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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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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Volleyball fans set for great action: NU starts season with two ranked opponents

Nebraska features the fewest seniors (1) and most underclassmen (11) in school history this fall.  Yet head coach John Cook is building one of his deepest and talented rosters.

The seventh-ranked Nebraska volleyball team opens its season this weekend with a pair of top-15 showdowns at the 2014 AVCA Showcase. The Huskers face 13th-ranked Florida State on Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on No. 3 Stanford on Sunday at noon.

The Huskers will play 13 of their 29 regular-season matches against teams ranked in the preseason poll, the second-highest total nationally. Nebraska also will see its share of successful postseason teams. NU is the only top-10 team facing a pair of ranked opponents in the opening weekend. Sunday’s match-up with No. 3 Stanford is the lone top-10 match-up of the opening weekend.

Nebraska returns all but one starter from last year’s team, which finished with a 26-7 record and a No. 7 national ranking after a second consecutive trip to an NCAA Regional Final. The one loss is a big one, as outside hitter Kelsey Robinson was the Big Ten Player of the Year, a first-team AVCA All-American.

The Huskers bring back 2013 third-team All-American Kadie Rolfzen, along with honorable-mention All-Americans Mary Pollmiller and Meghan Haggerty. Pollmiller is the lone senior on a 16-player Nebraska roster that features 11 freshmen and sophomores. NU’s one senior ties for the fewest in school history, while the 11 underclassmen tie for the most. Nebraska is also the only ranked team with fewer than two seniors.

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Former Nebraska golfer set for career debut on the LPGA

Former Nebraska women’s golfer Madeleine Sheils is expected to make her LPGA debut Thursday at the Portland Classic in Oregon. Sheils was an All-Big Ten performer for the Huskers as a senior in 2012, and finished second in a qualifier for the event on Monday to earn her first spot in an LPGA tournament.

Sheils is currently in her second season on the Symetra Tour. She ranks third on the developmental tour’s money list so far with six top-25 finishes, including a tie for fifth and a tie for seventh.

One Owl is coming home to honor his grandfather when he takes on the Huskers (AUDIO)

When the Huskers take on Florida Atlantic this Saturday at 2:30 it will be a homecoming for one of the Owls on their defensive line. Junior defensive tackle Brandin Bryant was a star player at Omaha-Bryan and he says he’s looking forward to coming back to Nebraska to play in front of his mom and dad and friends who never get to see him play.

Brandin’s grandfather, Charles, played for the Huskers back in the 50’s and was the first African-American player in modern Huskers history when he made the roster in 1952. In 1955, Charles encountered segregation when Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl down in Miami against Duke. Charles didn’t get to stay at the same hotel as the rest of the team. He had to stay at someone’s house. His grandson, who now plays for a school that is located just 45 miles north of Miami appreciates what his grandfather was able to accomplish. Charles Bryant was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 2004. He was 71.

Brandin said he’s looking forward to stepping on the field at Memorial Stadium and honoring his grandfather. He plays the same position as Charles, but he’s a little bigger. When Charles walked-on at NU he was 5’11 and weighed less than 200 pounds. Grandson Brandin is 6’3 and 290.