Schatz Named Big Ten Defender of the Week
Nebraska goalkeeper Kelly Schatz earned Big Ten Defender-of-the-Week honors when the conference announced its weekly award winners on Monday.
Schatz helped the Huskers to a pair of shutout victories, as Nebraska took down Purdue on Friday by a 1-0 margin before defeating Indiana, 3-0, on Sunday. Against the Boilermakers, Schatz collected two saves in 90 minutes of action. She added one save in 75 minutes while facing the Hoosiers.
On the season, the Naperville, Ill., native has 45 saves in 16 games. She has three solo shutouts and contributed on a pair of others.
This weekend, the Huskers hit the road for a pair of matches. NU battles Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) in University Park, Pa., before taking on Ohio Stateon Sunday at noon in Columbus, Ohio.
BTN to Debut The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014 Wednesday
Returning for its third season to provide fans with an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Big Ten and its key figures, BTN Originals debuts The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014 at 7 PM ET on Wednesday.
While Big Ten fans across the country gather each week to cheer on their favorite school, off-the-field stories like those captured by The Journey, BTN's signature series, unite rivals and shed light on student-athletes and coaches fans otherwise wouldn't see.
"The best part of The Journey is that each year, new characters emerge on the scene," said Bill Friedman, coordinating producer of BTN Originals. "Our talented and experienced team of producers and editors can't wait to share the stories behind the most compelling student-athletes in the Big Ten."
On the season premiere, The Journey team goes behind the scenes with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and his family. The youngest of nine children, Abdullah chose to return to Lincoln for his senior year and continue the family tradition of earning a college degree. Also included are Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett, a one-time cornerback for the Spartans who transitioned to offense and has emerged into one of the nation's best wide receivers, and Indiana's electric wide receiver Shane Wynn. Game highlights from Michigan State at Indiana and the primetime showdown between Nebraska and Northwestern will show all three in action.
In addition to being BTN's highest-rated original program, The Journey has captured a number of prestigious awards over the past few years, including two National Sports Emmy Nominations. Last week, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014 won Best Sports Show in the most recent Cablefax program awards, an honor the The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012 won last year.
For information on upcoming episodes, please go to BTN.com/Journey. Fans can also follow the Journey crew on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Theriot Earns Preseason All-America Honor
Nebraska women's basketball point guard Rachel Theriot was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Team announced on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Theriot, a 6-0 junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, claimed a spot on the fourth-team All-America squad by the news service. She was one of three Big Ten point guards named to the four, five-player preseason All-America teams.
Minnesota senior Rachel Banham was chosen on the College Sports Madness second-team All-America squad, while Iowa senior Samantha Logic took third-team honors.
Theriot and the Huskers will make their 2014-15 debut at the Big Red Tip-off at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Doors open at 5:45 with the event scheduled to run from 6:30 to approximately 8:30 p.m.
Nebraska will make its exhibition debut against Wayne State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats are picked No. 6 in the preseason NCAA Division II rankings.
College Sports Madness Preseason All-Americans
G - Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
G - Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
G/F - Reshanda Gray, California
F - Breanna Stewart, UConn (Player of the Year)
F/C - Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
G - Brittany Boyd, California
G - Rachel Banham, Minnesota
G/F - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn
F - Elizabeth Williams, Duke
F/C - Jillian Alleyne, Oregon
G - Marissa Janning, Creighton
G - Samantha Logic, Iowa
G - Bria Holmes, West Virginia
G/F - Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
F/C - Nneka Enemkpali, Texas
G - Aliyyah Handford, St. John's
G - Brittany Hrynko, DePaul
G/F - Rachel Theriot, Nebraska
F - Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest
F/C - Nina Davis, Baylor
Lopers Seele MIAA Honoree
Kansas City, Mo. Central Missouri's Carly Sojka was named the MIAA Volleyball Hitter of the Week and Nebraska-Kearney's Erin Seele was named the MIAA Specialist of the Week.
