December 21, 2023
All season long, no volleyball attendance or TV-ratings records were safe.
An incredible 33 attendance records fell as volleyball drew big audiences in the stands and on television. Nebraska was at the front of the trends, seemingly setting a record every time it took the court.
The Huskers had a hand in seven attendance records and were part of six of the top eight most-watched matches this season and 12 of the top 20.
Nebraska started the season with the event of the year as 92,003 people filled Memorial Stadium to set a world record for a women’s sporting event. The Huskers were part of the biggest indoor crowd, with 19,727 fans at the title match. Also, they set a Devaney Center record with 9,198 watching them play then-No. 1 Wisconsin.
Boosted by the stadium match, the Huskers set a record for most fans in a season and became the first women’s program in NCAA history to exceed 250,000 fans. NU finished with a home attendance of 264,665 over 21 home matches.
The Huskers were also part of several record television broadcasts this year. The Nebraska-Texas title match was the most watched college volleyball match with an average audience of 1.69 million that peaked above 2 million.
When Nebraska and Wisconsin played on October 21, they drew a new regular-season record with 612,000 viewers. That mark was eclipsed eight days later with the combination of two Big Ten matches broadcast on FOX.
The portal opens
Nebraska lost two players into the portal the day after the national championship match. Sophomore outside hitter Hayden Kubik — who played briefly in the title match — and freshman opposite Caroline Jurevicius elected to seek the opportunity to transfer. Nebraska faced a scholarship crunch with no seniors on the roster and two high school recruits set to join the program.
After playing sparingly in her two seasons, Kubik will have two years of eligibility. She appeared in 10 sets over nine matches this season and in the national championship match for one rally. She recorded three kills on 15 swings this year.
Jurevicious will have four years to play at Penn State — she anounced that as her destination on Thursday on Instagram — after redshirting this year. She finished her prep career ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect by Prep Dig and No. 17 overall and the No. 3 opposite hitter…