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Garrett Gamez had six points on three goals and three assists and the Tri-City Storm continued their dominant preseason, defeating the Des Moines Buccaneers 7-2 during the Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center on Friday afternoon.
In addition to Gamez's offensive dominance, the Storm also got goals from defenseman Bobby Nardella, and forwards Nick Master, Joel Herbert, and Mark Petaccio.
Nardella and Master had their tallies in the opening period, giving Tri-City a 2-0 lead after the first frame.
Gamez then found the back of the net twice in the middle stanza, opening up a 4-0 advantage for the Storm. Both of his goals in the second came via the power play.
Herbert made it 5-0 2:54 into the third, before Des Moines defenseman Corey Schueneman got the Bucs on the board.
The Storm's sixth goal came from Petaccio, who has been an offensive bright spot during preseason play.
Gamez's third goal was his best looking of the day, as he finished a perfect passing play with forward Conner Valesano to secure the hat trick and a 7-1 lead for Tri-City while short-handed.
Netminder Blake Weyrick got the start in net for the Storm and earned the win, making 28 saves.
Tri-City converted on three of their six power play opportunities in the game.
The Storm now have a record of 5-0-1 in the preseason.
Tri-City will play their final preseason game and finish the Fall Classic West with Fargo on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
The Storm will open the regular season in Lincoln on Sept. 26 in and return to Kearney for their home opener on Oct. 3 vs. Sioux Falls.

Kearney's Waggoner Named CSG Athlete of the Year

The Nebraska Sports Council has announced the 2014 Cornhusker State Games Athletes of the Year, including open-water swimmer Sharessa Gutierrez, 33 of Omaha; trap-shooter Aaron Lafler, 19, of Lincoln; multi-sport athlete Dave Waggoner, 67 of Kearney and wrestler Chance Fry, 14, of Lincoln.

The four honorees were chosen as the best among 13,460 competitors in the 30thannual Cornhusker State Games, held July 18-27 in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Criteria for the awards includes: CSG achievements, attitude/sportsmanship, other achievements and special circumstances. Athlete of the Year Awards, which are sponsored by Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, will be presented at the Council's awards banquet on Oct. 30 at the Del Ray Ballroom in Lincoln.

Waggoner teamed up with his 12-year old granddaughter Ashley to win the gold in the family rec doubles division of CSG Badminton. He also earned a silver in rec men's doubles and a bronze in rec mixed doubles. The 67 year-old learned of his award while in Rapid City competing in three sports-badminton, pickleball and pocket billiards-in the South Dakota State Senior Games. He also picked up three medals there.

"That's a heck of an honor," said Waggoner, who, according to his nominator, CSG Badmintor Director Bob Ericson, made modifications to his Kearney plumbing shop a few years ago to make space for a badminton court so he and friends could play during winter months.

Gutierrez won three gold medals in the CSG Open-Water Swimming competition and was first overall in both the 3K and 5K races. Open-Water Swimming Director Sue Nutty, who nominated Gutierrez, said Gutierrez had competed the past 10 years in the CSG pool swimming events and moving to longer distances and swimming in open water is not always an easy transition. She called Gutierrez' swimming "inspiring to watch."

Lafler started shooting trap as a 4th grader and began competing in the Cornhusker State Games as a 7th grader. Now 19, he has won 19 CSG medals including two more in the adult competition in 2014. Lafler's trapshooting accolades include a 2011 individual state championship in the 16-yard event and leading his squad to the 2013 high overall team championship. According to his nominator, Trapshooting Director Dave Tunink, Lafler is well known in the shooting community for being humble and helping younger shooters.

Fry racked up six wrestling gold medals and four iron man awards, bringing his four-year CSG medal count to 20, which could be as high as 26 had he not broken his collarbone and missed the Games in 2013. He was the only wrestler in 2014 to win gold in all six disciplines, including advantage, freestyle, takedown, scholastic, greco and beach. CSG Wrestling Director Craig Hellwege praised Fry's character, saying he is "always humble and well-liked among the wrestlers even though he stands out as a tough and skilled competitor."

CSG Male (Lafler), Female (Gutierrez) and Youth (Fry) Athletes of the Year have been nominated for national awards issued by the National Congress of State Games at its annual symposium, set to take place Oct. 13-15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The E. Lee Todd Senior Athlete of the Year Award is unique to Nebraska. Local awards are determined by a selection committee of sports officials and journalists.

