCook Community College has named Iowa native Kevin Kaalberg as the new coach for the Lady Indian softball team as well as an enrollment coach.

In addition to coaching high school softball in Iowa, Kaalberg is leaving his job as Senior Financial Analyst at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Heart, & Vascular Center in Iowa City to take the MCC post and the opportunity to do what he loves.

“I’ve enjoyed a professional career in finance and once our children graduated from high school, my wife encouraged me to pursue my passion so I could just coach,” Kaalberg said.

He admitted that he knew little about McCook but when he saw the job listing for the softball coach he became real interested when he learned that position also had an opportunity to work with young people and help them on their career paths as an enrollment coach.

“I’ve always been passionate about kids, I love coaching softball and helping them achieve goals beyond softball and with the enrollment coaching duties here at MCC, that helps me do that on a wider level,” he said.

Less than a week after being offered the job, Kaalberg came to McCook to meet with his team and set up individual meetings, get his initial read on the team, talk about expectations and try and answer any questions or concerns before finals exams this week.

“These student athletes are students first and I didn’t want anything to interfere with their focus on finals,” he said. “My initial impression is that this is a great group of kids and they have endured some uncertain circumstances this fall but I think it has brought them closer together. I appreciate Rachel Bashor taking on the interim coaching responsibilities for the past several months.”

During the 2019 season, the Lady Indians won a share of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title and gained the team’s first appearance in the Region IX post-season in three years and went 2-2 to reach the championship game, but fell 9-4 to Western Nebraska and ended the season at 29-33. The 2020 roster includes 13 freshmen and four sophomores.

Kaalberg had been coaching varsity and junior varsity softball at Durant High School in Iowa for the past year as well as the Eastern Iowa Barracudas, and 18-and-under team in Iowa City since July 2017. In the off-season he led Mid-Prairie High School’s 18-and-under ASA/USSSA team in Wellman, Iowa, to the state tournament from 2010-2014.

“Family has always comes first with me, at home and then your team becomes part of the family as well,” he said.

Before he took the MCC post, Kaalberg said he and his wife Andrea met with their three grown children Brooke and her two children Liam and Tate, and twins Reid and Madison, to talk over Thanksgiving about the McCook job.

“I’ve never been that far away from them, and they needed to be a part of the discussion, but they were excited for me, Andrea has been on-board from the beginning and will move to McCook.” She may be looking for opportunities in her field of internet technology.

Kaalberg said he always likes to get his teams involved in the community and welcomes any opportunities to get his players busy with volunteer projects.

You can call him email him at kaalbergk@mpcc.edu or you can call him at 319-325-6167.




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TORRINGTON, Wyo. –It took overtime Saturday, but the McCook Community College men were able to split the weekend Wyoming road-trip with a buzzer beater to top Eastern Wyoming 76-73.

Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) hit a 3-pointer with time expiring in the second overtime for the win.

For 20 minutes Saturday, the Indians were poised to pick up where they left off Friday night in a second-half collapse in Cheyenne, surrendering a 13-point half-time lead in a 75-66 loss to Laramie County Community College.

On Saturday MCC trailed the Eastern Wyoming 41-27 at the half.

“We slept-walked through the first half and left off right where we did against LCCC and we were down 14,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “We didn’t guard and were taking bad shots.”

The coach said he challenged the guys at the half and asked them to decide what kind of team they want to be.

“I asked if they want to be average or great and said there is no way if we play hard, that we lose this game,” Drennan said. “And I told them that ‘you have a choice to fight back or curl up in a ball wait for the beating to stop.’”

The Indians did fight back and erased the 14-point deficit in the first eight minutes.

“We did all the little things that winning teams do: execute, guard, make free throws, rebound, no easy shots and elite effort,” Drennan said.

MCC scored 36 points in the second 20 minutes and held Eastern Wyoming to 22 to send the game into overtime where Sullivan canned his only 3-pointer of the game to give the Indians a season sweep over the Lancers.

Sullivan made one of three 3-pointers and led MCC in scoring with 23 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) scored 18 points and led the Indians on the boards with eight. Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas), also a freshman, scored 15. Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha) made three of nine 3-pointers on a 12-point night to go along with six rebounds.

MCC shot 44.3 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent on 23 shots from the 3-point line, and sank 15 of 19 free throws (78.9 percent). The Indians turned the ball over eight times.

Eastern Wyoming shot 40 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent on 27 3-pointers, and made 13 of 15 free throws (86.7 percent.) The Lancers out-rebounded MCC 40-36 and committed nine turnovers.

Eastern Wyoming falls to 8-4 on the season.

“I am proud of our guys for that elite effort in the second half and excited to see what the second semester brings us,” Drennan said. “We want to host the Region 9 tournament in McCook.”

MCC improves to 7-7 on the season with the next action coming at Scottsbluff Jan. 14 against Western Nebraska.

