• The Nebraska volleyball group will look to rebound from its first lack of the season because it heads to No. 13 Kentucky on Sunday for a 2 p.m. (CT) match.
• Saturday’s match will probably be televised nationally on ESPN2 and might be streamed at WatchESPN.com.
• The Huskers Radio Community will broadcast all of the motion on their radio associates, together with 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A stay audio stream will probably be supplied at Huskers.com and the Huskers app. John Baylor is in his twenty ninth season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook dinner) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will present shade commentary.
NOTING THE HUSKERS
• The Huskers gained seven matches in a row to begin the season earlier than falling to No. 9 Stanford at residence on Tuesday, 3-1. The 2 groups mixed for 37 service errors, probably the most mixed service errors by the Huskers and their opponent within the rally-scoring period (2001-present).
• The Huskers are hitting .260 as a group and are holding their opponents to .125 hitting, which ranks sixth nationally.
• Nebraska ranks sixteenth nationally in kills per set at 14.04.
• Outdoors hitter Whitney Lauenstein is averaging a team-high 3.59 kills per set with a team-leading .319 hitting share to go along with 1.04 blocks per set. Lauenstein had a career-high 25 kills on .385 hitting in a win at No. 17 Creighton on Sept. 7. It was probably the most kills by a Husker in a match since Mikaela Foecke had 27 kills within the NCAA Championship match in opposition to Stanford in 2018.
• Outdoors hitter Madi Kubik is averaging 3.41 kills per set and a pair of.37 digs per set. Kubik surpassed 1,000 profession kills on Sept. 10 in opposition to Lengthy Seaside State, changing into the twenty fourth Husker all-time to succeed in that mark.
• Center blocker Kaitlyn Hord is averaging 1.41 kills and a team-best 1.52 blocks per set, which ranks twelfth nationally. Hord ranks among the many NCAA energetic profession leaders in three classes. Coming into the week, the Penn State grad switch ranks No. 2 amongst energetic NCAA Division I gamers in profession blocks (558), blocks per set (1.32) and is No. 3 in profession hitting share (.405).
• Lindsay Krause had a career-high 16 kills within the victory over Creighton on Sept. 7 and averages 2.25 kills per set for the Massive Purple.
• Senior Nicklin Hames has been the main setter for the Husker assault since switching to a 6-2 system on Sept. 1. Hames has averaged 6.59 assists per set within the final 5 matches to go along with 2.88 digs per set this season. Hames is one ace away from becoming a member of Allison Weston at No. 10 on the all-time profession aces chart at Nebraska. Hames ranks fourth at school historical past in profession digs, now with 1,437. She is No. 2 in NU historical past in profession assists with 4,749, trailing solely Fiona Nepo’s 4,824 (1995-98).
• Sophomore libero Lexi Rodriguez is averaging a team-best 4.00 digs per set and leads the Huskers with six service aces. Rodriguez is the reigning AVCA Nationwide Freshman of the Yr and Massive Ten Defensive Participant of the Yr.
• Kentucky is 5-3 on the season after a 3-2 loss to No. 3 Louisville on Wednesday in Lexington. Kentucky gained units one and 4 earlier than finally falling within the fifth, 15-11.
• Kentucky’s different two losses are at residence to No. 4 Wisconsin (3-0) and No. 19 Marquette (3-2).
• Reverse hitter Reagan Rutherford leads the Wildcats with 3.72 kills per set and is hitting .352.
• Adanna Rollins averages 3.52 kills per set. The previous Minnesota and Penn State participant is hitting .291.
• Setter Emma Grome paces the Wildcats with 11.31 assists per set, the third-highest whole within the nation. Kentucky is hitting .326 this season, the second-best mark within the nation. Kentucky’s 14.76 kills per set additionally rank second nationally.
• Kentucky’s opponents are hitting .209 on the season.
• Nebraska is 9-2 all-time in opposition to Kentucky and has gained eight matches in a row. The final time Kentucky beat Nebraska was Oct. 7, 1983.
• The groups final met on Dec. 7, 2018 in an NCAA Regional Semifinal in Minneapolis, Minn. The Huskers gained 3-0 on their strategy to ending as runner-up on the NCAA Championship.