Thursday's Volleyball Scores

Adams Central def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16
Alliance def. Sidney, 25-17, 27-25, 25-17
Alma def. Amherst, 14-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21
Archbishop Bergan def. Douglas County West, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19
Aurora def. Central City, 25-14, 25-13, 25-13
Blair def. Bennington, 25-20, 25-23, 25-27, 25-23
Chase County def. Wauneta-Palisade, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19
Creek Valley def. Sedgwick County, Colo., 25-19, 25-6, 17-25, 25-14
Crofton def. Pierce, 25-22, 25-16, 25-16
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Creighton, 27-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14
Elmwood-Murdock def. Weeping Water, 25-18, 25-13, 25-18
Emerson-Hubbard def. Allen, 25-17, 25-21, 25-16
Fillmore Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-14, 25-15, 25-10
Fort Calhoun def. Raymond Central, 25-16, 25-21, 26-24
Fremont def. South Sioux City, 25-21, 25-15, 25-12
Friend def. Dorchester, 25-10, 25-19, 25-8
Fullerton def. Twin River, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 27-25
Giltner def. Palmer, 25-10, 25-20, 25-13
Gretna def. Omaha Westside, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23
Guardian Angels def. O'Neill, 25-11, 25-13, 25-9
Hampton def. Osceola, 25-16, 25-20, 25-9
Harvard def. McCool Junction, 25-18, 15-25, 25-17, 25-21
Hastings def. Holdrege, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Aquinas, 22-25, 25-8, 25-20, 23-25, 16-14
Heartland def. Cross County, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15
Hemingford def. Edgemont, S.D., 25-9, 22-25, 25-12, 25-9
Hershey def. Sutherland, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19
Kearney Catholic def. Centura, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24
Lawrence-Nelson def. Shelton, 25-8, 25-9, 25-13
Lutheran High Northeast def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20
Millard West def. Millard South, 25-18, 26-28, 25-17, 23-25, 15-10
Morrill def. Garden County, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22
Mullen def. Hyannis, 26-24, 15-25, 25-16, 25-13
Niobrara/Verdigre def. Neligh-Oakdale, 27-25, 26-28, 25-11, 19-25, 15-12
North Central def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-15, 19-25, 25-14, 27-25
Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Beatrice, 25-27, 25-22, 22-25, 25-11, 15-5
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Bellevue East, 25-8, 25-18, 25-8
Omaha Mercy def. Omaha Roncalli, 25-18, 26-24, 18-25, 25-12
Ord def. West Holt, 25-9, 25-11, 25-11
Phillipsburg, Kan. def. McCook, 18-25, 25-10, 25-15, 24-26, 17-15
Pine Bluffs, Wyo. def. Kimball, 26-24, 13-25, 25-15, 19-25, 15-12
Plainview def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21
Platteview def. Syracuse, 25-19, 25-19, 25-17
Ponca def. Homer, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19, 25-15
Ralston def. Plattsmouth, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17
Randolph def. Wausa, 25-20, 25-13, 25-10
South Loup def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-5, 25-14, 25-10
Spalding Academy def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-9, 25-18, 25-17
Superior def. Tri County, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18
Wahoo def. Yutan, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20
Wakefield def. Pender, 25-13, 25-22, 25-23
West Point-Beemer def. Madison, 26-28, 25-22, 25-21, 25-14
Winside def. Bloomfield, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18
Axtell Triangular
Axtell def. Loomis, 25-13, 23-25, 25-12
Axtell def. Elwood, 25-13, 23-25, 25-12
Elwood def. Loomis, 25-13, 25-9
Bertrand Triangular
Bertrand def. Arapahoe, 25-12, 25-12
Southern Valley def. Bertrand, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20
Southern Valley def. Arapahoe, 25-16, 25-15
Boone Central/Newman Grove Triangular
Boone Central/Newman Grove def. Norfolk Catholic, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21
Stanton def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23
Stanton def. Norfolk Catholic, 25-10, 25-18
Boyd County Triangular
Boyd County def. South Central, S.D., 25-8, 25-18
Stuart def. Boyd County, 25-22, 25-22
Broken Bow Triangular
Broken Bow def. Lexington, 25-19, 25-18
Broken Bow def. Ravenna, 25-19, 25-18
Ravenna def. Lexington, 25-10, 27-25
Burwell Triangular
Burwell def. Central Valley, 25-14, 25-17
Nebraska Christian def. Burwell, 25-21, 25-18
Nebraska Christian def. Central Valley, 25-23, 25-14
Centennial Triangular
Shelby/Rising City def. Centennial, 25-21, 25-20
Sutton def. Centennial, 25-12, 25-22
Sutton def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-22, 25-15
Clarkson/Leigh Triangular
High Plains Community def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-23, 25-21
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-17, 25-9
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. High Plains Community, 25-12, 25-27, 25-8
Falls City Triangular
Auburn def. Nebraska City, 25-9, 25-23
Falls City def. Nebraska City, 25-11, 25-20
Falls City def. Auburn, 25-20, 27-25
Franklin Triangular
Deshler def. Franklin, 26-24, 21-25, 25-15
Kenesaw def. Franklin, 19-25, 25-10, 25-18
Gering Triangular
Chadron def. Gering, 25-15, 27-29, 25-21
Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-10, 25-11
Gering def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-18, 25-10
Heartland Lutheran Triangular
Cedar Bluffs def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-12, 25-15
Cedar Bluffs def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-15, 25-20
Heartland Lutheran def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23
Milford Triangular
Malcolm def. David City, 25-14, 16-25, 25-19
Malcolm def. Milford, 29-27, 21-25, 25-19
Milford def. David City, 25-10, 25-23
MUDECAS Tournament
Class B
Fifth Place
Lewiston def. Johnson County Central, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22
Third Place
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Sterling, 25-22, 25-12
Meridian def. Palmyra, 25-21, 25-13
Class A
Fifth Place
Diller-Odell def. Pawnee City, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18
Third Place
Exeter/Milligan def. Johnson-Brock, 25-22, 25-23
Freeman def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-16, 25-12
Overton Triangular
Elm Creek def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-18, 25-9
Overton def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-18, 26-24
Overton def. Elm Creek, 25-18, 25-21
Paxton Triangular
Paxton def. Perkins County, 25-8, 25-14
Paxton def. South Platte, 25-8, 25-16
South Platte def. Perkins County, 25-21, 25-16
Santee Triangular
Omaha Nation def. Walthill, 25-17, 25-21
Walthill def. Santee, 25-18, 25-18