The Indians’ only two home games next month happen on back-to-back nights Jan. 17 when the Tribe takes on Northeastern Junior College (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 18 (4 p.m.) against Southeast Community College.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home game watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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TORRINGTON, Wyo. – Eastern Wyoming handed the MCC women their second-straight loss Saturday 81-54 to end the semester.

The Lady Indians shot 36.1 percent from the field, made five of 19 shots from beyond the arc (26.3 percent) and made five of 11 shots from the free-throw line.

MCC had 37 rebounds and turned the ball over 21 times.

The Lancers shot 45.3 percent from the field, made 41.7 percent of the 24 3-pointers and six of eight free throws. Eastern Wyoming had 46 rebounds and 10 turnovers.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) led MCC with 14 points. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored nine points and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) pulled down eight rebounds and had five points.

Eastern Wyoming sweeps the season series with MCC and improve to 7-5.

The Lady Indians head to the winter break at 10-3 or 11-2. The next game will be a Jan. 14 contest with 10th ranked Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.

MCC’s will play back-to-back home games Jan. 17 (5:30 p.m.) against Northeastern Junior College and Jan. 18 (2 p.m.) against Southeast Community College. 

To stay up-to-day on coverage of all MCC Lady Indian basketball news including schedule, photo galleries, and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

MCC home basketball home games are livestreamed at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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��‍♂️Cozad Invite McCook Results��‍♂️ VARSITY: Tate Felber 2nd Place at 145lbs Landon Towne 3rd Place at 152lbs Alec Langan 1st Place at 195lbs Austin Kreutzer 3rd Place at 220lbs Reid Steinbeck 3rd Place at 285lbs



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Friday (12/06/2019)

Adams Central 54, Holdrege 34
Alma 50, Kenesaw 41
Archbishop Bergan 78, Omaha Christian Academy 22
BDS 61, Hampton 17
Battle Creek 64, Wayne 59
Bayard 43, Crawford 40
Beatrice 55, Columbus 32
Bennington 55, Nebraska City 14
Bertrand 30, Axtell 27
Bloomfield 63, Emerson-Hubbard 21
Boone Central/Newman Grove 51, Hartington Cedar Catholic 40
Brady 47, Garden County 31
Bridgeport 63, Leyton 24
Broken Bow 53, North Platte St. Patrick's 37
CWC 63, Summerland 46
Central City 69, Gibbon 37
Chadron 61, Scottsbluff 44
Chase County 59, Wauneta-Palisade 40
Cody-Kilgore 67, Hay Springs 36
Creek Valley 41, Hyannis 37
Crete 65, Hastings 30
Crofton 63, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 42
Cross County 59, Shelby-Rising City 27
Diller-Odell 60, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 56 (OT)
Doniphan-Trumbull 33, Blue Hill 26
Dundy County-Stratton 54, Kimball 25
Elgin Public/Pope John 47, Niobrara/Verdigre 30
Elkhorn Valley 53, Neligh-Oakdale 39
Elm Creek 58, Southern Valley 55
Exeter-Milligan 63, Osceola 19
Falls City Sacred Heart 65, Sterling 29
Fillmore Central 40, Milford 37
Frankfort, KS 55, Pawnee City 32
Franklin 35, Sandhills Valley 18
Gering 77, Alliance 42
Gordon-Rushville 39, Hemingford 34
Gothenburg 37, Hershey 25
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 61, Wisner-Pilger 11
Heartland 41, Wilber-Clatonia 24
Hi-Line 58, Ansley-Litchfield 43
High Plains Community 40, Giltner 36
Howells-Dodge 39, Stanton 26
Humphrey St. Francis 76, Palmer 15
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 48, Clarkson/Leigh 41
Johnson County Central 46, Mead 41
Kearney Catholic 64, Sutton 36
Lawrence-Nelson 52, Red Cloud 13
Lincoln Christian 30, Fairbury 28
Lincoln North Star 57, Kearney 38
Maxwell 60, Sandhills/Thedford 19
Maywood-Hayes Center 58, Wallace 16
Medicine Valley 42, Paxton 15
Meridian 45, Dorchester 25
Millard South 87, Omaha Bryan 8
Mitchell 41, Sterling, CO 39
Morrill 45, Potter-Dix 8
Mullen 56, Anselmo-Merna 42
Nebraska Christian 41, St. Edward 32
Norris 56, Plattsmouth 51
North Central 60, Burwell 16
North Platte 43, Sidney 39
Northwest 57, Waverly 40
Ogallala 39, Lexington 34
Omaha Brownell Talbot 59, Cornerstone Christian 10
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 50, Omaha Concordia 43
Ord 57, Ainsworth 56
Osmond 46, Randolph 43
Overton 51, Loomis 37
Papillion-LaVista 58, Bellevue East 28
Pleasanton 65, Arcadia/Loup City 49
Silver Lake 44, Deshler 37
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 41, Twin Loup 11
South Platte 41, Minatare 10
Southern 42, Palmyra 24
St. Mary's 54, Riverside 24
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 56, Wilcox-Hildreth 38
Syracuse 55, Falls City 28
Wahoo 40, Aurora 37
Wausa 33, Plainview 30
Weeping Water 57, Malcolm 41
West Holt 41, Creighton 33
Winnebago 92, Walthill 19
Wray, CO 60, Perkins County 20
Wynot 71, Winside 16

