The fifth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team squares off against Colorado at 1:00p.m. on Friday in the Lexington Regional at Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. The first of two regional semifinal round matches will feature fourth ranked Kentucky against 13th ranked BYU at 11:00a.m. The winners of Friday’s matches will meet in Saturday’s regional final at 3:00p.m.
The Big Ten champion Huskers are making their 23rd regional appearance in the last 24 years and are aiming for a third straight final four appearance, which would be a first in program history. Nebraska is no stranger to Lexington, as the Huskers won an NCAA Regional there in 2015 to advance to the final four, where the Huskers ultimately won the national title in Omaha. In that regional – which Kentucky was not part of – NU swept BYU in the regional semifinal and beat Washington 3-1 in the final.
The Huskers and Buffaloes will be meeting for the first time officially since 2010, when both schools were still members of the Big 12. The teams did play a spring exhibition match in Ogallala, Nebraska in 2016, which Nebraska won 3-0. The Huskers are 49-7 all-time against Colorado and have won the last four meetings.