MIAA Specialist of the Week
Erin Seele, S, Nebraska-Kearney
Averaged 12.90 assists, 3.40 digs, 0.90 blocks and 0.50 kills per set as UNK beat Washburn and won at UCO and MSSU. Hit .429 (3-0-7) witt 35 assists, 12 digs and three blocks vs. the Bods and had 54 assists, 17 digs, and four blocks at UCO. The 5-9 junior setter is a native of Johnstown, Colo. where she competed at Roosevelt High School.
Huskers Shut Down Northwestern
No. 19 Nebraska needed no last-minute touchdown or Hail Mary this time. Instead, the Huskers got a dominant second-half defensive effort and a career-high four touchdowns from Ameer Abdullah in a 38-17 win at Ryan Field on Saturday night.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern slipped to 3-4 and 2-2 in the conference. The Huskers clinched bowl eligibility for the seventh consecutive season under Coach Bo Pelini.
After being outyarded 262-227 in the first half, the Huskers dominated the second half 244-28 on Homecoming for the Wildcats in Evanston. Abdullah was limited to 39 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the first half, but exploded for 107 yards and three scores on 14 totes after halftime. The Heisman hopeful had 78 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone.
Abdullah, a senior I-back from Homewood, Ala., finished the night with 146 yards on 23 carries with four one-yard touchdown runs. It was his 22nd career 100-yard game and third against Northwestern.
He pushed his season total to 1,024 yards, becoming the first Husker in history to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career. He also crossed the 4,000-yard career rushing mark on the night, finishing with 4,001. Abdullah, who passed Ahman Green (3,880) at No. 2 on the Nebraska career rushing list, joined 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier (4,780) as the only Huskers in history with 4,000 career rushing yards.
The Big Red closed the night with 234 rushing yards, including 55 yards on 10 carries by quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. He also completed 18-of-29 passes for 221 yards. He did not throw an interception or a touchdown pass, but he did haul in his first career touchdown catch, a 16-yard reception from freshman wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El after a reverse handoff from Abdullah.
Overall, Nebraska finished with 471 yards of total offense, while limiting the Wildcats to 290 yards, including 117 rushing and 173 passing. Running back Justin Jackson, who produced 99 yards and two touchdowns on 15 first-half carries for the Cats, managed just 29 yards on seven second-half carries to finish with 128 yards.
Pierson-El provided several highlights for Nebraska on the night, catching three passes for 66 yards, including a 46-yarder to set up his touchdeown pass to Armstrong. The explosive Pierson-El added three punt returns for 26 yards and two kickoff returns for 29 more.
Senior Kenny Bell returned from an injury suffered in the first quarter against Michigan State to lead the Husker receivers with five catches for 89 yards. Illinois native Jordan Westerkamp added a pair of receptions for 28 yards, while Abdullah hauled in four catches for 13 yards. He also had a 15-yard kickoff return to finish with 174 all-purpose yards on the night.
Senior linebacker Trevor Roach helped lead a dominant Blackshirt defense in the second half by notching a team-high 10 tackles for the game, including one sack of Wildcat quarterback Trevor Siemian for a seven-yard loss.
The Huskers harassed Siemian all night, as he officially finished with seven carries for minus-26 yards rushing. He also completed just 18-of-39 passes for 173 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Roach was far from the only Blackshirt to get their paws on Siemian on the night, as the Big Red's pressure overwhelmed the Wildcats in the second half.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams led the Blackshirts' second-half sack attack with 2.5 sacks of Siemian for 24 yards in losses. They were the first sacks of his Husker career. Jack Gangwish shared Williams' first sack, splitting a 12-yard loss to end a Wildcat drive. For the night, the Blackshirts sacked Siemian four times for 37 yards in losses.
Senior linebacker Zaire Anderson added a strong night with eight tackles and several solid plays down the field in pass coverage, including a pair of breakups. Defensive end Randy Gregory added a pair of breakups of his own by batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. Nate Gerry added the biggest play in the secondary with his first-half interception in the end zone to shut down a Northwestern scoring threat.
The Huskers trailed 7-0 after one quarter and 17-14 at the half against a fired up Wildcat bunch. But the Big Red outgained Northwestern nearly 10-1 in the second half, and allowed just one snap by the Wildcats on the Huskers' half of the field.