Missing Scores:
@ Omaha Nation: Santee VS Omaha Nation
@ Pender: Tekamah-Herman VS Pender
@ Raymond Central: Aquinas Catholic VS Raymond Central

Saturday (12/07/2019)

Ainsworth 45, Gordon-Rushville 39
Aquinas Catholic 47, Shelby-Rising City 17
Archbishop Bergan 61, Douglas County West 26
Arlington 52, Ashland-Greenwood 43
Arthur County 52, Hay Springs 23
Atwood-Rawlins County, KS 65, Hitchcock County 61
BDS 70, East Butler 32
BRLD 61, Homer 40
Blair 51, Ralston 34
Boone Central/Newman Grove 38, Columbus Lakeview 29
Boyd County 53, Wausa 29
Bridgeport 49, Bayard 28
Centennial 58, Nebraska Christian 28
Chadron 62, North Platte 54 (OT)
Clarkson/Leigh 69, Madison 31
David City 37, Sandy Creek 24
Dundy County-Stratton 49, Morrill 39
Elkhorn 56, Waverly 39
Elkhorn South 71, Lincoln Southeast 38
Fillmore Central 39, Fairbury 31
Fremont 50, Omaha Westside 43
Fullerton 70, High Plains Community 33
Grand Island Central Catholic 58, Omaha Gross Catholic 49
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 55, Lutheran High Northeast 38
Hampton 32, McCool Junction 25
Hartington-Newcastle 60, Osmond 41
Hastings St. Cecilia 50, Bishop Neumann 26
Hemingford 54, Hyannis 28
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Heartland Lutheran 10
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Battle Creek 49
Kearney Catholic 64, Holdrege 51
Kimball 60, Potter-Dix 5
Lawrence-Nelson 65, Tri County 18
Lincoln Christian 65, Freeman 37
Lincoln East 60, Norfolk 33
Lincoln High 57, Papillion-LaVista South 39
Lincoln Northeast 54, Bellevue West 51
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 50, Twin River 18
Lourdes Central Catholic 34, Yutan 29
Malcolm 51, Auburn 38
Maxwell 51, Creek Valley 17
Maywood-Hayes Center 61, Southwest 30
McCook 47, Valentine 34
Meridian 57, Nebraska Lutheran 29
Milford 67, Raymond Central 28
Millard North 62, Grand Island 24
Millard South 101, Omaha Burke 71
Mitchell 49, Gering 43
Norfolk Catholic 38, Lincoln Lutheran 19
North Bend Central 78, Seward 37
North Platte St. Patrick's 57, Sutherland 17
Northwest 51, Norris 46 (OT)
Oakland-Craig 64, Boys Town 14
Ogallala 46, Minden 33
Omaha Duchesne Academy 32, Elmwood-Murdock 31
Omaha Mercy 51, Plattsmouth 46
Omaha North 71, Omaha South 27
Omaha Northwest 68, Omaha Benson 54
Ord 75, Central City 39
Platteview 59, Louisville 43
Ponca 55, Wayne 32
Shelton 33, Franklin 29
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 53, Amherst 28
South Sioux City 58, Columbus 45
St. Paul 43, Doniphan-Trumbull 15
Sterling 40, Thayer Central 24
Sterling, CO 49, Alliance 31
Stuart 50, Central Valley 36
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 56, Loomis 54
Superior 64, Belleville - Republic Co., KS 25
Tekamah-Herman 30, Stanton 24
Twin Loup 38, Sandhills/Thedford 17
Weeping Water 60, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 29
West Point-Beemer 48, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 46
Wood River 43, Centura 38

Missing Scores:
@ Cody-Kilgore: Sioux County VS Cody-Kilgore
@ Fort Calhoun: Syracuse VS Fort Calhoun
@ Milford: Raymond Central VS Milford
@ Sedgwick County, CO: Garden County VS Sedgwick County, CO



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McCook varsity basketball teams opened the season with wins vs Valentine on Saturday night. Bison girls posted a 47-34 victory, meanwhile it was the debut of new head coach Joe Imus for the McCook boys as they cruised to a 75-41 victory. 

Bison teams will be back in action at the Topside Tip Off Tournament in Goodland, KS on Thursday, December 12th taking on Yuma, Colorado. Girls game will be at 3pm CT boys game will follow at approximately 5pm CT. 

Coach Amy Schiel for the McCook girls & Bison boys assistant Josh Kershaw joined Hometown Family Radio after the games. Listen below. 




