August 30, 2014

7th ranked NU volleyball falls to #13 ‘Noles in season opener

Seventh-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell in a hard-fought battle to No. 13 Florida State, 3-1, in front of 8,569 fans Friday night, the largest crowd at the Devaney Center since it’s been converted to a volleyball arena.

The Huskers won the opener 25-18, before Florida State won the next three sets, all by two points. The Seminoles took set two 27-25 and won sets three and four by identical 25-23 margins. With the loss, Nebraska fell to 0-1 on the season, while FSU improved to 1-0.

Alicia Ostrander led Nebraska with a match-high 18 kills, more than tripling her previous career high of five kills. Ostrander produced 18 kills after totaling 19 kills all of last season. Sophomore Amber Rolfzen also finished in double figures with 13 kills, as did junior Meghan Haggerty, who hit .421 while putting down 10 kills on 19 swings. Sophomore Kadie Rolfzen led Nebraska with 18 digs – tying her career high – while classmate Cecilia Hall tied for match-high honors with five blocks.

Despite the loss, Nebraska produced more kills, more assists, more blocks and a higher hitting percentage than the Seminoles, while the teams each recorded 72 digs. The Huskers hit .182 in the match and recorded 12 blocks.

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Creighton soccer upsets #20 Stanford

The Creighton men’s soccer team upset No. 20 Stanford 2-0 in the 2014 season opener at Morrison Stadium Friday night.
With the win the Bluejays move to 1-0-0 while the Cardinal fall to 0-1-0 to begin the 2014 season. The victory extended Creighton’s unbeaten streak to 6-0-2 in season openers over the last eight years. The Jays are now 11-3-4 versus ranked teams over the past four seasons.
Creighton freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin scored the game winner and his first career goal in the 11th minute on a feed from junior Timo Pitter to give the Bluejays an early 1-0 lead. Lopez-Espin scored his first career goal from the right side beating the Stanford goalkeeper to the left.
In the second half, CU sophomore Fabian Herbers tallied the second goal for the Jays in the 53rd minute on an assist from Lopez-Espin. Herbers received a long touch pass from Lopez-Espin on the left side and chipped it in over the goalie to yield the final score.
Creighton junior Connor Sparrow posted his first shutout of the season while playing a full 90 minutes in net. CU outshot Stanford 7-6 and tied in corners at 3-3.
The Jays are back in action on Sunday when they host Santa Clara at 7 p.m. CT inside Morrison Stadium.

High school football scores from 8/29/14

Friday (08/29/2014)

Amherst 58, Shelton 12
Aquinas Catholic 7, Hartington Cedar Catholic 0
Arapahoe 40, Alma 29
Ashland-Greenwood 46, Wahoo 10
BDS 66, Harvard 0
Bancroft-Rosalie 62, Winside 14
Battle Creek 35, Stanton 7
Bayard 38, Mitchell 19
Bellevue East 40, Lincoln East 34
Bellevue West 41, Omaha Westside 0
Bennington 20, Platteview 2
Bertrand 44, Pleasanton 20
Bishop Neumann 30, Syracuse 29
Boone Central/Newman Grove 31, Columbus Scotus 14
Boys Town 25, Lincoln Christian 14
Brady 77, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 30
Broken Bow 20, Grand Island Central Catholic 8
Centennial 12, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 7
Central City 48, Madison 7
Chase County 40, Minden 7
Cozad 25, Ogallala 13
Creighton 72, Niobrara/Verdigre 8
Creighton Preparatory School 42, Papillion-LaVista 8
Crete 36, Aurora 29 (OT)
Crofton 35, Homer 26
Cross County 34, McCool Junction 22
David City 33, Douglas County West 0
Diller-Odell 77, Lewiston 0
Edgemont, SD 26, Crawford 20
Elkhorn 24, Blair 14
Elkhorn South 42, Omaha Gross Catholic 0
Emerson-Hubbard 29, Palmer 6
Exeter-Milligan 52, Kenesaw 26
Fairbury 50, Superior 8
Falls City 42, Lincoln Lutheran 0
Fort Calhoun 19, West Point-Beemer 0
Freeman 29, Fillmore Central 18
Fremont 23, Omaha Northwest 18
Gibbon 31, St. Paul 6
Grand Island 35, Kearney 28
Gretna 26, Lincoln Pius X 19
Hastings 34, Gering 0
Hastings St. Cecilia 37, Ravenna 13
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Huskers have to be ready for anything under Florida Atlantic’s new coach