Nebraska took its first lead of the game midway through the third quarter when Abdullah hit paydirt on a one-yard plunge for the second time in the game to give the Big Red a 21-17 lead. It was Abdullah's 40th career touchdown, including his 32nd career rushing score. It capped an 11-play, 55-yard drive that consumed nearly five minutes.
After Nebraska took the lead, the Blackshirts started to overwhelm the Wildcat offensive line. On Northwestern's final offensive play of the third quarter, Williams and Gangwish sacked Siemian, with Gangwish forcing a fumble that was recovered by a Northwestern offensive lineman.
The Huskers took the ball to the end of the third quarter and faced a key 3rd-and-3 to open the fourth. Armstrong connected with Alonzo Moore on a cruical 18-yard pickup across the middle to open the quarter and eventually the flood gates.
Two plays later, Abdullah took a handoff to the right from Armstrong, made a Northwestern tackler miss then sprinted down the right sideline. He cut back to the middle of the field and was finally shoestring tackled from behind near the left pylon at the Northwestern 1 after a 50-yard gain.
One play later, Abdullah pounded through the tackles for his third one-yard touchdown run of the night to give the Huskers a 28-17 lead.
The Blackshirts continued to dominate, forcing a three-and-out after Williams gave the Huskers their third sack of Siemian on the night.
Then the Big Red running game went to work. Abdullah and Imani Cross pounded their way between the tackles until Armstrong kept a read option and sprinted 17 yards down the right hashmark. Armstrong went airborne near the 5 to avoid a Northwestern tackler and rode another Wildcat to the goal line. His stretch for the line was initially ruled a touchdown, but was overturned after an official review.
One play later, Abdullah slammed through the middle on his fourth one-yard touchdown run of the night.
Like Abdullah, the Blackshirts continued to dominate. Williams notched another sack of Siemian on the second straight drive and buried the Wildcats at their own 3. On 4th-and-25, Northwestern punted from the back of its own end zone, and Pierson-El set the Huskers up for the start of the ensuing drive at the Northwestern 19.
The Big Red offense was unable to finish the drive with a touchdown, but Drew Brown added a 33-yard field goal to cap the scoring in Nebraska's 38-17 win.
The Huskers return to Memorial Stadium for their only home game in October, when Nebraska takes on Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff between the Big Red and Scarlet Knights is set for 11 a.m.
Big Second Half Leads Broncos To Comeback at Midland
The Bronco defense did plenty of bending against Midland on Saturdaybut came up with huge plays in the second half that led to the Hastings 48-28 victory at Heedum Field.
The Hastings defense began the game giving up touchdown drives of 96-yards, 88-yards, and 75-yards but came up with four huge game changing plays in the third quarter that swung momentum in favor of the Broncos.
Trailing 21-20 to begin the third quarter, Hastings came up with the first big play just two plays into the second half when Josh Johnson picked off Zach Couey giving the Bronco offense great field position at the Warrior 22.
With Matt Overmiller getting knocked out of the game, Jason Gaines led the Broncos down and found Austin Curlee from four yards out to give Hastings its first lead of the game at 27-21.
Midland began to move the ball once again on its next possession but Jordan Clancy would intercept Couey at the Hastings 23 and return it 37-yards into Midland territory. The offense would be unable to take advantage of this turning the ball over on downs.
The Bronco defense would then force a three and out and then block the ensuing punt setting up great field position once again for the Bronco offense which would take full advantage.
After taking the ball down to the Midland eight, Caleb Kuhfahl finished the short drive off with an eight-yard run putting Hastings up 34-21 late in the third quarter.
The Hastings defense would step up again forcing a Warrior punt that traveled just eight yards to the Midland 37-yard line giving the Broncos a short field to work with which was the theme of the day for the Bronco offense.
Jake Fowler would do most of the dirty work carrying the ball five times on the drive including a two-yard touchdown run to make it 41-21 to end the third quarter as Hastings began to pull away.