Amy Schiel after Valentine

Josh Kershaw after Valentine

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Adams Central 59, Holdrege 35
Ainsworth 55, Ord 37
Alliance 53, North Platte 32
Alma 57, Kenesaw 34
Ansley-Litchfield 90, Hi-Line 57
Aquinas Catholic 60, Raymond Central 31
Arcadia/Loup City 55, Pleasanton 42
Archbishop Bergan 84, Omaha Christian Academy 48
Axtell 61, Bertrand 36
BDS 56, Hampton 6
Battle Creek 57, Wayne 49
Beatrice 78, Columbus 68
Bennington 79, Nebraska City 44
Bloomfield 52, Emerson-Hubbard 25
Brady 59, Garden County 53
Bridgeport 58, Leyton 12
Burwell 70, North Central 23
Chase County 67, Wauneta-Palisade 17
Crawford 47, Bayard 37
Deshler 42, Silver Lake 37
Diller-Odell 56, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 45
Doniphan-Trumbull 50, Blue Hill 38
Dundy County-Stratton 58, Kimball 46
Elkhorn Valley 54, Neligh-Oakdale 37
Exeter-Milligan 56, Osceola 52 (OT)
Falls City 47, Syracuse 36
Falls City Sacred Heart 69, Sterling 29
Frankfort, KS 57, Pawnee City 44
Franklin 48, Sandhills Valley 36
Gering 67, Sidney 56
Gibbon 40, Central City 36
Giltner 49, High Plains Community 14
Gordon-Rushville 47, Hemingford 34
Hartington Cedar Catholic 78, Boone Central/Newman Grove 43
Hastings 56, Crete 39
Hay Springs 45, Cody-Kilgore 44
Hershey 53, Gothenburg 48
Howells-Dodge 49, Stanton 35
Humphrey St. Francis 71, Palmer 26
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 77, Clarkson/Leigh 34
Hyannis 67, Creek Valley 40
Johnson County Central 49, Mead 38
Kearney Catholic 51, Sutton 42
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 64, Crofton 37
Lawrence-Nelson 60, Red Cloud 18
Lincoln Christian 67, Fairbury 38
Loomis 72, Overton 23
Malcolm 56, Weeping Water 34
Maxwell 48, Sandhills/Thedford 45
Milford 71, Fillmore Central 27
Mitchell 64, Chadron 49
Morrill 54, Potter-Dix 23
Mullen 68, Anselmo-Merna 56
Nebraska Christian 42, St. Edward 19
Niobrara/Verdigre 53, Elgin Public/Pope John 49
Norris 55, Plattsmouth 29
North Platte St. Patrick's 60, Broken Bow 39
Northwest 52, Waverly 33
Ogallala 67, Lexington 65 (OT)
Omaha Brownell Talbot 55, Cornerstone Christian 37
Omaha Nation 87, Santee 47
Omaha South 71, Omaha Benson 58
Osmond 55, Randolph 33
Palmyra 68, Southern 41
Paxton 65, Medicine Valley 49
Pender 57, Tekamah-Herman 45
Plainview 42, Wausa 27
Riverside 64, St. Mary's 47
Scottsbluff 68, Sterling, CO 59
Shelby-Rising City 49, Cross County 41
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 60, Twin Loup 25
South Platte 31, Minatare 28
Southern Valley 56, Elm Creek 50
Summerland 40, CWC 35
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 25
Wahoo 48, Aurora 29
Wakefield 57, Allen 40
Wallace 65, Maywood-Hayes Center 27
Walthill 60, Winnebago 51
West Holt 63, Creighton 59
Wilber-Clatonia 62, Heartland 55
Wisner-Pilger 69, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 47
Wray, CO 86, Perkins County 45
Wynot 47, Winside 14

Missing Scores:
@ Meridian: Dorchester VS Meridian

Saturday (12/07/2019)