• John Cook dinner is 4-0 as head coach of Nebraska dealing with Kentucky and Craig Skinner, who was an assistant coach underneath Cook dinner at Nebraska 2000-04.
HUSKERS RANKED NO. 2 IN AVCA POLL
• Nebraska is ranked No. 2 within the AVCA Coaches Ballot this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 within the preseason ballot, the primary time since 2016 the Huskers began a yr atop the ballot. Nebraska has been ranked No. 1 in 101 all-time polls, probably the most in NCAA historical past.
• The Huskers have been ranked within the prime 10 a complete of 519 instances, which can be probably the most in NCAA historical past.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 575 AVCA Coaches Polls it has been eligible for because it was established in 1982. Nebraska is the one program to be ranked in each eligible ballot all-time.
KNUCKLES, KUBIK, RODRIGUEZ NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS
• The three group captains for the Nebraska volleyball program in 2022 are senior defensive specialist Kenzie Knuckles, exterior hitter Madi Kubik and sophomore libero Lexi Rodriguez.
• After two years as NU’s libero, Knuckles moved right into a defensive specialist position final season and was named a group captain for the primary time. She averaged 2.06 digs with 0.29 aces per set. Knuckles completed with a double-digit dig efficiency seven instances and ranked tenth in Massive Ten play for aces per set (0.31). Knuckles additionally contributed 52 kills as an attacker out of the again row.
• Kubik was an AVCA third-team All-American in 2021, and he or she acquired first-team AVCA North All-Area and first-team All-Massive Ten honors. She averaged a team-leading 3.49 kills per set to go along with 2.11 digs whereas including 21 aces and 55 blocks. Kubik ranked third in Massive Ten play in kills per set with 4.11.
• Rodriguez was acknowledged because the Nationwide Freshman of the Yr, a first-team AVCA All-American, North Area Freshman of the Yr and first-team North All-Area by the AVCA in 2021. She was named the Massive Ten Defensive Participant of the Yr and was a first-team All-Massive Ten and Massive Ten All-Freshman Workforce choice.
AVCA HALL OF FAMER JOHN COOK IN 23RD SEASON AT NEBRASKA
• Nebraska head coach John Cook dinner is in his twenty third season because the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2022. He has led the Huskers to 4 nationwide championships, 10 ultimate fours, 12 convention championships and 20 top-10 ultimate rankings since 2000.
• Cook dinner has 798 profession wins and is likely one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA historical past. Since taking on this system in 2000, Cook dinner has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .874 win share (637-92).
• Underneath Cook dinner, the Huskers have achieved 57 AVCA All-People and 19 CoSIDA Tutorial All-People, each among the many finest within the nation. He’s a two-time AVCA Nationwide Coach of the Yr, incomes the celebrated honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time convention coach of the yr, together with Massive Ten Coach of the Yr in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Massive Ten honors with the Huskers of their Massive Ten period (2011-present).
• Cook dinner is considered one of solely three energetic coaches – and considered one of six all-time – to be a two-time AVCA Nationwide Coach of the Yr and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Nice Coach Award.
• Cook dinner was inducted into the AVCA Corridor of Fame in 2017, becoming a member of former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit within the corridor.
REYES STEPS INTO LEAD ASSISTANT ROLE
• Final December, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jaylen Reyes moved into the Huskers’ lead assistant position following the departure of affiliate head coach Tyler Hildebrand, who was named the brand new head girls’s volleyball coach at Lengthy Seaside State.
• Reyes joined the Husker employees in March 2018. Because the Huskers’ recruiting coordinator, he has helped NU land the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2021 and the No. 2 class for 2022, based on PrepVolleyball.com.
• Reyes coaches the Husker liberos and protection whereas serving to coordinate recreation plans and scouting reviews and aiding with different positions.
• In 2021, Nebraska boasted an elite protection and held opposing groups to simply .148 hitting for the yr. A former libero at BYU, Reyes led Nebraska’s again row protection to unprecedented heights within the 2021 season. Led by AVCA first-team All-American and Massive Ten Defensive Participant of the Yr Lexi Rodriguez, the Husker protection propelled the younger squad all the best way to the NCAA Championship match. Rodriguez set a Nebraska freshman document for digs in a season (524), and as a group the Huskers averaged 16.98 digs per set, the third-highest whole at school historical past.