Huskers Head into Showdown with Miami

The Nebraska football team continued its preparations for their Saturday night showdown with the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon, as the Huskers conducted a 50-minute walk-thru inside of the Hawks Championship Center.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini met with the media afterward, mentioning that the Huskers have had a good week of preparation leading up the game Saturday night.

"We have had a good couple days, I think our guys are recovered from the weekend-from the travel and all that," Pelini said. "I think we have had good tempo, and I think we have had a good week of preparation. We need to finish it up tomorrow and get ready to go."
After the close victory over FCS opponent McNeese State two weeks ago, Pelini believes the team has bounced back nicely do to solid leadership.
"We did not have to say that much, I didn't have to say much, I think our guys are focused and have handled themselves in the right way," he said. "They do the right things off the field-knock on wood, the key is to get better."

Pelini announced that junior wide receiver Sam Burtch will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Burtch, a Elmwood-Murdock product, recorded 12 receptions for 147 yards last season, including three touchdowns.
With Burtch out, look for sophomore walk-on Lane Hovey of Adel, Iowa to step in and fill some of the void. Hovey performed nicely at NU's last game at Fresno State, recording three receptions for 48 yards, with a long of 29.

The Nebraska football team will have one more practice Fridayafternoon before its Saturday night showdown with Miami. The game between the Huskers and Hurricanes will be nationally televised on ESPN2 with a kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Pregame begins at 200pm on "The Breeze, 94.5fm".