Ainsworth 60, Gordon-Rushville 56
Amherst 64, South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 39
Aquinas Catholic 52, Shelby-Rising City 32
Ashland-Greenwood 58, Arlington 44
Auburn 83, Malcolm 42
BDS 48, East Butler 36 (OT)
BRLD 65, Homer 28
Bayard 56, Leyton 32
Belleville-Republic Co., KS 58, Superior 41
Bellevue West 69, Omaha Westside 62
Bishop Neumann 50, Hastings St. Cecilia 17
Boyd County 50, Wausa 26
Boys Town 76, Oakland-Craig 70
Bridgeport 72, Crawford 18
Centennial 70, Nebraska Christian 32
Central City 42, Ord 34
Central Valley 64, Stuart 38
Centura 47, Wood River 28
Clarkson/Leigh 64, Madison 44
Columbus 92, South Sioux City 67
Columbus Lakeview 60, Boone Central/Newman Grove 27
Creighton Preparatory School 66, Lincoln Southwest 54
Douglas County West 50, Archbishop Bergan 42
Dundy County-Stratton 42, Morrill 25
Fairbury 60, Fillmore Central 42
Fort Calhoun 67, Syracuse 19
Fullerton 79, High Plains Community 17
Grand Island Central Catholic 78, Norfolk Catholic 39
Gretna 67, Millard South 54
Hay Springs 48, Arthur County 40
Humphrey St. Francis 75, Heartland Lutheran 25
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 63, Battle Creek 60
Kearney Catholic 60, Holdrege 39
Lincoln Christian 65, Freeman 54
Lincoln East 68, Norfolk 59
Lincoln Lutheran 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 31
Lincoln North Star 65, Kearney 54
Lincoln Northeast 92, Fremont 54
Lincoln Southeast 58, Elkhorn South 45
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Twin River 30
Loomis 80, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 45
Lourdes Central Catholic 50, Elmwood-Murdock 46
Lutheran High Northeast 66, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 57 (OT)
Maxwell 52, Creek Valley 24
Maywood-Hayes Center 61, Southwest 44
McCook 75, Valentine 42
McCool Junction 73, Hampton 26
Milford 54, Raymond Central 34
Millard North 79, Papillion-LaVista South 63
Mount Michael Benedictine 76, Plattsmouth 37
Norris 48, Northwest 26
North Bend Central 64, Seward 35
North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Sutherland 35
Ogallala 81, Minden 39
Omaha Central 69, Omaha Burke 57
Omaha North 55, Omaha South 54
Osmond 71, Hartington-Newcastle 59
Papillion-LaVista 64, Bellevue East 46
Ponca 58, Wayne 40
Ralston 59, Blair 50
Sandy Creek 41, David City 34
Scottsbluff 66, Alliance 50
Shelton 48, Franklin 22
Sioux County 45, Cody-Kilgore 31
St. Paul 49, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Stanton 40, Tekamah-Herman 37
Sterling 51, Thayer Central 49 (OT)
Tri County 60, Lawrence-Nelson 30
Waverly 40, Elkhorn 33
Weeping Water 52, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 48
Yutan 70, Parkview Christian 26

Missing Scores:
@ Atwood-Rawlins County, KS: Hitchcock County VS Atwood-Rawlins County, KS
@ Hyannis: Hemingford VS Hyannis
@ Nebraska Lutheran: Meridian VS Nebraska Lutheran
@ Omaha Roncalli Catholic: West Point-Beemer VS Omaha Roncalli Catholic
@ Platteview: Louisville VS Platteview
@ Sandhills/Thedford: Twin Loup VS Sandhills/Thedford
@ Sedgwick County, CO: Garden County VS Sedgwick County, CO



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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney football team scored 15 points in the first six minutes, rushed for 446 yards and recorded four sacks to hold off Winona (Minn.) State, 50-33, in the 54th Annual Mineral Water Bowl Saturday afternoon in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

This marks UNK's fourth all-time postseason win in 113 years of playing football. The Lopers finish up at 7-5 with a large senior class helping turn around a program that was 0-11 in 2015 and 1-10 in 2016.

The Warriors (8-4), from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, came in with a veteran defense that was allowing just 16 points and 129 rushing yards per game. Head coach Josh Lynn's option-based offense gashed Winona early and often and managed those 446 yards on just 48 carries (9.2 avg.). UNK rushed for six touchdowns with quarterback TJ Davis (Colorado Springs) going 4 of 6 in the air for 46 yards and one score.

Davis, having a hand in five TD's in the first half, was named Offensive MVP with senior inside backer Sal Silvio (Kansas City) the Defensive MVP. Davis ran 12 times for 144 yards and four scores (54, 14, two, and 36 yards) with Silvio amassing nine tackles including his ninth sack of the fall. He ends a two-time all-region career with 323 tackles, second most in Loper lore.

The defense started the day with a three and out and then Davis, on the Lopers second offensive play, fooled the entire WSU defense and ran 54 yards down the right sidelines for a 6-0 lead. Lynn then called for a fake PAT and it worked as junior OLB Travis Holcomb (Centura) picked up the two points. 

Another three and out followed and featured a 10-yard sack by Silvio who fell just short of the single season sack record (9.5/Nate Reicks/2008). A short punt and a 10-yard return by graduate student Luke Quinn (Scottsdale, Ariz.) put the ball deep into WSU territory. Two runs later and it was quickly 15-0.

The Warriors, minus all-conference back Sam Santiago-Lloyd, couldn't muster much of a run game against a stout Loper front (44 yards on 31 carries) but junior QB Owen Burke (6-3, 225 lbs.) kept his team in the game by going 22 of 32 for 284 yards, three TD's and no INT's. Also getting out of several sacks and keeping plays alive with his feet, he helped WSU trim the deficit to 15-9, 22-16, 36-26 and 43-33.

Both teams also had TD's wiped off the boards, UNK seeing a 39-yard run by senior back David Goodwin (Lauderhill, Fla.) called back due to holding. That would've made it 42-19 midway through the third quarter. A few minutes later WSU all-league punt returner/receiver Jake Balliu brought back a punt 70 yards for six points but an illegal block nullified that score. However, WSU did get a 33-yard pass from Burke to Tyler Knutson later on that drive to make it 36-26.  

