October 21, 2014

Huskers begin to get ready to host Rutgers

Nebraska returns to Lincoln for the first time in four weeks on Saturday, as the Huskers play host to Big Ten newcomer Rutgers at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the game televised by ESPN2.

The Huskers enter the game with a 6-1 overall reocrd and a 2-1 Big Ten Conference record after a 38-17 victory at Northwestern last Saturday. The Huskers were dominant in the second half, erasing a 17-14 halftime deficit and holding the Wildcats to just 28 yards after intermission. The win made the Huskers bowl eligible, ensuring a postseason berth for the seventh straight season.

The win at Northwestern helped Nebraska move up three spots in both major polls, as the Huskers now check in at No. 16 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. At 2-1 in Big Ten play, the Huskers are tied for second in the Big Ten West with Iowa, a game behind division leader Minnesota, who sits at 3-0 in conference play.

Rutgers comes to Lincoln with a 5-2 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 56-17 decision at Ohio State last Saturday in their Big Ten Conference road opener. Rutgers features a potent passing attack that averages better than 250 yards per game through the air.

Rutgers is making its first ever trip to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and the game will mark just the second meeting between the two programs.

Creighton’s Herbers named Big East offensive player of the week

Creighton men’s soccer sophomore Fabian Herbers earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.

Herbers scored both of Creighton’s goals last week during a two-game BIG EAST road trip. He converted a long free kick from the left sideline to stun St. John’s just inside the final minute of regulation to give the Bluejays a 1-0 victory. On Saturday, Herbers connected on another free kick from just outside the top of the box in the 82nd minute to forge a 1-1 tie at Xavier.

With his pair of scores last week Herbers now leads the BIG EAST with four game-winning goals and is tied for most points in the conference at 20. He has scored the lone goal in three of the Jays’ last four matches and leads the team with eight goals.

The conference laurel is the first of the year and second all-time for Herbers. He claimed BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors last season on Sept. 23.

It marks the second straight week that a Bluejay has been named Offensive Player of the Week by the conference. Junior Timo Pitter earned the honor last week. The Jays’ weekly conference award total now stands at six this year. Last season Creighton also totaled a half dozen Player of the Week honors from the conference.

The Bluejays return to Omaha to entertain No. 3 Georgetown this Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Morrison Stadium. A free live video stream of the game will be available via the BIG EAST Digital Network with play-by-play from Matt Kelly and analysis from Peter Henning.

Bluejays Browning named Big East volleyball defensive player of the week

Creighton senior Kelli Browning has been named BIG EAST Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday afternoon.

This is the second time in three weeks that Browning has earned the award, having also won it on October 6.

A Waukesha, Wis., native, Browning averaged 2.33 blocks, 2.33 kills and 0.67 digs per set in a pair of 3-0 victories last weekend. Creighton held St. John’s and Providence to a combined total of 49 kills on .011 hitting in six sets that saw the Jays outscore their league rivals 150-90.

On Friday, Browning had seven blocks, seven kills and two digs in a 3-0 win over St. John’s, as CU avenged its only home loss in BIG EAST play in the past two years. Four of her blocks came against BIG EAST kill leader Karin Palgutova.

On Sunday, Browning had seven kills and seven blocks on .545 hitting in CU’s 3-0 win over Providence. Browning’s blocking helped hold PC to -.151 hitting, the poorest mark ever by a Bluejay opponent. In addition, Providence’s 17 kills were the third-fewest in history against Creighton.

For the week, Browning oublocked Creighton’s opponents, 14-7.

First place Creighton (15-7, 8-1 BIG EAST) returns to action on Friday when it hosts defending league champion Marquette in a 7 pm match at D.J. Sokol Arena. That contest will be streamed on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

Huskers Schatz named Big Ten defender of the week

Nebraska goalkeeper Kelly Schatz earned Big Ten Defender-of-the-Week honors when the conference announced its weekly award winners on Monday.

Schatz helped the Huskers to a pair of shutout victories, as Nebraska took down Purdue on Friday by a 1-0 margin before defeating Indiana, 3-0, on Sunday. Against the Boilermakers, Schatz collected two saves in 90 minutes of action. She added one save in 75 minutes while facing the Hoosiers.

On the season, the Naperville, Ill., native has 45 saves in 16 games. She has three solo shutouts and contributed on a pair of others.

This weekend, the Huskers hit the road for a pair of matches. NU battles Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) in University Park, Pa., before taking on Ohio State on Sunday at noon in Columbus, Ohio.

Creighton volleyball can’t hold lead, falls on the road at Seton Hall

Seton Hall won the final two sets to overtake Creighton Volleyball in a five-set match and move into sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST on Friday evening in South Orange, N.J.

Scores in favor of the host Pirates were 25-17, 21-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-9. Seton Hall won its 10th straight match and improved to 6-0 in BIG EAST play for the first time in program history. Creighton had its six-match win streak snapped, falling to 12-7 on the year and 5-1 in league action.

Seton Hall took advantage of an error-prone visiting side to take the first set, 25-17. The Pirates used a key 7-0 burst on Amanda Hansen’s serve to build an 18-12 lead in the first set and would not look back. SHU had seven blocks in the set, forcing CU into 11 attack errors. Jess Bird and Leah McNary each had four kills for CU, while Kate Elman and Bird both had six digs. Seton Hall was paced by eight digs from Tessa Fournier and four kills by Stacey Manthorpe.

Creighton evened the match by intermission after taking the second set, 25-21. The Bluejays trailed 18-15 late before a 5-0 run on Katie Neisler’s serve. CU would not trail again in the set. Clinging to a 21-20 advantage, Kelli Browning had a pair of kills and a pair of blocks to help CU close out the set. [Read more...]