Nine Games Picked up by ESPN Family of Networks; Two Under CBS Consideration

Fans who want to the see the 2014-15 Huskers in action on television or online will have ample opportunities this season, as the Big Ten, along with its broadcast partners CBS and ESPN, announced the remainder of their 2014-15 television packages for the upcoming season on Thursday.
In all, Nebraska will make 15 regular-season appearances on ESPN networks during the 2014-15 season, as six games had been previously announced, including Super Tuesdaygames at Michigan (Jan. 27) and vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 10).
The Huskers, who are coming off a 19-13 season and an NCAA Tournament appearance, will make nine additional appearances on the ESPN Family of networks in Big Ten play, including appearances on ESPN or ESPNU2 at Wisconsin (Jan. 15, 8 p.m.), against Michigan State (Jan. 24, 3 or 6 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 26, 6 p.m.). Nebraska will made a pair of appearances on ESPNU, hosting Rutgers (Jan. 8, 8 p.m.) and traveling to Penn State (Feb. 7, 4 p.m.).
Four of Nebraska's non-conference games will be available on ESPN3, including tilts with Central Arkansas (Nov. 18, 7 p.m.), Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 25, 7 p.m.), Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 28, TBA) and Incarnate Word (Dec. 10, 7 p.m.). The evening start time against Tennessee-Martin will determined after the start time for the Nebraska-Iowa football game is announced.
In addition, Nebraska's games against Iowa (Feb. 22) and Maryland (March 8) at Pinnacle Bank Arena are under consideration for Wildcard Weekend selections by CBS. If they are not selected for CBS broadcast, they will air on BTN. All of Nebraska's 18 conference games will be available nationally and at least 29 regular-season games will be available on TV or on the Internet.
Day Date Opponent Location TV/Online Time
Tuesday Nov. 18 Central Arkansas Pinnacle Bank Arena ESPN3 7 p.m.
Tuesday Nov. 25 Nebraska-Omaha Pinnacle Bank Arena ESPN3 7 p.m.
Friday Nov. 28 Tennessee-Martin Pinnacle Bank Arena ESPN3 TBA
Wednesday Dec. 10 Incarnate Word Pinnacle Bank Arena ESPN3 7 p.m.
Thursday Jan. 8 Rutgers # Pinnacle Bank Arena ESPNU 8 p.m.
Thursday Jan. 15 at Wisconsin # Madison, Wis. ESPN/2 8 p.m.
Saturday Jan. 24 Michigan State # Pinnacle Bank Arena ESPN/2 3/6 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 7 at Penn State # University Park., Pa. ESPNU 3 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 22 Iowa # Pinnacle Bank Arena CBS/BTN TBA (2)
Thursday Feb. 26 at Ohio State # Columbus, Ohio ESPN/2 6 p.m.
Sunday March 8 Maryland # Pinnacle Bank Arena CBS/BTN TBA (3)

This Saturday at Husker Nation Pavilion

The Husker Nation Pavilion presented by CenturyLink will be open Saturday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. (three hours before kickoff) for Nebraska's game against the Miami Hurricanes at Memorial Stadium. The Pavilion, located north of Memorial Stadium on the Gass Practice Field, offers fun with family-friendly entertainment for every game.
Activities at the Pavilion will be open to fans from 4 p.m. right up until kickoff at 7 p.m.
While the activities will end when the football game begins, fans are still welcome to watch the game, which is being televised nationally by ESPN2 at the Pavilion live on the big screen.
The nation's premier pregame party, the Husker Nation Pavilion provides free and fun activities for the whole family. The Pavilion features great games and activities for kids.
The Gass FieldTurf practice area is available for kids of all ages to stretch out on before the game. The FieldTurf area is exactly like the FieldTurf inside Memorial Stadium and the nearby Hawks Championship Center, and is one of the fields the Huskers use in their preparations each week.
The Nebraska football team's grass practice field and the track will be closed to fans.
Husker Nation Pavilion Highlights
Fun & Inflatables - The Husker Nation Pavilion presented by CenturyLink features games for kids of all ages, including inflatable games (weather permitting) and obstacle courses. Field goal kick, quarterback toss, basketball shot, and baseball/softball pitch speed games will all be available for kids to play at the Pavilion.
Unity Walk - Husker fans are encouraged to join the new path of the Nebraska football team's Unity Walk. The team expects to arrive on the East side of Memorial Stadium, directly in front of the entrance to Nebraska's new East Stadium. The team's arrival is expected approximately two hours before kickoff (5 p.m. for Miami). Fans are encouraged to line the walkway, along with members of the Husker Spirit Squad and Nebraska band members, as the Huskers enter East Stadium through Gate 20.
Food Vendors - A food vending area will be located in the East Plaza. Face painters and balloon twisters will also be on hand.
Huskers Authentic Team Store - Nebraska's official team store - Huskers Authentic - will not be in the Pavilion, but fans are encouraged to visit the new Huskers Authentic Team Store in East Stadium. Huskers Authentic also will have a satellite store open for fans on the East side of the Pavilion.
Big Screen & Bleacher Seating - Seating is available for fans to help them relax while watching the video board or meeting friends before the game. Saturday'sgame with Miami, which is being televised by ESPN2, will be available on the Husker Nation Pavilion screen.
Gass Practice Field - The Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field is available for youngsters and families. The FieldTurf surface on the practice field next to the Hawks Championship Center offers fans a fun place to stretch out before the games - just like the Huskers during their game-week preparations. Nebraska's grass football practice field, the Nebraska Soccer Field and the track surface are not available to football fans.
Autograph Zone - Members of Nebraska's 1994 National Championship Team, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a reunion this weekend in Lincoln, will be signing in the Autograph Zone this weekend. Team members planning to be in the Autograph Zone include: Jacques Allen, Reggie Baul, Darren Brummond, Brady Caskey, Assistant Coach George Darlington, Aaron Davis, Dave Ellis, Phil Ellis, Ben Gessford, Trent Gumm, Billy Haafke, Luther Hardin, Josh Heskew, Jerad Higman, Brendan Holbein, Sheldon Jackson, Vershan Jackson, Jason Jenkins, Clester Johnson, Donta Jones, Jesse Kosch, Bill Lafleur, Jeff Lake, Troy Langan, Jeff Makovicka, John Martin, Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride, Abdul Muhammad, Aaron Penland, Brett Popplewell, Bryan Pruitt, Mike Roberts, Scott Saltsman, Darren Schmadeke, Matt Shaw, Brendan Stai, Aaron Taylor, Ryan Terwilliger, Ross Tessendorf, Jared Tomich, Larry Townsend, Matt Turman, Tony Veland, Riley Washington, Sean Wieting, Joel Wilks, Jamel Williams, Trampis Wrice.
Pavilion Entrances & Exits - Fans can enter the Husker Nation Pavilion from both the East and West gates at field level outside of the Ed Weir Track & Field/Nebraska Soccer Stadium (North side of Memorial Stadium). Fans who plan to watch the game on the big screen can enter through the South gates near the Columns above the track (East side of Memorial Stadium).