UNK responded as Goodwin ran for three tough yards to convert on 3rd & 2 and then senior back Darrius Webb (Allentown, Pa.) had runs of six, 19 and 23 yards, the third resulting in a TD. A 15-yard personal foul on WSU also aided that drive. All toll the teams combined for 11 penalties for 137 yards.

Winona came back once more as Burke completed passes of 30 and 38 yards before finding receiver Ethan Wittenburg from four yards out with 10 minutes to play. The back and forth continued as UNK used nine straight runs, including a 21-yard scamper by junior Dayton Sealey (Hastings), to salt things away. The 89-yard drive, which started with a penalty on the kick return, ended when Quinn – a six-year Loper – ran in from a yard out. That is his 21st and last score in a UNK uniform.

Backup QB John Rumpza tried to get WSU within 10 points again as he threw a 26-yard completion on 4th & 19 from the Loper 37-yard line. However, the defense finished the year in style by shutting down the Warriors on four plays from inside the five-yard line.

For UNK, Webb had a big second half and tallied a team-best 152 rushing yards on 12 carries. Goodwin managed 79 yards on 16 carries and thus went over 1,000 yards (1,041) for the season, as did Davis (1,030). This is the first time in school history two players have reached 1k in rushing yards in the same fall. The four rushing scores by Davis are tied for second most in school history in a game and just one off the record.

Next sophomore slot Montrez Jackson (Trenton, FL) caught two balls for 23 yards and one TD. Besides Silvio, senior OLB Zach Sullivan (Millard West) had nine tackles including a sack, junior corner Terrell Williams (Sacramento) had four stops and three PBU's and senior linemen Hinwa Allieu (Gaithersburg, Md) and Jordan Ingraham (Miami) had four tackles apiece.

For Winona, twelve different players caught a pass including five by Balliu. Backup back Miguel Benjamin had 49 yards on 10 carries with redshirt freshman backer Clay Schueffner having a team-best 10 tackles.

 

UNK begins spring ball in March 2020 with signing day coming in February.





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Omaha – Haanif Cheatham had a team-high 14 points to lead five Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska’s start proved costly in a 95-76 loss at Creighton Saturday afternoon.

Cheatham scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Nebraska shot 61 percent in the second half but was unable to overcome a blistering start by Creighton in the first 15 minutes.

Thorir Thorbjarnarson had a career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, while Cam Mack (12), Matej Kavas (11) and Jervay Green (10) all finished in double figures for Nebraska (4-5).

 Marcus Zegarowski led four Creighton players in double figures with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as the Bluejays (7-2) shot 53 percent on the day, including 13 3-pointers. Ty-Shon Alexander added 22 points in the victory.

Damien Jefferson, who entered the game 1-of-15 from 3-point range on the season, drained a pair of 3-pointers in a 18-2 Creighton spurt to open the contest that set the tone for the contest.  Nebraska

While the hosts got off to a blistering start, Nebraska struggled from the floor, missing 24 of 27 shots from the floor as Creighton raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 19 -point victory.

The Huskers return to action Friday night when they take Indiana in its Big Ten opener. Tipoff from Assembly Hall is set for 7 p.m. (CT) 




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LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team reached its eighth straight NCAA Regional with a 3-1 win over Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night.  

The sixth-ranked Huskers rallied after dropping the first set, coming back for a 20-25, 25-20, 32-30, 25-18 win in front of a crowd of 8,091 in the final home match of the season. Nebraska, the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, will head to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend for regionals. The No. 4 Badgers will host No. 13 Texas A&M next Friday, while the Huskers will meet the winner of Saturday's late-night match between No. 12 Hawaii and San Diego. 

Jazz Sweet had a big night to power the Huskers into their NCAA-record 35th regional appearance. Sweet led Nebraska with 17 kills, her most ever in an NCAA Tournament match and one shy of her career high overall. Sweet also tied her career high with six blocks and added four digs, two shy of her career high. Lexi Sun (13 kills), Madi Kubik (11) and Lauren Stivrins (11) also had double-figure kills for the Big Red. Nebraska committed nine errors and hit .000 in the first set but had only 10 errors while hitting .350 over the final three sets. The Huskers hit .267 overall in the match. Nicklin Hames dished out 42 assists and had 12 digs, while Kubik also had a double-double with 10 digs to go along with her 11 kills. 

Defensively, Nebraska out-blocked Missouri 13-6 and out-dug the Tigers, 59-53. The Huskers were also strong at the service line with seven aces against only three errors, with Hames and Megan Miller each serving up three aces.

Leketor Member-Meneh led Missouri with a match-high 19 kills to pace three Tigers in double-figure kills. The Tigers ended their season with a 22-8 record, while Nebraska improved to 27-4.