Johnson began the fourth quarter just like the third quarter picking off Couey once again for his second of the game and his fourth of the season as Hastings began to salt the game away.
Midland began the game firing on all cylinders despite losing out on the field position battle in a big way.
The Warriors held Hastings to a three and out but Anthony Cloyd sent a 52-yard punt that put Midland back on its own four yard line.
That didn't seem to bother Midland marching 96-yards on 14-plays to take a 7-0 lead.
Hastings would get a Nick Giaffoglione field goal on its next possession to make it 7-3 as that drive began at the Midland 38.
After a penalty on the return, the Warriors were backed up to its own 12-yard line but went on a 11-play 88-yard drive to go up 14-3 with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Hastings offense would then begin to click after Fowler returned the kick-off to midfield.
After Overmiller would find Fowler for 18-yards down to the Midland 34, Hastings would work down to the 19 before Overmiller would find Trevor Bohn for the score to make it 14-10.
After Midland went on another long drive to go up 21-10, Hastings would cut the deficit down to 21-20 at the break as the Bronco defense really began to assert themselves holding the Warriors to just seven more points for the rest of the game.
Hastings is now 4-3 (3-3) on the season and will be back in action Saturday Nov. 1 as Northwestern comes to town with kick-off set for 1:00 p.m. at Lloyd Wilson Field.
Lopers Run Over Lindenwood
Juniors Bronson Marsh and Romero Cotton each ran for 112 yards and the defense came up with a goal line stand as Nebraska-Kearney beat Lindenwood, 31-13, Saturday afternoon at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.
The Lopers (2-5, 2-5) have now won two straight and have beaten the Lions (1-6, 1-6) two years in a row. This also is the 100th career win for UNK head coach Darrell Morris.
Kearney scored the game's first 24 points and finished with 240 rushing yards. They came into the week as the MIAA's second best rushing team at just over 200 per game.
Marsh (Millard) had scoring runs of two, seven and 43 yards among his 19 carries. This is his second straight week over 100 yards and his effort today gives him 1,044 in his brief UNK career.
Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.) had a 25-yard run among his 24 carries to reach his 112-yard output.
Morris became UNK's head coach in 2000 and is now 100-60. He joins Claire Boroff (169/1972-99) and Al Zikmund (121/1955-71) as Loper coaches with 100 victories.
A 35-yard pass from Marsh to redshirt freshman Tityus Mitchell (Hastings, Fla.) setup the day's first score, a 33-yard field goal from freshman Brendan Wentling (Grand Island).
The Lopers next possession was a short one as Marsh hooked up with junior Allen Sampson (Tampa, Fla.) from 35 yards and a 10-0 lead. The short field was setup by a 16-yard punt return by redshirt freshman George Brown (University City, Mo.) and an ill-advised kick return by Lindenwood, giving them the ball at their own seven-yard line.
Long runs by Cotton and Marsh were part of the next scoring drive, lasting nine plays and covering 65 yards. Marsh called his own number on 2nd and goal; he now has nine rushing TD's on the year.
Late in the 2nd quarter, UNK was marching towards another score but the Lions forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball at their own 31-yard line.
Their first six drives had resulted in six punts and total of 43 yards. However, after the turnover, they marched down the field with a mixture of short runs and short passes.
With the 1st half clocking running down, Lindenwood had it 1st and goal at the UNK 4-yard line. After an incompletion and a one-yard run, UNK was called for two penalties. That moved the ball to the one.
But, another incomplete pass and a run that went nowhere on 4th down ended the drive. Sophomore ILB Tyke Kozeal (Sargent) was the first to make the hit on 4thdown.
The Lions had another three and out to start the second half, once again giving UNK great field position. After a holding penalty made it 1st and 20, Marsh made up the difference by running 43 yards up the middle for a 24-0 lead.
Greg Coble returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards with Wentling making the tackle. The Loper defense held once more as Graham Lindman's passes on 3rd and 4thdown from the 10-yard line fell incomplete.
On the day, Lindman was 21 of 42 for 211 yards, no INT's and not TD's. He was sacked four times, twice by senior end Matt Bowman (Kearney Catholic).
