No. 9 Nebraska visit No. 7 Ohio State Saturday night
Nebraska’s No.9 volleyball team (17-5, 11-2 Big Ten) ends a week on the rough road this Saturday, November 6, visiting Ohio State No.7 (18-5 , 8-5) at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio. The first service is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will air on Big Ten Network +. The game crowns a three-game road swing for the Huskers and is their fifth of five consecutive top-25 games.
This week’s action will air on Huskers Radio Network with the NU radio crew of John Baylor and Lauren Cook West. Baylor is in its 28th season handling play-by-play functions for the Husker volleyball program, and West, a former All-America passer at NU, will provide full color commentary for the sixth year in a row.
Huskers Radio Network will broadcast the games on HRN affiliate radios, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com and on the Huskers app.
â¢ Nebraska tops the Big Ten standings with 11-2.
â¢ Saturday night at No. 7 Ohio State is NU’s fifth straight ranked opponent in 15 days. Nebraska last faced five consecutive ranked opponents from December 1 to 15, 2018 in the NCAA Tournament (No. 24 Missouri, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 14 Oregon, No. 3 Illinois, No. 1 Stanford) .
â¢ Saturday is another meeting between Kenzie Knuckles and Kylie Murr from Ohio State. The duo were longtime teammates, having won two state championships together at Yorktown High School. They have also played together for several Munciana teams and have won two national club championships together.
â¢ With his first assist on Thursday in Illinois, Nicklin Hames took sole ownership of the Huskers’ rally-era record for career assists, as well as No. 2 on NU’s all-time roster.
â¢ Thursday’s 3-0 win over Illinois was Nebraska’s 11th of the season and fourth fall road sweep.
â¢ NU has averaged 16.7 digs per set this season – the best score since the 2006 team (16.9 d / s). In conference, the Huskers have an average of 18.2 d / s in the lead of the Big Ten.
â¢ The Huskers dropped three spots to 9th in the national AVCA poll this week.
â¢ Nebraska were the last undefeated team in the Big Ten. His 10-0 start was their second best since joining the conference in 2011.
â¢ Nebraska went on a 60-week streak in the AVCA poll’s top 10 before briefly dropping to 12th in the Sept. 20-27 releases. It was the only time the Huskers had placed outside the top 10 since September 18, 2017, when they were 14th.
â¢ Five of six NU freshmen have seen court this year.
Ohio State Buckeye Scouting
Ohio State is 18-5 (8-5 Big Ten) after losing 3-1 to No.11 Minnesota on Thursday night, ending a two-game winning streak. Gabby Gonzalez finished with 11 kills, and Mac Podraza managed a double-double with 37 assists and 13 digs. Kylie Murr had 30 digs in the game.
Rylee Rader ranks second in the Big Ten with a .437 conference game winning percentage, while Podraza is second with 11.54 assists per set. As a team, Ohio State (16.30 d / s) is third in recoveries per set, behind Nebraska (18.18 d / s) and Minnesota (17.54 d / s).
Jen Flynn Oldenburg is in her sophomore year at Ohio State with a career 34-9 record.
Noting Series: Against Ohio State
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Ohio State 17-8, including 11-5 in the John cook time. The Huskers have won six of the last seven in the series.
NU and OSU split a series last spring in Lincoln on March 12 and 13, with both games being played in five sets. The Huskers won 3-2 on the first night, followed by a 3-2 loss on the second night.
The Huskers have an 8-1 advantage over Ohio State on the road, having claimed three straight wins. This weekend is their first trip to Columbus, Ohio since October 24, 2018, when they earned a 3-1 victory.
Nebraska returns home to welcome Maryland on Friday, November 12, with the first service scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center. The game will be televised statewide on Nebraska Public Media, formerly known as NET. John Baylor and Lauren Cook West will also have the radio call on Huskers Radio Network.