HUNTER EARNS FULL-TIME ASSISTANT POSITION AT ALMA MATER
• Final December, volunteer assistant coach Kelly Hunter was promoted to a full-time assistant position for the Huskers starting in 2022.
• Following her skilled enjoying profession abroad, Hunter joined the Husker employees two years in the past. She has served in a number of roles as a volunteer assistant (2020-21), interim assistant coach (January-August 2020) and graduate assistant (2019). She fulfilled her stint as an interim assistant coach in 2020 whereas former affiliate head coach Tyler Hildebrand ready for the 2020 Olympic Video games previous to his arrival in Lincoln.
• Hunter set the Huskers to nationwide championships in 2015 and 2017 and was a two-time All-American. She was additionally the 2017 Massive Ten Setter of the Yr and a two-time All-Massive Ten choice. The three-year Husker captain acquired quite a few honors from volleyball publications, together with Nationwide Participant of the Yr and All-America first-team honors from PrepVolleyball.com. Hunter was additionally named co-Most Excellent Participant of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke after the Huskers beat Florida within the nationwide title match in 2017.
CLOSING IN ON 300 CONSECUTIVE REGULAR-SEASON SELLOUTS
• All season and single-game tickets for the 2022 Nebraska volleyball season have been offered. The Huskers entered the season with 286 consecutive regular-season sellouts and – barring any cancellations – will rejoice their three hundredth consecutive regular-season sellout on Nov. 11 in opposition to Iowa.
• Nebraska’s sellout streak is an NCAA girls’s document. The Huskers have led the nation in attendance each season since transferring into the Bob Devaney Sports activities Heart in 2013.
• Nebraska set a brand new college document for attendance – 8,632 – in opposition to No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 18, 2019.
• A brand new NCAA attendance document was set on the 2021 NCAA Championship with 18,755 followers turning out to observe Wisconsin and Nebraska battle for the nationwide title at Nationwide Area in Columbus, Ohio final December.
• The highest eight crowds in NCAA Volleyball historical past are all matches which have concerned the Huskers.
• When Nebraska performed at Creighton on Sept. 7 on the CHI Well being Heart, a regular-season NCAA document crowd of 15,797 turned out to observe the Huskers defeat the Bluejays, 3-2. It shattered the earlier regular-season document of 14,022 (set by Nebraska and Creighton in 2018).
• The 13 largest NCAA volleyball regular-season crowds have all been set at matches Nebraska performed in.
OMAHA TO HOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THIRD TIME IN EIGHT YEARS
• The NCAA Championship returns to Omaha in 2022 for the third time within the final eight years and the fifth time total. The College of Nebraska and the Metropolitan Leisure & Conference Authority (MECA) will host the NCAA Championship on the CHI Well being Heart on Dec. 15-17.
• Omaha has served as probably the most frequent host of the NCAA Championship within the 41-year historical past of the event. Omaha has hosted the occasion 4 instances: 2006, 2008, 2015 and 2020.
• Omaha hosted your entire 48-team NCAA Event in April 2021 after the 2020 season was delayed till the spring due to COVID-19. Kentucky beat Texas, 3-1, to win its first NCAA title that season.
• The Huskers gained NCAA titles in Omaha in each 2006 (vs. Stanford) and 2015 (vs. Texas), and the Massive Purple reached the ultimate 4 in 2008 earlier than dropping a five-set thriller to Penn State within the semifinals.
• 4 of the highest 11 crowds in NCAA historical past have occurred on the NCAA Semifinals and Finals performed on the CHI Well being Heart in Omaha.
• Future NCAA Volleyball Championship websites embrace Tampa (2023), Louisville (2024) and Kansas Metropolis (2025).