Coble was one of seven Lions to catch a pass, having five for 73 yards. On the ground, junior back Lavorrie Johnson had 21 carries for 68 yards and three-yard score with 25 seconds left.
Besides the running game, Marsh was 10 of 13 for 157 yards, one TD and no INT's. He completed passes to five teammates with Sampson having four for 64 yards.
Kozeal and junior safety Greg Sherwood (Alta Loma, Calif.) were both in on eight tackles while Bowman finished with four TFL's, totaling 14 yards, and forced a fumble.
Finally, redshirt freshman corner Famous McKinnon (Miami, Fla.) had two TFL's and three PBU's with redshirt freshmen Wyatt Anderson (Arapahoe) and Devontay LeFlore (Omaha Central) having two TFL's apiece.
UNK is at nationally-ranked Pittsburg State next week. The Gorillas upset top-ranked NW Missouri State today in Maryville, 35-17
PAWLOSKI SHUTS DOOR ON STORM
Despite recording 57 shots on net through three periods and overtime, the Tri-City Storm (4-2-1) came up short to the Green Bay Gamblers (3-3-0), losing 4-3 in a six-round shootout at the Viaero Event Center Saturday afternoon.
Forward Nick Master scored a power play goal for Tri-City, while defenseman Bobby Nardella and forward Jake Wahlin each picked up their first goals of the season in the loss.
Green Bay goaltender Jason Pawloski was outstanding in the contest, making 54 saves and stopping five of six shooters from Tri-City in the shootout.
The Storm took the lead in the first period on Master's second goal of the season. The UMass-Lowell commit found a rebound in front and made it 1-0 early on. The goal was the eighth power play strike for Tri-City on the season, who started the day with the top power play conversion percentage in the league.
It was a lopsided opening period, with the Storm earning four power play opportunities and outshooting Green Bay 20-6. But Pawloski kept the Gamblers in the game, shutting down some great Tri-City chances.
In the middle frame, Green Bay scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. Forwards Christopher Brown and Ryan Smith had the goals for the Gamblers, and gave the team their first lead of the weekend.
Defenseman Vili Saarijarvi scored at 7:57 of the third for Green Bay, pushing the lead to 3-1.
But the Storm turned things around and got back in the game with goals from Nardella and Wahlin. 59 seconds after Saarijarvi made it 3-1, Nardella responded, scoring on a pass from forward Chris Wilkie to cut the Green Bay lead to 3-2.
Less than five minutes later, Wahlin found the back of the net to tie the game at 3-3. Defensemen Tory Dello and Jalen Schulz recorded assists on the tying tally and the teams were all knotted up.
Just like they did in the first period, Tri-City recorded 20 shots on net in the third, while Green Bay had just three. But neither team could find a winning tally, and the game went to overtime.
After a scoreless OT, defenseman Anthony Walsh and forward Mitch Snyder beat Storm netminder Alec Dillon in the shootout to get the win for the Gamblers.
The lone shootout goal for Tri-City was scored by Cody Milan.
Dillon made 20 saves for the Storm in defeat, continuing his impressive start in the USHL.
Tri-City will head on the road to face Team USA in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday and Saturday next weekend. Both games will start at 6:00 p.m. CST.
Huskers Come Up Short Against Illinois
The No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team (11-6, 5-3 Big Ten) fell to No. 15 Illinois (14-5, 6-2 Big Ten) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday afternoon, 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-27, 21-25).
Alicia Ostrander had a career-high 19 kills to lead the Huskers. Kadie Rolfzen had 12 kills, and Amber Rolfzen had 11 kills and 13 digs. Cecilia Hall had six kills and eight blocks, while Meghan Haggerty had six kills and five blocks. Mary Pollmiller added six kills with her 44 set assists. Justine Wong-Orantes had 22 digs.
Illinois' Morganne Criswell had a season-high 21 kills, while Jocelynn Birks, the Big Ten leader in kills per set in conference play, had 19. Alexis Viliunas had 56 assists.
