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The McCook Community College volleyball team dropped all three of its matches over the weekend in Colorado, losing in four sets Thursday to Trinidad State, and dropping fifth-set tie-breakers Friday at La Junta against Otero and Saturday at Lamar.
MCC falls to 14-8 on the season and 0-4 in the south division of the Region IX conference.
On Tuesday the Lady Indians head back on the road in what should be another tough match at Sterling, Colo. against 15-4 Northeast Junior College. MCC steps out of conference Thursday to travel to Garden City Kansas to face the 0-22 Broncbusters. MCC beat Garden City CC on Sept. 11 in a three-set sweep. MCC winds up its six-game road streak in Cheyenne, Wyo. Oct. 9 to take on Laramie County Community College, a team MCC swept Sept. 22 in the Wyo-Braska tournament in Scottsbluff.
MCC will have the chance to even the slate against the Southern Colorado teams the next time the Lady Indians suit up in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center with a three-game home stand starting Oct. 11 against Trinidad State (7 p.m.), Oct. 12 against Otero Junior College (6 p.m.) and Oct. 13 aganst Lamar (3 p.m.)
SATURDAY, Lamar CC 3, MCC 2: The Lady Indians won the first and third sets but for the second second-straight day, lost a fifth-set tie-breaker. Lamar won 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 12-15.
FRIDAY, Otero JC 3, MCC 2: The Lady Indians were a point from going up 2-0 Friday night against 19th-ranked Otero Junior College but ended up losing the second set and dropping a five-set match.
Otero won 20-25, 28-26, 25-13, 21-25, 15-11. MCC also got down 16-10 in the fourth set but rallied back to even the match a 2-2. In the fifth-set tie-breaker, again the Rattlers came out and went up 7-1 and 10-3 before the Lady Indians battled back to 11-9 and 12-10 but Otero closed out the game.
Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 20 kills and Ryan Maddera (Greeley, Colo.) had 11. Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah) led MCC with digs.
THURSDAY, Trinidad State 3, MCC 1: MCC dropped a tight, four-set match 25-22, 27-29, 23-25, 25-27. Maddera had 19 kills, and Simpson 16. Evans had 25 digs.
LA JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College volleyball team was a point from going up 2-0 Friday night against 19th-ranked Otero Junior College but ended up losing the second set and dropping a five-set match.
Otero won 20-25, 28-26, 25-13, 21-25, 15-11.
MCC also got down 16-10 in the fourth set but rallied back to even the match a 2-2.
In the fifth-set tie-breaker, again the Rattlers came out and went up 7-1 and 10-3 before the Lady Indians closed to 11-9and 12-10 but Otero closed out the game.
MCC falls to 14-7 on the year.
The three-game southern-Colorado trip continues Saturday at Lamar followed up with three more road games next week before returning home Oct. 11 against Trinidad.
The McCook Community College golfers lost traction Friday in the final round of the Region IX tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Course while Eastern Wyoming improved their scores enough in cold conditions to win by four strokes, 634-638.
“The weather was bad and we played bad,” MCC Coach Tyler Loop said. “We need to learn how to finish rounds and tournaments.”
MCC entered the day with a nine-stroke lead but were out-shot Friday by the Lancers 315-328.
“They tried hard but mentally we have some work to do,” Loop said.
Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.) shot a 76 on the day to finish with a 153 which was good for second place. Eastern Wyoming’s George Elliott was one stroke better to finish in first, thanks to a Friday round of 74.
Sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England), and freshman KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) both finished with two-day totals of 161, which was tied for fourth place.
Freshmen Chesney Tatman (North Platte) finished with a 165 and freshman Gabe Vielma (McCook) had a two-day total of 171.
MCC golfers competing as individuals were sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) who had a 175, Trevor Oberg (McCook) who also shot a 175 and sophomore Brady Wonderly (Benkelman) who finished with a 177.
The Indians are on the road Thursday and Friday at La Junta, Colo. for the Otero Junior College tournament.
Eastern Wyoming 319-315 -- 634
McCook CC 310-328 -- 638
Northeastern JC 333-339 -- 672
Central Wyoming 347-336 -- 693
Otero JC 347-358 -- 705
Lamar CC 397-405 -- 802
2. Cameron Lampe77-76 - 153
4. (tie) Ronnie Quick 77-84 - 161
4. (tie) KC Carlson79-82 - 161
Chesney Tatman 79-86 - 165
Gabe Vielma77-94 - 171
Graham Gaspard84-91 - 175 *
Trevor Oberg85-90 - 175 *
Brady Wonderly90-87 - 177 *
*- played as an individuals
Eustis, NE - In a game that was controlled by Eustis-Farnam from the start, the Maywood-Hayes Center Wolves couldn't compete in a tough loss suffered 72-6. The Knights would score ten unanswered points before the Wolves would get their only Touchdown in the game.