HORD HEADLINES TALENTED GROUP OF NEW HUSKERS
• Nebraska has 5 new gamers on its roster this season: Penn State graduate switch Kaitlyn Hord (Lexington, Ky.), freshman center blocker Bekka Allick (Lincoln, Neb.), freshman defensive specialist Maisie Boesiger (Firth, Neb.), freshman exterior hitter Hayden Kubik (West Des Moines, Iowa) and freshman center blocker Maggie Mendelson (Ogden, Utah). The Huskers’ signing class was the No. 2-ranked class by PrepVolleyball.
• The 6-4 Hord was named to the AVCA All-America Second Workforce and was a first-team All-Massive Ten alternative for the third straight season final yr at Penn State. She averaged a career-best 2.92 kills per set whereas hitting .394. Hord recorded 1.40 blocks per set, which ranked third within the Massive Ten and seventh nationally.
NINETEEN TV APPEARANCES FOR THE BIG RED IN 2022
• Nebraska performs on TV 19 instances this season, together with 14 nationwide TV broadcasts.
• The Huskers seem on the Massive Ten Community 12 instances in the course of the common season, and Nebraska performs at Creighton on FS1 on Sept. 7 and at Kentucky on ESPNU on Sept. 18.
• Along with the 14 nationwide TV broadcasts, Nebraska Public Media is televising 5 matches: Tulsa (Aug. 26), Loyola Marymount (Sept. 1), Ohio State (Sept. 24), Northwestern (Oct. 16) and Iowa (Nov. 11).
• The ten matches that aren’t on TV might be streamed with a B1G+ subscription. Each match all through the season airs on the Huskers Radio Community and might be heard on Huskers.com and the Huskers app.
THREE HUSKERS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
• Three members of the Nebraska volleyball group have been named to the Preseason All-Massive Ten Workforce. Kaitlyn Hord, Madi Kubik and Lexi Rodriguez have been all voted to the 15-player preseason group by the convention’s head coaches. All three have been All-Massive Ten First Workforce alternatives final yr. Kubik was the one participant within the Massive Ten unanimously chosen to the preseason all-conference group.
• Kubik was an AVCA third-team All-American in 2021, and he or she acquired first-team AVCA All-North Area and first-team All-Massive Ten honors. She averaged a team-leading 3.49 kills per set to go along with 2.11 digs whereas including 21 aces and 55 blocks. Kubik ranked third in Massive Ten play in kills per set with 4.11.
• Rodriguez was acknowledged because the AVCA Nationwide Freshman of the Yr, a first-team All-American, North Area Freshman of the Yr and first-team All-North Area in 2021. She was named the Massive Ten Defensive Participant of the Yr and was a first-team All-Massive Ten and Massive Ten All-Freshman Workforce choice.
• Hord, a switch from Penn State, was named to the AVCA All-America Second Workforce and was a first-team All-Massive Ten alternative for the third straight season final yr. She averaged a career-best 2.92 kills per set whereas hitting .394. Hord recorded 1.40 blocks per set, which ranked third within the Massive Ten and seventh nationally.
• The Huskers have been picked second within the Massive Ten preseason ballot behind defending nationwide champion Wisconsin. Minnesota was third, adopted by Ohio State and Penn State.
MENDELSON, U.S. U19 TEAM WIN GOLD AT PAN AMERICAN CUP
• Nebraska freshman center blocker Maggie Mendelson and the U.S. Women’ U19 Nationwide Workforce gained the gold medal on the Pan American Cup in Tulsa, Okla., in late July. The U.S. group went 5-0 on the event with out dropping a set.
• Mendelson, the group captain, had six kills, two blocks and two ace serves within the USA’s 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 sweep of Brazil within the championship match.
ALLICK, RODRIGUEZ CLAIM GOLD AT PAN AMERICAN CUP
• The U.S. Girls’s U21 Nationwide Workforce – with Nebraska freshman center blocker Bekka Allick and sophomore libero Lexi Rodriguez – defeated Argentina 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-14) in June to win the Pan American Cup at La Paz Area in Baja California Sur.
• It’s the second time the U.S. has gained the title. The final time was in 2017. Each the U.S. Girls (5-0) and Argentina (4-2) certified for the 2023 FIVB U21 World Championship.
• Allick added 14 factors on 12 kills and two blocks. Rodriguez, the libero and group captain, was credited with 24 digs and 12 glorious receptions.