After improving to 5-0 on the season this last weekend, the number one ranked Nebraska volleyball team will host the Players Challenge this week at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers will take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday at 7 p.m., while Nebraska and Duquesne will face each other on Friday at 4 p.m. and the Huskers will meet the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Former Big 12 foes, Nebraska and Oklahoma have met 80 times, with Nebraska leading the all-time series at 74-6. The Huskers last met Oklahoma on Nov. 17, 2010 when Nebraska swept OU 3-0. This meeting between Duquesne and Nebraska will be the first meeting between the schools, while the Huskers and Wildcats have met a total of eight times, with Nebraska holding a 6-2 lead in the all-time series. Nebraska and Kentucky last met on Aug. 28, 2010 when the Huskers swept UK 3-0.
Scouting the Oklahoma Sooners
• Oklahoma is 5-2 on the season, as they most recently lost to Colorado State 3-1 and will face Arkansas on Tuesday night in Fayetteville, Ark.
• Junior Julia Doyle recorded back-to-back double-doubles over the weekend with 43 assists and 10 digs against North Dakota State as well as 37 assists and 12 digs against Colorado State.
• Senior libero Maria Fernanda is OU’s career digs leader with 1,769 total digs. Her 55-dig performance in the Nike Invitational put her over the 1,700 mark.
• Junior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin leads Oklahoma and the Big 12 Conference with 1.70 blocks per set. Against Colorado State, she matched a career-best four solo blocks.
• In Oklahoma’s five-set victory over Tulsa in the Nike Invitational, the Sooners notched 20.5 team blocks, including 14 block assists by Sallie McLaurin and a personal-best 11 total blocks by Morgan Reynolds.
Scouting the Duquesne Dukes
• Duquesne enters the weekend with a 7-1 overall record and will face Saint Francis on Tuesday night in Loretto, Pa.
• The Dukes completed the Duquesne/RMU Invitational undefeated last weekend, defeating Loyola 3-1 and Bucknell 3-0, as well as recording 3-0 wins over Providence and Norfolk State.
• Allison Foschia was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after recording 48 kills, 42 digs and a hitting percentage of .380 over the weekend. Arielle Love notched 33 kills and a .403 hitting percentage and Ashley Buse recorded 37 kills, a .465 hitting percentage and 11 blocks as both were named to the All-Tournament Team.
• Foschia was honored by the Atlantic 10 Conference as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Mary Henry earned Rookie of the Week accolades. Henry notched her second consecutive Rookie of the Week honor after leading the event with 141 assists and making the All-Tournament Team.
Scouting the Kentucky Wildcats
• Kentucky enters this weekend with a 5-2 record, most recently topping Western Carolina 3-0 at the Ohio Tournament last weekend.
• The Wildcats are ranked No. 19 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll.
• At the Ohio Tournament, the Wildcats beat Ohio 3-1, but were swept 3-0 by Oregon.
• Senior Ashley Frazier led the Wildcats with 12 kills on a .458 hitting percentage and adding a career-best seven digs en route to leading Kentucky to a 3-0 win over Western Carolina.
• Junior Alexandra Morgan earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week accolades after leading the conference with 1.33 blocks per set in the opening weekend of play.