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Huskers Move Up To Tie for Fourth in AVCA Poll

The Nebraska volleyball team shares its spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the second straight week, but this time at No. 4. The Huskers moved up one spot and are tied with Florida with 1,366 points. Nebraska (3-0) received one first-place vote and surpassed Wisconsin, who was tied for fifth with NU last week but was upset by Western Kentucky on Friday.

Penn State remained at the top and got 54 first-place votes. Stanford (eight first-place votes) and Texas (one first-place vote) are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

The Huskers will face No. 3 Texas and No. 11 Oregon this weekend at the VERT Challenge in Austin, Texas. Florida is also playing in the tournament, putting three of the nation's top-four ranked teams in the field.

AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll
Week #1 Poll: August 31, 2015

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2015
Record Previous Week
1 Penn State (54) 1565 3-0 1
2 Stanford (8) 1520 2-0 2
3 Texas (1) 1448 3-0 3
T-4 Florida 1366 2-0 4
T-4 Nebraska (1) 1366 3-0 5
6 Illinois 1250 3-0 8
7 Washington 1172 3-0 10
8 Southern California 987 3-0 22
9 Colorado State 966 3-0 12
10 Kentucky 895 3-0 15
11 Oregon 885 3-0 13
12 BYU 854 2-1 11
13 Wisconsin 834 2-1 5
14 Florida State 743 2-1 9
15 Arizona State 730 3-0 16
16 Arizona 658 3-0 17
17 Hawai'i 648 3-0 18
18 North Carolina 609 1-2 7
19 Michigan State 349 2-1 19
20 Western Kentucky 341 3-0 NR
21 Colorado 334 2-1 24
22 Ohio State 242 2-1 14
23 San Diego 202 2-1 NR
24 Purdue 171 3-0 NR
25 UCLA 88 1-1 20

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Long Beach State 79; Texas A&M 69; Marquette 64; Iowa State 59; Kansas 59; Duke 49; Michigan 42; Utah 30; Miami (FL) 22; Loyola Marymount 20; Lipscomb 18; Wyoming 13; Wichita State 12; Oklahoma 11; Oregon State 4

Hunter Named B1G Setter of the Week

Kelly Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Monday, the conference office announced.

The honor is the first career one for Hunter, a sophomore from Papillion, Neb. The Husker captain was named the most valuable player of the Nebraska Invitationalon Saturday. She led Nebraska to a 3-0 record with 12.0 assists per set, 2.2 digs per set and 1.2 kills per set.

Hunter set career highs of 50 assists, 11 digs and eight kills in a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night, nearly missing Nebraska's first triple-double since 2002. She guided the Husker offense to a .317 hitting percentage for the weekend.

2015 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week
Sept. 1
P: Michelle Strizak, Jr., ILL
D: Brandi Donnelly, So., ILL
S: Kelly Hunter, So., NEB
F: Jordyn Poulter, Fr., ILL

Local Sports 8-31-2015

The Nebraska football team will open the season on Saturday against BYU. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30pm. Pre-game show begins at 9:30am on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.

The Nebraska volleyball team finished off an unbeaten weekend at the Nebraska Invitational with a four game victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The Huskers won the match 25-9, 25-20, 27-29, 25-19. Annika Albrecht had 18 kills for Nebraska. Kadie Rolfzen had 17. Nebraska is now 3-0 on the season and will play at Texas on Friday.

The Nebraska women's soccer team beat Central Michigan 4-3 in double overtime on Friday night. The Huskers are now 2-0 on the season and will play 11th ranked BYU tonight at 7:05pm.

The Hastings College football team will kickoff the season on Saturday at Bethel College in North Newton Kansas. Game time will be at 6:00pm. Pre-game show begins at 5:00pm on 1230AM KHAS.

The Hastings College volleyball team is now 4-1 on the season after beating Bellevue University on Friday. The scores were 19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 16-14. Logan Drueppel and Jennifer Klaudt had 12 kills apiece. Hastings will play in the Bellevue Labor Day Classic this weekend.

The Hastings College women's soccer team opened the season with a 2-1 win over Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday. Taylor Geis scored both goals for the Broncos. Hastings will play St. Thomas of Florida on Friday in Miami.

Ashford University beat the Hastings College men's soccer team 1-0 on Saturday. Hastings will play at 10th ranked Indiana Wesleyan on Friday in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The new high school football ratings are out today in the Lincoln Journal Star. Millard North is ranked number one in Class A. Omaha Skutt tops the Class B poll. Aurora is ninth. Norfolk Catholic leads in Class C-1. Kearney Catholic is 4th. Holdrege is 10th. Aquinas is on top in Class C-2. Hastings St. Cecilia is 2nd, Sutton is 4th, Gibbon is 7th and Doniphan/Trumbull is 8th. Guardian Angels Central Catholic is number one in Class D-1. Bruning Davenport Shickley is 2nd, Blue Hill is 4th. Humphrey St. Francis leads in Class D-2. Kenesaw is 2nd, Giltner is 5th.

Tampa Bay beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 yesterday. The Royals still lead the American League Central Division by 13 games over Minnesota. Kansas City will play host to Detroit on Tuesday beginning at 7:10pm. Pre-game show begins at 6:30pm on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.

Lopers Open Season Thursday

The Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Department announced today parking, tailgating and ticket arrangements for this Thursday's (September 3rd) home football game vs. fifth-ranked Northwest Missouri State.

The 2015 season opener – the First National Bank First Game -- is expected to draw a crowd large enough to set a new record for Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field. In the 2005 opener, 8,823 fans watched UNK face Nebraska-Omaha to set the standard.

With the fall semester underway and night classes in session, parking on campus will be extremely limited for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

Fans are encouraged to use the free shuttle services that will run from Kearney High (3610 6th Avenue), West Campus and The Buckle screen printing lot. These shuttles will start to pick up at 4:00 p.m. and run for an hour after the game ends.

See the campus maps (shuttle # 1 & shuttle # 2/parking map) for more details about the route.

Loper and Bearcat fans are also encouraged to buy their tickets early to avoid long lines the day of the game. Log on to to buy single game or season tickets; around 2,500 tickets (season and single game) have already been sold and the majority of UNK's on-campus students (2,000) are likely to attend.

Gates to the stadium will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff (5:30 p.m.). Note this year UNK is offering a separate gate for fans with purses or bags. The Express Zone will be Gate B and the Bag Check line will be Gate C. Both gates are located on the West side of the stadium.

Fans are allowed to bring in unopened bottles of water. With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90's, fans are encouraged to do so.

Next, UNK fans will be allowed to tailgate in "Loperville" beginning at 4:00 p.m. This expanded area, located in Lot # 12, will again have food and drink provided by The Cellar Bar & Grill, as well as music and a new student tailgate area.

Northwest fans are encouraged to tailgate (starting after 2:00 p.m.) in Lot 20 located down the hill from the Kearney C.C. (2800 19th Avenue). The lot is about a block from the stadium.

During the game, the South end zone area will be turned into "Loperland", an area for young children to play on inflatables and Jump A Roos. Also, the Loper Loonies (UNK student booster group) will be making their 2015-16 debut.

Northwest is coming off 10-2 season in which it made another appearance in the Division II playoffs. A talented roster features preseason All-Americans Brandon Yost (defensive line) and Bryce Enyard (defensive back).

The Lopers have 19 return starters, including 2014 All-MIAA honorees Romero Cotton (running back) and Tyke Kozeal (linebacker).

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