Set 1: Sweet began the set with a block and two kills, and Kubik had a block and an ace as the Huskers claimed a 7-5 lead. But Missouri rallied with a 4-0 run to take a 9-7 lead and force a Husker timeout. Schwarzenbach and Sun struck kills and then teamed up for a block before Hames served an ace to restore a 12-10 lead. But the Tigers answered again with two blocks and a kill and two Husker errors, and Nebraska needed another timeout as it trailed 15-12. Missouri's run continued with two more unforced Husker hitting errors, and the 7-0 run had Mizzou up 17-12 before a service error ended it. Tyanna Omazic had back-to-back kills to make it 20-13 Missouri, but Sweet posted a kill and a solo block, and Miller served back-to-back aces to pull the Big Red within 21-18 and force a Mizzou timeout. NU ended up cutting it to two at 22-20, but the Tigers scored the final three points, including back-to-back aces by Omazic to end the set, 25-20. Nebraska hit .000 in set one with nine attacking errors, while Missouri hit .212. 

Set 2: NU came out of the gates with a 5-1 run, keyed by another Miller ace and two kills by Kubik. The Huskers led 9-4 after a kill by Sun, but Missouri ripped off four straight points to get within 9-8, but Sweet recorded two kills in a row to make it 12-9 Huskers. Stivrins had a pair of kills, and Sun had another as NU went up 18-14. Missouri responded with a pair of kills and an ace to get within 18-17, but Sweet sandwiched a pair of kills around one by Stivrins to put NU up 22-18. Stivrins terminated on the slide to earn set point at 24-20, and Nebraska evened the match with a 25-20 win. Nebraska out-hit Missouri .400 to .345 in the set. 

Set 3: Missouri ripped off a 7-1 run to take a 10-4 advantage. Back-to-back solo blocks by Hames and Sun started a 10-1 Husker run in which the Huskers posted five blocks. Schwarzenbach combined for three of them, and Sun gave NU a 12-11 lead with two straight kills. Hames served an ace, and a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach made it 14-11. Sweet, Schwarzenbach and Kubik tacked on kills for a 19-15 advantage, and the lead went to five, 22-17, after an ace by Hames. The Huskers earned set point at 24-20, but Missouri scored five points in a row to take a 25-24 lead. Sweet answered with a clutch kill to tie it at 25-25, and Kubik tipped one for another Husker set point, 26-25. The teams traded points to a 27-27 tie, when Member-Meneh terminated a kill for set point for Missouri at 28-27. A service error tied the score again at 28-28, and Member-Meneh and Kubik traded kills to make it 29-29. Sun put NU on top, 30-29, and the Huskers stayed ahead 31-30 after a Missouri service error. Sweet and Schwarzenbach produced a block to end the thriller at 32-20. It was the Huskers' sixth block of the set. Nebraska had seven set points, while Missouri had three chances to win it. 

Set 4: Nebraska took an 8-4 lead after back-to-back blocks by Stivrins, one with Sweet and one with Kubik, part of a 5-0 run. Missouri sliced the deficit to one at 13-12, but Sun terminated back-to-back rallies, and Sweet continued her phenomenal match with two more kills to take Nebraska to an 18-13 lead. Two straight kills by Kubik and one each by Stivrins and Sweet made it 23-15 Nebraska after a 5-0 spurt, and the Huskers advanced to regionals with a 25-18 win. 

Nebraska Post-Match Notes

Nebraska advances to an NCAA Regional for the eighth straight season, for the 25th time in the past 26 seasons and for the 35th time in school history.

The Huskers' 35 NCAA Regional appearances are the most in NCAA history.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 115-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers rank second in NCAA history in wins and winning percentage (.782) in the NCAA Tournament.

Nebraska improved to 25-2 all-time in second-round NCAA Tournament matches.
The Huskers moved to 77-7 (.917) all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament.

Nebraska improved to 22-2 in NCAA Tournament matches at the Devaney Center, including a 17-1 record since the program's permanent move to the arena in 2013.

NU won its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament match at home.

John Cook improved to 82-20 in his NCAA Tournament career. He ranks third in NCAA history in NCAA Tournament coaching victories.

John Cook improved to 74-15 in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska's head coach, moving into third place for the most postseason coaching victories at one school in NCAA history.
John Cook has led the Huskers to an NCAA Regional in 19 of his 20 seasons.

Nebraska has won 54 straight matches against unranked opponents dating back to 2017. 
Nebraska hit .000 with nine errors in set one, but hit .350 with only 10 errors over sets two, three and four.

Nebraska defeated Missouri 32-30 in the third set. That marked the longest set in the NCAA Tournament for the Huskers in the 25-point rally-scoring era.

Nebraska had seven services aces which tied the school record for most aces in a four-set NCAA Tournament match in the rally-scoring era. The Huskers also had seven aces against American in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and seven against Washington in 2015.

Jazz Sweet tied her career high with six blocks and had 17 kills, her most ever in an NCAA Tournament match and one shy of her career high overall.

Nicklin Hames and Madi Kubik each posted double-doubles for the Huskers. Hames posted her 16th double-double of the season, while Kubik notched her sixth double-double of the year.

Callie Schwarzenbach had eight blocks, one shy of her season high.