Illinois narrowly outhit Nebraska .228 to .224. Both teams had 14 blocks and 68 digs.
Illinois took set one, 25-23, coming back from a 20-18 deficit to take a 21-20 lead after a Birks kill. The Huskers tied it up at 22-22 on a kill by Hall, but a Katie Stadick kill and block with Viliunas gave Illinois a 24-22 lead, forcing a Husker timeout. After Illinois let Nebraska within one via a service error, Criswell finished off the set with a shot to the back row.
The Huskers led 7-4 in set two but let Illinois go on a 4-0 run to gain an 8-7 lead. With the set tied 16-16, Illinois committed a service error and Ostrander killed to make it 18-16 and force an Illinois timeout. Nebraska never allowed Illinois to draw even again in the set. The Huskers separated from a 19-18 lead with a 4-0 run with two kills by Kadie Rolfzen and a block by Hall and Amber Rolfzen to make it 23-18. Illinois fought off three set points, but the Huskers finally ended it at 25-21 on a kill from Hall right down the middle.
Set three was back-and-forth the whole way. The Illini claimed a three-point lead at 18-15, but the Huskers clawed back with a dump by Pollmiller, a kill by Ostrander and then an Ostrander/Hall block to even it at 18-18. Illinois got back-to-back kills by Criswell to go up 23-21, and another Criswell kill gave the Illini set point at 24-22. Nebraska came back to tie it on kills by Haggerty and Kadie Rolfzen. With the set tied at 25-25, Liz McMahon won a long rally for Illinois, and the Huskers misfired to give Illinios the edge in the match with a 27-25 victory.
Set four began with a 4-0 Illinois run, and the Illini extended the lead to 10-4, forcing the Huskers to use their second and final timeout of the set. Criswell had two blocks and a kill during a 3-0 spurt to put the Illini up 10-4. Trailing 17-11, the Huskers put together a furious rally to pull within 19-17 and force an Illini timeout. Haggerty had a kill and two blocks along the way. But the Huskers could get no closer, as Illinois pulled away to the 25-21 win.
Nebraska is on the road for the next four matches, beginning at Minnesota on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. That match will be on BTN.
Dordt Defeats Hastings Volleyball
The Hastings College volleyball team had a very tough road test against NAIA No. 23 Dordt and came up short falling 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 19-25 on Saturday night.
In set one Hastings held a 22-20 lead after Abigayle Preissler picked up a kill. Dordt would answer followed by a Bronco kill from Morgan Heise to make it 23-21.
Then Dordt would run off the next four points that included two attack errors by the Broncos giving set one to the Defenders.
In set two it was the other way around as Hastings trailed 24-20 before making a run.
Logan Drueppel started it off with a kill followed by back-to-back attack errors by the Defenders to make it 24-23 in favor of Dordt.
Lindy Matthews would then pick up a service ace to tie things up at 24-24 but Dordt would thwart the Bronco effort with back-to-back kills to take set two.
Set three was once again a very tightly contested match as things were tied 21-21 when Miranda Muhs would pick up a kill followed by a kill from Katie Zoucha to give Hastings the 23-21 advantage.
After a Dordt timeout an attack error followed by a Zoucha kill gave Hastings set three to send the match into set four.
Dordt really began to assert itself never really giving the Broncos a chance late and avoiding the upset.
Zoucha led the Broncos with 16 kills while hitting .256 for the match. Preissler finished with 11 kills while Katie Placke added 43 assists.
Hastings is now 15-9 (5-6) on the season and will be back in action Friday Oct. 24 as Morningside comes to town with first serve set for 7:30 p.m. at Lynn Farrell Arena.
Freshmen Lead the Way
True freshmen LaRose Currie, Caitlin Broadwell and Tara Ziegelbein combined for 29 kills as the 7th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball dominated Missouri Southern State (-13, -15, -16) Saturday evening in Joplin.
UNK is now 19-2 (11-2) while the Lions slip to 5-16 (2-11).
MSSU was just two points shy of upsetting 21st-ranked Central Missouri last weekend but eventually fell 16-14 in the fifth set. Today, the Lions had 16 kills and 23 errors to hit negative .076.