The Nebraska football went through their final tune-ups in prep for Saturday’s season opener against Florida Atlantic. Head coach Bo Pelini  said the Huskers need to prepare for a lot and be able to make adjustments on the fly. Pelini says keeping things simple. He says a simple trap to fall into is over preparing and then you run into a situation where you have Huskers chasing Owls all over the field. Pelini said you trust the players and their training.

“We got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished. We’ll finish up our be ready to go.”

Five sophomores are projected to start on the defensive side of the ball. Pelini added that the newcomers will be ready to go for their first college football game.

“They’ve played a lot of football up to this point against good competition,” Pelini said. “A lot of good on good. They are ready to go and just execute their football.”

Florida Atlantic returns 15 starters in Charlie Partridge’s first season as head coach. FAU is one of eight 2014 Husker opponents that were bowl eligible in 2013. Florida Atlantic brings a four-game winning streak into today’s game, the nation’s ninth-longest win streak.

Offensively, the Owls return their leading rusher, passer and two of their three leading receivers from 2013. Defensively, FAU brings back its top two tacklers.

The Owls averaged 26.4 points per game in 2013 following a strong finish, when FAU averaged 37.8 points per game over its final four contests. Florida Atlantic featured a balanced offensive attack, averaging 183 yards rushing per game and 198 yards passing.
Quarterback Jaquez Johnson was a dual threat who led Florida Atlantic with 772 rushing yards and 1,876 passing yards. He also led the team with 10 rushing touchdowns, while completing 58 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Florida Atlantic featured one of the nation’s top defenses in 2013, and the Owls return six starters. FAU allowed only 326 yards per game in 2013, a total that ranked 11th nationally. Florida Atlantic was especially stingy against the pass, ranking second nationally by allowing only 162 passing yards per game. The Owls also ranked third nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Linebacker Andrae Kirk led the team with 84 tackles last season and safety Damian Parms was second with 78 stops. Both players return for the Owls this fall. Defensive lineman Brandin Bryant, an Omaha native, is FAU’s returning sack leader after totaling 6.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for losses as a junior in 2013.

Nebraska and Florida Atlantic meet for the second time today. The only other meeting was a 49-3 NU victory in the 2009 season opener at Memorial Stadium. The 24th-ranked Huskers cruised to the win behind three rushing touchdowns from Roy Helu Jr., who ran for 152 yards on 16 carries.

Florida Atlantic Head Coach Charlie Partridge
Partridge will coach his first game as a collegiate head coach today. A South Florida native, Partridge has spent the past 12 seasons as a full-time defensive assistant on Brett Bielema’s Arkansas staff in 2013 as well as five years at Wisconsin.


Pelini has the Huskers prepared for anything, but ready to adjust (AUDIO)

This was supposed to be a matchup of brother vs. brother, but Carl Pelini, the one time defensive coordinator for the Huskers was dumped by Florida Atlantic. Carl, back in an interview in April, said his firing ultimately had more to do with an athletic director who didn’t hire him more so than his alleged drug use, which he denied.

So now, one of the challenges for Bo is dealing with new coach Charlie Partridge. The Huskers need to prepare for a lot and be able to make adjustments on the fly. Pelini says keeping things simple is the key. He says an easy trap to fall into is over preparing and then running into a situation where you have Huskers chasing Owls all over the field. Pelini said you trust the players and their training.

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