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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Huskers, Wilcats will battle in football and volleyball

  • Nebraska and Northwestern will lock horns for a football and volleyball doubleheader in Lincoln on Saturday.
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  • Nebraska and Northwestern will lock horns for a football and volleyball doubleheader in Lincoln on Saturday.
    The football teams will play at 2:30 p.m. with television coverage by ESPN. Volleyball action will get underway at 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center with BTN.com providing video coverage. Both events can be heard on the Huskers radio network and over the internet at Huskers.com.
    Nebraska's football team will be looking to recover from a disappointing loss at unranked Minnesota last week. The defeat knocked Nebraska from the national ratings and has led pundits, both local and national, to question the direction of the program.
    For all the uncertainty that the Husker football team is enduring, its opponent for Saturday finds itself in a similar position. Northwestern opened the season with a 4-0 record and pushed Ohio State to the brink before falling short. Three additional losses followed that result however and, now, a team that once had its eye on a division title could be in danger of missing the postseason altogether.
    From a personnel‎ standpoint, both squads enter with injury issues. Northwestern enjoyed the return of do-it-all quarterback Kain Colter against Iowa last week, but will still enter this week without dynamic running back Venric Mark, who ran for a long touchdown against the Huskers last season.
    Nebraska's issues are at quarterback where Taylor Martinez has been ruled out for Saturday's contest. Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellog III, both of whom subbed at quarterback during Martinez's absences for the South Dakota State, Illinois and Purdue games, will be counted on once again to lead the offense.
    Turning to the volleyball court, the Huskers are rated No. 10 in the country and will be looking to add to a three-match Big 10 Conference winning streak against Northwestern.
    The Husker volleyball team's wins have come against Iowa, rated Ohio State and Illinois.
    Kill leaders for the Huskers are Kelsey Robinson, 328; Kadie Rolfzen, 213; Amber Rolfzen, 152; Megan Haggerty, 113; and Cecilia Hall, 104. Mary Pollmiller sets up the Huskers offense and has racked up 764 assists this year.
    Northwestern will enter the Saturday match with a record of 13-9. The Wildcats are not rated.
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