Eustis-Farnam 72 Maywood-Hayes Center 6
1st Q - 9:00 - 2yd TD run by Christian Timm - Two Point Conversion Good - 8-0 EF
1st Q - 8:16 - Eustis-Farnam gets a Safety on Maywood-Hayes Center - 10-0 EF
1st Q - 8:06 - 57yd TD run by Christian Timm - PAT Good - 17-0 EF
1st Q - 7:49 - Maywood-Hayes Center Fumbles in End Zone, Eustis-Farnam gets Safety - 19-0 EF
1st Q - 7:26 - 18yd TD run by Christian Timm - Two Point Conversion Good - 27-0 EF
1st Q - 6:31 - 21yd TD run by Christian Timm - Two Point Conversion Good - 35-0 EF
1st Q - 5:28 - 17yd TD pass from Tanner Fangmeyer to Nate Hodge PAT Fails - 41-0 EF
1st Q - 2:38 - 52yd TD run from Christian Timm - PAT Fails - 47-0 EF
2nd Q - 2:38 - 47yd TD run Chrisitan Timm - PAT No good - 53-0 EF
3rd Q - 6:34 - 1yd TD run Colby Fasse - PAT Fails - 59-0 EF
3rd Q - 33.1 - 24yd TD run Ethan Broker - Two Point Conversion Fails - 59-6 EF
4th Q - 5:28 - 1yd TD run Colby Fasse - PAT Good - 66-6 EF
4th Q - 1:37 - 20yd TD run Colby Fasse - PAT No good - 72-6
Benkelman, NE - The Arapahoe Warriors hit the road to Dundy County-Stratton on Thursday night in a contest that featured two 3-1 teams and a district matchup. The Warriors would strike first in the ballgame, before the rushing attack from Dundy County-Stratton would end up taking over. Lead by Sophmore running back Serbando Diaz finished the game with 333yds rushing and also Freshman Quarter Back Quade Myers finished with 239yds rushing, in route to a 72-44 victory for Dundy County-Stratton. Next action for 3-2 Arapahoe will be hosting Southwest on Friday, October 5th. Next action for 4-1 DCS will be on Thursday, October 4th at Hitchcock County.
Dundy County-Stratton 72, Arapahoe 44
1st Q - 11:11 - 6yd TD pass Gentry Anderson to Carson Schroeder - Two Point Conversion Good - 8-0 Arapahoe
1st Q - 7:32 - 5yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Fails - 8-6 Arapahoe
1st Q - 5:57 - 1yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - 16-6 Arapahoe
1st Q - 3:56 - 1yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Fails - 16-12 Arapahoe
2nd Q - 11:52 - 42yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Fails - 16-18 DCS
2nd Q - 6:15 - 1yd TD run by Quade Myers - Two Point Conversion Good - 26-16 DCS
2nd Q - 3:18 - 6yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - 26-22 DCS
2nd Q - 35.3 - 22yd TD run by Quade Myers - Two Point Conversion Fails - 32-22 DCS
3rd Q - 9:35 - 3yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - 32-30 DCS
3rd Q - 9:24 - 65yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Fails - 38-30 DCS
3rd Q - 4:04 - 1yd TD run by Quade Myers - Two Point Conversion Good - 46-30 DCS
3rd Q - 3:07 - 26yd TD run by Quade Myers - Two Point Conversion Fails - 52-30 DCS
3rd Q - 45.2 - 3yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - 52-36 DCS
4th Q - 9:36 - 7yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Fails - 58-36 DCS
4th Q - 5:05 - 53yd TD run by Quade Myers - Two Point Conversion Fails - 64-36 DCS
4th Q - 1:41 - 2yd TD run by Nolan Meyers - Two Point Conversion Good - 64-44 DCS
4th Q - 21.5 - 30yd TD run by Bobby Schneider - Two Point Conversion Good - 72-44 DCS
TRINIDAD – The McCook Community College volleyball team dropped a tight, four-set match to Otero Thursday 25-22, 27-29, 23-25, 25-27.
MCC falls to 14-6 on the year Trinidad improves to 10-9.
The three-game southern-Colorado trip continues Friday with MCC traveling on to La Junta to face Otero. The Rattlers were 16-1 and ranked 19th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association rankings.
On Saturday MCC goes to Lamar to take on Lamar Community College.
The McCook Community College golf team came out on the home course Thursday and finished the day at Heritage Hills Golf Course nine strokes in the lead with three MCC players in a three-way tie for first place.
