Monday, 4 March 2024

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Huskers Face Longhorns for National Championship – University of Nebraska

Huskers Face Longhorns for National Championship - University of Nebraska

• The No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team will play No. 5 Texas in the NCAA Championship on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. 
• Sunday’s match will be televised on ABC and streamed on WatchESPN. Courtney Lyle, Holly McPeak and Katie George will be on the call. 
• The Huskers Radio Network will broadcast all the action on their radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at and on the Huskers app. 
• John Baylor is in his 30th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-American setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

• Nebraska (33-1) is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history. The other years were 2000 (NCAA Champion), 2004 (NCAA Regional Finalist), 2005 (NCAA Runner-Up), 2006 (NCAA Champion) and 2016 (NCAA Semifinalist).
• The Huskers won the outright Big Ten title this season with a 19-1 league record, earning their first Big Ten title since 2017. Nebraska has now won four Big Ten titles since joining the conference in 2011. The years were 2011, 2016, 2017 (co-champions) and 2023. All-time, Nebraska volleyball has won 35 conference titles. John Cook has been head coach for 13 of them. 
• Nebraska’s 33 wins are the most by a Nebraska team since the 2006 team won 33 matches (33-1).
• Nebraska won 27 matches in a row to begin the season and finished 28-1, its best regular-season record since going 28-1 in 2005. 
• The Huskers, who led the nation in defense in 2022, have held their opponents this season to a combined .135 hitting percentage, which ranks first nationally. 
• Nebraska has been sharp offensively this season, hitting .278 to rank 18th nationally. The Huskers rank 12th nationally with 14.03 kills per set.  
• Nebraska had four All-Big Ten First Team selections and two All-Big Ten Second Team selections for a total of six all-conference players this season, the most in program history.
• The Huskers had six AVCA All-Region honorees, tied for the most in program history. 
• Bekka Allick has back-to-back matches with double-digit blocks (12 vs. Arkansas and 10 vs. Pitt). She is the first Husker to have consecutive games with 10 or more blocks since Cecilia Hall against Illinois (11) and Northwestern (10) in 2013.
• Allick is the only player to have two matches with double-digit blocks in this…

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