Huskers Rally for 3-1 Win Against Creighton

The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team rallied from a slow start to defeat the Creighton Bluejays 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20) in the first meeting between the teams since 2011 before 8,060 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday night.
The Huskers improved to 6-2 with their sixth straight win. Creighton fell to 6-4. Kadie Rolfzen led the Huskers with a season-high 16 kills and added 10 digs and five blocks. Alicia Ostrander provided a big spark off the bench, coming on in the middle of the third set and finishing with seven kills and two blocks. She hit a career-best .353 and gave the Huskers a boost when they had just let Creighton back into set three.
Amber Rolfzen had seven kills and seven digs, and Kelsey Fien had six kills. Meghan Haggerty had five kills and six of Nebraska's season-high-tying14 blocks. Mary Pollmiller had 39 assists and eight digs, and Justine Wong-Orantes had 18 digs.
The Huskers hit .134, the lowest they've hit in a match that they've won in the John Cook era (dating back to 2000). They were able to secure the win by holding the Bluejays to a .126 hitting percentage. Both teams had 31 attacking errors, but the Bluejays had 12 service errors to just four for the Huskers. Nebraska outdug Creighton 59-54, and blocks were nearly identical with Creighton holding a 14.5-14.0 advantage. Creighton's Kelli Browning had 17 kills and hit .400 on the night.
The Huskers fell behind 6-3 in the first set but came back to tie it at 8-8 on Melanie Keil's kill down the right side. Creighton went up 11-9, 13-11 and 14-12 before the Huskers rallied to tie the set each time. The Jays continued to fend off the Husker rallies, but with CU leading 19-17, the Bluejays served long and then tipped wide after a long rally to even the set again at 19-19. But out of a timeout, Lauren Smith killed the Husker momentum for a 20-19 lead, and Nebraska hit long to fall down 21-19. Kadie Rolfzen's kill brought NU within 21-20, but Smith terminated at the middle of the net and the Bluejays blocked an NU attack to go up 23-20, and the Jays closed out the 25-21 win from there. NU hit .000 in the first set with nine attacking errors, while Creighton hit .135 with eight errors.
The Huskers trailed 3-2 in the second set but went on a 9-0 run to take an 11-3 lead. The run began with a CU service error, kills by Amber Rolfzen, Kadie Rolfzen and two CU attacking errors, forcing a Bluejay timeout. The timeout didn't stop NU this time though, as Haggerty thwarted a Creighton attack and Wong-Orantes served an ace for a 9-3 Husker lead. Creighton then hit wide again and trailed 10-3, and Kadie Rolfzen swung down from the outside to finish the 9-0 run. Creighton gradually crept back into the set and cut it to 18-17 on a back row kill from Melanie Jereb to force an NU timeout. Kadie Rolfzen hammered down a kill to put the Huskers up 19-17, and Pollmiller caught Creighton by surprise with a dump to the back row for a 20-17 lead. Haggerty's fourth block of the match made it 21-17. The Jays got back within 23-22 to make it interesting, but Fien banged down her sixth kill of the match, and Pollmiller served up a clutch ace to end the set at 25-22. NU hit .200 in the second set with 14 kills and seven errors. Creighton actually hit better in the second set (.189) than it did the first, but the Jays committed three service errors and two receiving errors.
Cecilia Hall got NU off and running in set three with two blocks and a kill to help the Huskers build a 7-1 lead and force a Bluejay timeout. But Creighton rallied to tie the set at 11-11 and force an NU timeout. After a lengthy rally, CU hit long to give NU a 12-11 lead, and Ostrander provided a solo block immediately off the bench for a 13-11 lead. Ostrander, Kadie Rolfzen and Hall recorded consecutive kills to put NU up 16-12. Haggerty and Kadie Rolfzen teamed up for a block to make it 18-13, then Kadie Rolfzen caught Creighton off guard with a sneaky soft touch just over the net to make it 19-13. Ostrander continued to provide a spark off the bench in the third set with a kill to make it 22-16 and another for a 23-17 lead. Amber Rolfzen finished off the set with a kill to give the Huskers a 25-20 win and the 2-1 lead in the match.
The teams battled in the fourth set with neither grabbing more than a two-point lead until the Huskers went up 13-9 after consecutive kills by Ostrander. NU gained separation at 16-10 on a combined block from Hall and Kadie Rolfzen. Creighton got within three points on two occasions, but Nebraska held off the Jays for the 25-20 match-clinching win in set four.
Nebraska finishes non-conference play by hosting No. 2 Texas on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports center. The match will be broadcast on NET.