“Even on a nice day Heritage Hills is a very tough course that doesn't give any breaks mentally.” MCC Coach Tyler Loop said. “We grinded out some good scores today,” Loop said.
A pair of MCC sophomores and a freshman finished the day in a first-place tie for the lead with 77s. The trio included upperclassmen Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.), Sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England), and McCook High School graduate and first-year MCC golfer Gabe Vielma (McCook).
“Tomorrow's forecast is for chilly weather and we still need to play well to win,” Loop said.
Two more Indian freshmen are two shots back with scores of 79 and are tied for fifth place. They include Chesney Tatman (North Platte) and KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.)
MCC’s team score of 310 was nine shots better than second-place Eastern Wyoming. Northeastern Junior College is in third with 333 shots. Otero and Central Wyoming are 37 shots back of the Indians.
Three MCC players competed Thursday as individuals. Sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) had an 84, freshman Trevor Oberg (McCook) shot an 85 and sophomore Brady Wonderly (Benkelman) shot a 90.
The two-day tournament continues Friday at the Heritage Hills Golf Course.
McCook CC 310
Eastern Wyoming 319
Northeastern JC 333
Otero JC 347
Central Wyoming 347
Lamar CC 397
1. (tie) Cameron Lampe 77
1. (tie) Ronnie Quick 77
1. (tie) Gabe Vielma 77
5. (tie) Chesney Tatman 79
5. (tie) KC Carlson79
Graham Gaspard84 *
Trevor Oberg85 *
Brady Wonderly90 *
*- played as an individuals
The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will leave the state of Nebraska for the first time this season when it heads to Illinois for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Huskers will begin the road trip at Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. in a match that will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription. For the second straight year, Nebraska will play Northwestern at Evanston Township High School, as the Wildcats’ permanent home of Welsh-Ryan Arena is under renovation. The Huskers will then make a quick turnaround and play No. 7 Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Huff Hall in Champaign. That match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at BTN2GO.com.
The Husker matches will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided for both matches at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
About the Huskers
• Nebraska enters the week at 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Huskers have won 11 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Florida. Dating back to last season, Nebraska has won 30 of its last 31 matches.
• Nebraska and Illinois are tied for the longest road win streaks in the nation at eight entering the week.
• Nebraska has won 16 straight Big Ten matches dating back to last season. It’s the second-longest current win streak in the nation of any power five conference team (Texas, 20). The next closest Big Ten team is Wisconsin with three straight conference wins.
• Should Illinois defeat Iowa on Friday night, the Huskers will be looking to knock off one of the lone remaining unbeaten teams in the nation on Saturday for the second straight week. Last Friday, Nebraska ended Michigan’s perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win, leaving BYU, Illinois and Pittsburgh as the only undefeated teams left in NCAA Division I.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .106. The next closest team is Notre Dame at .130.
• Nebraska’s 2.80 blocks per set ranks 14th nationally.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten and 15th nationally with 1.79 aces per set.
• Senior captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.67 kills per set and adds 2.37 digs per set and 19 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is hitting a career-best .337 and is the only active player in NCAA Division I with at least 1,000 career kills, 200 career blocks, 500 career digs and 100 career aces.
• Fellow senior captain Kenzie Maloney is averaging 3.98 digs per set to lead the Husker defense.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth in the nation with 1.60 blocks per set. Schwarzenbach had 13 blocks in a 3-1 win over New Mexico on Sept. 14, the most in the NCAA in a four-set match this season.
• Since debuting for the Huskers on Sept. 14, Lexi Sun has put up 3.40 kills per set and 2.27 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has seven double-doubles through 12 matches and is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set.
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.60 kills per set on .295 hitting.
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (542-70); 26th year overall (703-143)
• Shane Davis, Northwestern: 3rd year at Northwestern (34-44); 15th year overall (299-132)
• Chris Tamas, Illinois: 2nd year at Illinois (36-11)
• Nebraska is 12-1 all-time against Northwestern and 8-1 in the Big Ten era. After dropping the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes in 2011, Nebraska has won eight straight in the series, the last five coming in sweeps. NU swept Northwestern in Evanston last season, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21.
• Nebraska is 24-7-1 all-time against Illinois. The Huskers have won five straight against Illinois, including four sweeps in that span. NU is 9-2 against Illinois since joining the Big Ten and is 4-1 in matches in Champaign. Illinois’ last win against the Huskers was Nov. 26, 2014, 3-2 in Champaign. The Huskers won 3-1 last year in Lincoln in a homecoming for former NU assistant coach and current Illini head coach Chris Tamas.
