July 23, 2014

Cook says road for volleyball team doesn’t get easier (AUDIO)

The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team opens the 2012 Big Ten Conference season with a tough road test with the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions, Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. CT.

Nebraska leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 12-7. The two teams met twice in 2011, the first marking the Huskers’ inaugural match in the Big Ten Conference on Sept. 21. Nebraska won the match 3-2 in front of another sellout crowd at the Coliseum. The Huskers then traveled to University Park, Pa., for another showdown with PSU where the Nittany Lions beat Nebraska 3-1.

Nebraska senior Lauren Cook and freshman Meghan Haggerty have both been honored by the Big Ten Conference with weekly Big Ten Awards. Cook was named the Big Ten Co-Player and Setter of the Week, while Haggerty has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

AUDIO John Cook’s press conference (10:00)

Scouting the Penn State Nittany Lions

• Penn State is 10-1 on the season, most recently finishing 3-0 in the Penn State Classic with 3-0 sweeps over Portland, Duquesne and Eastern Illinois.

• Junior Katie Slay was named the Penn State Classic MVP, while freshman Megan Courtney and sophomore Lacey Fuller earned spots on the all-tournament team.

• Ariel Scott, Slay and Courtney each posted nine kills with Slay leading the Lions with a .692 hitting percentage against the Eastern Illinois Lions. Micha Hancock paced the offense with 36 assists and a team-high three blocks.

• Against Duquesne, Slay led the team with 12 kills and .579 hitting percentage. Courtney and junior Deja McClendon followed with eight kills apiece, while Hancock had nine digs and 36 assists.

• McClendon guided Penn State with 15 kills on a .609 hitting percentage against Portland. Scott posted 11 kills on .556 hitting, while Hancock dished out 37 digs and tallied five blocks.

• PSU’s only loss of the season was five-set contest against Oregon State on Sept. 8.

• Scott leads the Nittany Lion offense on the season with 138 total kills, including 3.73 kills per set. McClendon follows her with 114 total kills and 3.17 kills per set. Hancock has paced the PSU offense all season, notching 409 total assists and 11.05 per set.

• Dominique Gonzalez leads the PSU defense with 115 total digs, including 3.11 digs per set. Slay leads all blockers with 49 total digs on the season, while Scott has 34 and Nia Grant has notched 31.

• Penn State holds an average hitting percentage of .316 on the season, while holding opponents to a .124 hitting percentage.