November 23, 2014

Creighton grabs first set, but 9th ranked Nebraska volleyball wins the match

The Creighton Volleyball team went into Lincoln and won the first set before No. 9 Nebraska rallied for the final three sets to take a 3-1 victory over the visiting Bluejays before a sold-out crowd of 8,060 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Scores were 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20.

Nebraska won its sixth straight match, improving to 6-2, while Creighton had a three-match win streak end and fell to 6-4. All four Bluejay losses are against teams in the AVCA Top 25 poll.

Kadie Rolfzen led the Huskers with a season-high 16 kills and added 10 digs and five blocks. Alicia Ostrander provided a big spark off the bench, coming on in the middle of the third set and finishing with seven kills and two blocks. She hit a career-best .353.

Kelli Browning led Creighton with 17 kills and seven blocks on .400 hitting, while Maggie Baumert dished 39 assists and added nine digs and six blocks. Katie Neisler led CU’s defense with 13 digs, while Kate Elman added 10. Creighton had 14.5 blocks overall, but were done in by just two aces against 12 service errors.

Both teams had 50 kills and 31 attack errors.

Nebraska finishes non-conference play by hosting No. 2 Texas on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports center.

Creighton returns to action this weekend when it hosts the Creighton Classic. The action gets underway on Friday when Colorado faces South Dakota at 4:30 pm, followed by Creighton’s match vs. No. 16 Illinois at 7 pm.

Nebraska drops from 7th to 12th in the volleyball polls, Creighton out of the top 25

The Creighton Volleyball team dropped out of the AVCA Top-25 released on Monday, but did receive enough votes to come in 29th in the first regular-season ranking of the fall.  The Huskers, after dropping both opening weekend matches against #13 Florida State and #3 Stanford, fell from 7th to 12th.

Creighton returns to action this weekend with three matches at the Commonwealth Classic in Lexington, Ky. CU opens play 4 pm on Friday vs. Northern Iowa, then meets No. 6 USC on Saturday at 10 am before closing out play at 6:30 pm vs. No. 16 Kentucky. It’s part of CU’s challenging non-conference schedule that sees four of its next eight opponents in the top-16 of this week’s poll.

The Huskers will hit the road for the first time this season at the Flyer-Raider Invitational next weekend in Dayton, Ohio. NU will play at Dayton on Friday at 6 p.m. (Central) and then face CSU Bakersfield at 10 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Husker soccer rallies from two-goal deficit for first road win

Facing a 2-0 deficit in the second half, the Nebraska soccer team (3-1) rallied with three goals over the final 26 minutes to defeat Marquette, 3-2, at Valley Fields on Sunday afternoon.  Sophomore Jaycie Johnson scored a pair of goals, giving her four on the season.

Johnson put the Huskers on the board in the 65th minute and her second goal of the day in the 83rd minute off an assist from senior Caroline Gray to put Nebraska up for good.  All three of Johnson’s shots on Sunday were on goal as Nebraska totaled seven against the Golden Eagles’ defense.  Senior Mayme Conroy also scored for the Huskers  in the 69th minute.

Nebraska goalkeeper Kelly Schatz earned four saves over 90 minutes of play. Marquette took 13 shots for the game as Jacie Jermier and Alex Heffron scored goals for the Golden Eagles. Jermier’s goal came in the 14th minute from a free kick, while Heffron scored in the 61st minute off an assist from Ann Marie Lynch.

Nebraska completes a 2-0 weekend after taking down Butler on Friday night at the Nebraska Soccer Field with a 1-0 win.

The Huskers return home for a pair of matches next weekend at the Nebraska Soccer Field. On Friday, NU hosts Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. (CT) before a Sunday match against North Dakota at 1 p.m.

Huskers hire Cal State-Fullerton assistant for Erstad’s staff

Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Mike Kirby has accepted the assistant position with the Nebraska baseball program left open when former assistant Will Bolt left for Texas A & M. Kirby has been with the Titans and Oregon, where he’s known to recruit well. It was Cal State Fullerton that knocked the Huskers out of the NCAA Tournament at the Stillwater Regional.

During his last three seasons at Fullerton, Kirby coached first base, infielders and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. His first class in 2012 was ranked 23rd in the country by Baseball America, producing National Freshman Pitcher of the Year Thomas Eshelman and Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year Justin Garza. Both Eshelman and Garza pitched for the USA Collegiate Baseball National Team this summer, while Eshelman was named an All-American each of the past two seasons.

Prior to the start of last season, Nebraska’s recruiting class was ranked 11th by Baseball America and Cal State Fullerton was one spot behind at 12th.

Before returning to Fullerton, Kirby was instrumental in helping George Horton put the Oregon Ducks on the national scene. Kirby played a large role in four consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, including three ranked in the top 10 and a program-best No. 5 ranking in 2010.

Kirby was also responsible for coaching first base and working with the team’s outfielders.

No captains named yet, but Pelini points out leaders on the defense (AUDIO)

The Husker football team is done with what they call Fall Camp, but now today as they practice they move into game week mode for their season opener against Florida Atlantic. On Saturday the team just went through situational walk-throughs, a light practice just over an hour. Bo Pelini revamped his practice schedule this season and so far the benefits have been noticeable.

Pelini talked about leadership on this team, in particular some Blackshirts with experience.  Plus, the head coach says there are still some housekeeping items to take care of such as naming captains, deciding which current walk-on players that will be awarded scholarships and an announcement on any freshmen that will be redshirting will come later this week.