• Northwestern is 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten after road losses to Indiana (3-1) and No. 16 Purdue (3-1) last weekend. Northwestern will be playing its first home match of the season on Friday night, though the Wildcats did go 3-0 in the Chicago Cup two weeks ago, beating UIC, DePaul and Loyola-Chicago.
• Nia Robinson leads the Wildcats with 4.14 kills per set, which ranks fourth among all Big Ten players. Abryanna Cannon adds 3.80 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set, but she has been out with an injury since Sept. 8. Ella Grbac, daughter of former NFL quarterback Elvis Grbac, chips in 2.91 kills per set.
• Setter Britt Bommer is putting up 8.13 assists per set, and Michelle Lee is averaging 3.49 digs per set.
• No. 7 Illinois is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the nation at 13-0 (2-0 Big Ten). The Fighting Illini came back from down 0-2 to beat Indiana on the road last Sunday. Illinois has wins over currently ranked teams in Purdue, Creighton, Washington and Colorado this season.
• All-American setter Jordyn Poulter leads the team with 11.48 assists per set, which leads the Big Ten.
• Illinois ranks first in the Big Ten in aces per set (1.90) and is second in hitting percentage (.293) and assists per set (13.40). The Fighting Illini rank in the top 15 nationally in all three categories.
• Jacqueline Quade leads the attack with 4.06 kills per set, fifth-most in the Big Ten. Megan Cooney adds 3.27 kills per set. All-American middle blocker Ali Bastianelli ranks third in the conference in blocks with 1.54 per set and is hitting .393 on the season.
Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for the first of two times this season.
• Foecke ranks 10th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,328, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 108 career aces are tied for fourth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 3.98 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,041 career digs, ninth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills per set on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is fourth on the team with 11 aces.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is third on the team in kills per set at 2.60 and is hitting .295. Sweet also has 36 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.
Sun Makes Husker Debut
• Nebraska added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.40 kills and 2.27 digs per set.
Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• Setter Nicklin Hames has started every match and has seven double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set. Her 20 service aces lead the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.60 per set. Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally with her 1.60 blocks per set.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 10 matches and is providing 1.34 digs per set, as well as six aces from the service line.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in seven matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.
Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in six matches, recording six assists and one ace.
Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.
Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 245 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.
Huskers Ranked No. 3 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 476 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 531 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
Cook Adds to Legacy; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 703 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 .886 win percentage in that time (542-70).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.
Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches. with her 1.60 blocks per set.
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters met with the media and talked about moving forward after a slow start and looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Purdue.
“The guys came back and put that one behind us,” Walters said. “We’re kind of in reset mode. The first three weeks, there are what they are. We have to look ahead, look forward. The guys have had three good practices.”
Walters talked about setting the tone and example for the team as coaches.
“Up until this year, we haven’t experienced a loss in a long time,” Walters said. “It was new for us. But we know we have to set the example. We have to be the standard. If players see us panicking and losing faith and belief in the system and in this program, then they are going to do the same thing. We understand it’s a long season. We’re not giving up on this season, we feel like we can accomplish everything we want to accomplish. The goals are still out there. It’s day-by-day. We’ve got to take it day-by-day, get better as coaches, get better as players, get better as trainers each day and if we do that, then we put ourselves at a good chance to win on Saturday.”
Walters mentioned Purdue’s defense and the game plan going into Nebraska’s conference home opener.
“They play with passion,” Walters said. “They fly around. Upfront, they’re big, they’re stout. They do a lot of movement up front. That’s going to be a challenge. Linebackers are downhill players. (Junior linebacker Markus Bailey) is kind of a hybrid. He plays out of the box and into the box, very athletic. Secondary wise, they bend, but don’t break. They want to keep everything in front of them and are good tacklers. They’re a solid defense. We have to make sure we go out there and can’t turn the ball over. You can’t have penalties. I think if we do that, then we have a chance at being successful.”
Walters also discussed the improvements from the receiver unit, mentioning how they are evaluated each week before going into a game.
“I thought (junior receiver Jaron) Woodyard did a good job,” Walters said. “He had a couple releases on their guys and ran a post route. He was open, we just didn’t have time. Tyjon (Lindsey), he’s growing and learning. It was good for him to get out there against that type of competition. Kade Warner has done a good job. Bryan Reimers has done well in practice. We’re just going to find out who that guy is. Nothing is set in stone. I told them at the beginning of the week, ‘I know what Stanley (Morgan Jr.) can do. I know what JD (Spielman) can do. Every other position at receiver is open. We’re grading every rep, and I’m posting it on the receiver door so that those guys know their pluses, their minuses, their grades each day. We’re going to play according to those grades.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning. Nebraska faces off against Purdue this Saturday, Sept. 29 in Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.