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Kearney, Neb. – In one of the greatest comebacks in Nebraska-Kearney Athletics history, the second-ranked Loper volleyball team rallied from a 20-11 deficit in the fourth set and a 9-4 hole in the fifth to beat third-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (19-25, -19, 24-26, -23, -13) and win the NCAA Central Regional title Saturday night in the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (36-0) reaches the Elite Eight for the sixth time in program history and for the first time since being national runner in 2005. This year's event will be at a familiar place, the Auraria Event Center on the campus of RMAC-member Metro State in Denver. Matches will be held December 12-14 with a committee reseeding the field after completion of all eight regional finals.

Not only was the comeback unlikely and improbable but the Lopers had to do it minus starting middle Michaela Bartels (Bennington) who suffered an injury in the first set and didn't return. Seniors Josie Cox (North Platte) and Mackenzie Puckett (Grand Island) stepped in and both made key plays in the win.

"It's one of those deals where I really don't know what to say. That just doesn't happen. We were not in a good situation. We fought a lot of adversity tonight, didn't play well early, let a set get away from us that was tough blow to deal with at the time and then dug a huge hole," UNK head coach Rick Squiers said. "It's the most improbable victory I've ever been a part of. This group of players deserves an unbelieve amount of respect for what they just did, as does Concordia for playing a great match." 

Concordia-St. Paul (27-8), nine-time national champions, scored the final four points to improbably win the third set, 26-24. The Golden Bears, now 71-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, shot out to leads of 11-4 and 20-11 in the fourth thanks to strong serving, good defense and a balanced offensive attack.

However, the Lopers didn't go quietly into the good night as senior outside Emma Benton (G.I. Central Catholic) served up four points to start comeback number one. This stretch cut the hole to 20-16 and featured a kill by senior outside Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs, Kan.), an ace and two unforced Golden Bear errors.

"I was thinking one point at a time. As a senior, if this is going to be my last match, might as well go out tough and make it hard on them," Jackson said. "I think everyone bought into the one point at time. We just started to make plays happen."

CU was still up 22-18 when Jackson recorded a solo block and the Bears called its second timeout. Junior right side Mary Katherine Wolfe (Omaha Marian) then stepped to the line and served up four straight points – a block and three Jackson kills – to give UNK its first lead. While CU tied things on a kill, another Jackson kill and unforced CU attack error suddenly had the match tied at two.

Region finalists for the 11th time in 12 years, CU hushed the crowed of 2,677 briefly as they grabbed leads of 3-0, 4-1, 6-3 and 9-4 in the fifth. Back-to-back kills by redshirt freshman outside Sami Mauch (North Platte) started comeback number two and forced CU to spend its first timeout at 9-6.

Concordia kept the lead a three, 11-8, on a kill by senior middle Sara Macek but Kearney closed on a 7-2 run. The points came via three kills, two blocks, and two unforced CU attack errors. They ended with 32 on the night, 16 of the unforced variety.

Fittingly, Jackson had a solo block to end the night and send the H&S Center into a frenzy. The Co-MIAA player of the Year had a career-high 22 kills, 12 coming over the final two sets, while also having 19 digs, five blocks (four solo) and two assists.

"We didn't do all that things differently. Sami coming in and scoring a bunch of points was a big factor," Squiers said. "We kinds of steadied things (serve receive in the fourth and fifth sets) just enough and then the Health & Sports Center kind of took over."

UNK out hit CU by a .211 to .179 margin and also managed five more team blocks, 16-11. Next the Lopers had 112 digs to 108 for the Bears with Concordia plus one in the serve game.

"That was a rough one. For them congrats. I think they did a job of continuing to play and then their seventh man, so to speak, kind of took over and really helped with their momentum a lot," CU head coach Brady Starkey said. "We just got stuck in a couple of rotations and got stuck there. Pretty frustrating … we had a big lead and should've put it away and we didn't."

Besides Jackson's heroics, Wolfe had 22 digs and 11 kills, Mauch had 14 kills and hit .297 with junior setter Madison Squiers (Kearney Catholic) at 50 assists, 26 digs, four blocks and three kills. Finally junior middle Anna Squiers came in with eight kills and five blocks.

Four CU players had a double digit kill total including 20 by junior outside Erin Fallert and 19 from freshman right side Jasmine Mulvihill. Finally junior libero Tori Hanson dug up 35 balls.
 
All-Tournament Team
#10  Erin Fallert, Jr., OH, Concordia
#7   Tori Hanson, Jr., L, Concordia
#8   Jasmine Mulvhill, Fr., RS, Concordia
#12  Sara Macek, Sr., MH, Concordia
 
#10  Julianne Jackson, Sr., OH, UNK
#7   Anna Squiers, Jr., MH, UNK
#6   Madison Squiers, Jr., S, UNK
#18 Mary Katherine Wolfe, Jr., RS, UNK
 
#7  Morgan Baufield, Jr., MH, Northern State
#14 Jaiden Langlie, Sr., L, Northern State

#4   Emily Balts, Sr., S, Minnesota Duluth
#12 Abby Thor, Sr., MB, Minnesota Duluth




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