Recording 16 kills in the set second alone, UNK hit .265, registered eight blocks and dug up 49 balls. Finally, the Lopers served up six aces.
Currie (Vail, Colo.) paced the offense with 11 kills and a .526 hitting efficiency. She also had eight digs, three block assists and an ace.
Also on the outside, Broadwell (Lawrence, Kans.) registered 10 kills and a .400 attack percentage with Ziegelbein (Lincoln Lutheran) at eight kills and six blocks from the middle.
Next, senior libero Liz McGowan (G.I. Central Catholic) and junior setter Erin Seele (Johnstown, Colo.) both had two aces with junior Annie Wolfe (Omaha Marian) supplying 10 digs.
Southern was led by Katie Politte, who had nine kills and five digs.
UNK hosts Pitt State and SW Baptist next weekend.
Loper Runners Wrap Up Regular Season
The Nebraska-Kearney cross country teams were third (men) and 11th (women) at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open Saturday in Victoria, Kans.
Ranked 6th in the Central Region, the Loper men scored 110 points to trail only 5th-ranked Colorado School of Mines (33) and 6th-ranked Western State (45). Top-ranked Adams State was fourth (151) but held out some of their top runners.
UNK beat former RMAC rivals Colo.-Colo. Springs, Fort Lewis and New Mexico Highlands as well as region foe East Central (Okla.) and MIAA members Hays and NW Missouri State.
"For the most part, the men stayed under control in a tightly packed race," said UNK head coach Brady Bonsall. "Their confidence in a big race setting showed through today."
In the women's race, Kearney tallied 270 points to place ahead of six others, including Highlands, Regis and ECU. Adams (33) and Western (83) were 1-2.
Individually, Columbus sophomore Morgan Benesch was strong again, coming in 7thin 17:39.60. Jenna Thurman of Adams placed first thanks to a 17:14.00.
"Morgan ran an outstanding race against a quality field. Our two through four runners ran well with each other," said Bonsall. "We hope to get our fifth further up when the regional meet rolls around."
Three Lopers were between 53rd and 58th place, including Minden senior Jena Hansen (19:04.10).
The Kearney men saw North Platte senior Bryan Hill finish 10th (24:13.90) and Gordon sophomore Cole Wellnitz place 15th (24:24.50). Western's Ian Butler won the 8k race in 23:33.00.
This was UNK's final regular season meet of 2014. The MIAA Championships are November 8th in Bolivar, Mo.
Loper Women Claim Third Win
Junior Ellisa Janzen scored a rebound goal in the 78th minute to lift Nebraska-Kearney to a 1-0 win over NW Missouri State Sunday afternoon at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.
With the regular season winding down, both the Lopers (3-10-1, 3-6-0) and Bearcats (6-7-1, 3-6-1) are in the thick of the eight-team MIAA Tournament race.
UNK dominated the first half as they took the game's first five shots and had the ball in Bearcat territory most of the time. However, keeper Ashley Malloy made two saves to keep the contest scoreless heading into halftime.
Coming off a 3-0 loss at Fort hays State, Northwest came out the locker room with some more energy, recording three shots in the first 15 minutes. The best chance at scoring came in the 60th minute when a Cassie Phillips header, off a corner, was saved by Loper keeper Katelin Mielke (Millard West).
About 20 minutes later, UNK star Montanna Hsterman (Papillion) fired one from about 25 yards out that a diving Mallory managed to save. However, she just deflected the ball and it managed to hang right in front of the goal.
Janzen (Lincoln North Star) raced in and promptly tallied her first career goal. She rejoined UNK in mid-September after being with the squad back in 2012.
Northwest didn't have another great shot attempt with Mielke finishing with three saves and UNK's first shout out since a 1-0 home win over Washburn back in September.
Offensively, Hosterman had four of UNK's 12 shots with Hastings freshman Marika Van Brocklin taking two.
The Lopers head to Emporia State and Washburn next weekend.
Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.
District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).
This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.
In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.
A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).