September 1, 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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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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