Headline Matchup: No. 4 Nebraska vs. No. 21 Kentucky
As the sun sets this Sunday, volleyball enthusiasts nationwide will tune into the Big Ten Network or FoxSports.com to witness a clash of titans. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team concludes its non-conference schedule against the No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Chris Vosters and Emily Ehman are slated to give us the play-by-play and color commentary, while local fans can catch the action on Huskers Radio Network, broadcasting on 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha.
The Husker Powerhouse
Eight matches into the season, and Nebraska’s record remains pristine. The Cornhuskers are unbeaten, emulating their incredible 2016 season where they started 12-0. Fresh from a stunning 3-1 road win against No. 5 Stanford, the team’s confidence is at an all-time high.
The Huskers have been a defensive juggernaut, limiting opponents to a .076 hitting percentage. The Big Red is also averaging 2.98 blocks per set, and the spotlight shines bright on Lexi Rodriguez, the two-time All-America junior libero who paces the defense with 3.38 digs per set.
Offensively, freshman sensation Harper Murray has been a revelation. She’s coming off an extraordinary performance that earned her the title of Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Aug. 28.
Junior Merritt Beason and freshman Andi Jackson are the other standout performers. Beason leads with 3.15 kills per set, while Jackson is off to a red-hot start, averaging 2.26 kills per set on a team-high .518 hitting percentage.
Kentucky, despite a 2-5 record, shouldn’t be underestimated. They’ve lost only to top 20 teams this season, demonstrating their mettle against formidable opponents. Keep an eye on Reagan Rutherford, who leads the Wildcats with 3.63 kills per set and was a third-team All-American last year.
The Historic Tilt
Historically, Nebraska owns a 10-2 all-time record against Kentucky and has won nine consecutive matches in the series. Can Coach John Cook extend his personal 5-0 record against Kentucky’s head coach Craig Skinner? The stage is set for another Husker triumph.
The Bigger Picture
Let’s not forget the milestones. Nebraska made history on Aug. 30, playing before an audience of 92,003, setting the record for the largest crowd to watch a women’s sporting event in the United States, and possibly the world.
And in the coaches’ corner, AVCA Hall of Famer John Cook continues his storied 24th season at Nebraska, looking for win 826 to add to his stellar coaching resume.
The Final Word
This Sunday’s match offers more than just a game; it’s a spectacle showcasing the potential of women’s sports, the quality of collegiate volleyball, and the continuation of a proud Husker tradition. Set your calendars, Husker fans. This is a match you don’t want to miss.
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Catch the Huskers in action this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss it!
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