Loper Hall of Fame Banquet Friday Night

The Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Department will honor the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Members this Friday, September 19th.

The 2014 class is Kenya Crandell (basketball), Class of 1996; Cindy Cohn (softball), Class of 1997; Beth Swift Dye (basketball and tennis), Class of 2003; Frank Kuchera (wrestling), Class of 2003; and Mike Smith (football), Class of 1998.

The group will be honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet in the Ponderosa Room of the Nebraskan Student Union. Tickets are $ 30.00 per person and can be obtained by contacting Brette Ensz ( of the UNK Alumni office. The program will start at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the class will be recognized at half time of the Homecoming football game vs. Missouri Southern State. That contest kicks off at 3:00 p.m.

Three Huskers To Represent Team USA at World Championships

Three former Husker volleyball players will represent Team USA at the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship Italy 2014 later this month.
Team USA Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff released their roster of 14 players on Wednesday, and Kayla Banwarth, Jordan Larson-Burbach and Kelsey Robinson all made the final squad. Nebraska and Penn State tied for the most selections with three each.
Earlier this summer, Banwarth, Larson-Burbach and Robinson represented the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team at the USA Volleyball Cup and the FIVB World Grand Prix.
The World Championship, held every four years, is a 24-team event with four groups of six countries competing in the first round from Sept. 23-28. After the round-robin format of the first round, the top four teams in each first-round pool move on to the second round Pools E and F that take place Oct. 1-5 in four Italian cities. Records against teams advancing from the first round carry over to the second round crossover matches. The top three teams from the two second-round pools advance to the Final Round set for Oct. 8-10 in Milan. The medal-round matches take place Oct. 12 after the Oct. 11 semifinals.
The Americans are grouped into the first round Pool C in Verona with No. 5 Russia, No. 12 Thailand, No. 20 Netherlands, No. 24 Kazakhstan and No. 26 Mexico. Team USA opens with NORCECA rival Mexico at 1 p.m. CT on Sept. 23, then has a quick turnaround on the court to face Kazakhstan on Sept. 24 at 3:30 a.m. CT. The U.S. challenges Netherlands on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. CT before the off day on Sept. 26. Team USA takes on Thailand on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. CT before concluding Pool C against Russia on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. CT.
Universal Sports will live video stream all of the U.S. Women's matches as well as have select contests broadcasts on its television channel. For details, click here.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster for FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014
# - Name (Position, Ht, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., University of Southern California)
9 – Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
12 – Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
13 – Christa Dietzen (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford University)
19 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
21 – Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
22 – Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)

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).

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