The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team returns to the Devaney Center for four straight matches at home, beginning with No. 22 Purdue and Indiana this weekend. Nebraska and Purdue will serve it up at 7 p.m. on Friday, while the Huskers and Hoosiers will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, a start time that was changed two weeks ago when Nebraska’s football game on Saturday was set for 2:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed with a BTN Plus subscription at BTN2GO.com. Starting this weekend, matches that are streamed on BTN Plus will also be streamed at FloVolleyball.TV with a subscription.
Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
About the Huskers
• The Huskers enter the weekend with an 18-4 overall record and 11-1 mark in the Big Ten. Nebraska began the week tied with Penn State atop the Big Ten standings, though the Huskers beat the Nittany Lions in the only match between the teams this season.
• Nebraska has a nation-leading 23-match home win streak. The last time the Huskers lost at the Devaney Center was Oct. 1, 2016 against Ohio State.
• With eight more kills, junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke will reach 1,000 career kills. She will become the 21st Husker all-time to amass 1,000 kills at Nebraska. Briana Holman is the only other current Husker with 1,000 career kills as she is at 1,295, although 836 were at LSU.
• Foecke leads the team with 3.42 kills per set and adds 2.32 digs per set. She has led the Huskers in kills in five straight matches and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. Over her last five matches, Foecke is averaging 3.86 kills on .387 hitting.
• Annika Albrecht provides 3.09 kills per set and 2.86 digs per set. Albrecht has 123 career service aces, which ranks eighth in NU career history.
• Jazz Sweet adds 2.36 kills per set.
• Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.60 assists per set and 2.74 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,602 career assists at NU.
• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.38 kills and 1.07 blocks per set.
• Nebraska ranks 17th nationally and first in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage at .155.
• The Huskers rank second among Big Ten teams in digs per set at 15.77.
• Nebraska is 19th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.27.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (517-69); 25th year overall (678-142)
• Dave Shondell, Purdue: 15th year at Purdue (318-171)
• Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan, Indiana: 11th year at Indiana (162-187); 15th year overall (275-209)
• Nebraska leads Purdue, 16-7. The Huskers are 7-3 against the Boilermakers since joining the Big Ten in 2011. The Huskers have won four straight in the series, including a 25-16, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18 win in West Lafayette on Oct. 14. Purdue’s last victory against the Huskers was a sweep in West Lafayette on Nov. 22, 2013.
• Nebraska leads Indiana, 13-1. The Huskers have won 13 straight meetings since 1978, including a perfect 12-0 record since NU joined the Big Ten in 2011. The Huskers have not dropped a set to IU in the last eight meetings dating back to 2012.