Huskers travel to California
After improving to 3-0 during the opening weekend of the 2012 season, including a 3-2 win over defending NCAA Champion UCLA, the Nebraska volleyball team will travel to Irvine, Calif., for a pair of matches on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Huskers will take on the Colgate Raiders on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT, before a match up with the UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday at 10 p.m. CT.
The Huskers' matches with the Raiders and Anteaters will be the first meeting between both schools.
Nebraska Ranked No. 1
The No. 1 ranking represents the 83rd week that Nebraska has been ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Since 2001, the Huskers have been ranked No. 1 for 50 weeks, including holding the top spot nationally for the entire 2006 season and for 15 weeks during the 2005 season. The last time Nebraska was ranked No. 1 was on October 24, 2011.
Cook Earns Big Ten Weekly Honors
Nebraska senior Lauren Cook was honored by the Big Ten Conference after being selected as the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week and the Big Ten Setter of the Week. The awards mark her first Big Ten weekly honors.
Cook guided the Husker attack to wins over Saint Louis (3-0), No. 1 UCLA (3-2) and Notre Dame (3-0) over the weekend. She notched double-doubles in all three matches, including 56 assists and 22 digs against the Bruins. Cook averaged 10.7 assists, 4.4 digs and 0.4 blocks per set. She also tabbed 27 assists against Saint Louis and 35 against Notre Dame, helping Nebraska hit .365 against the Fighting Irish.
Scouting the Colgate Raiders
Â• Colgate is 0-3 on the season, suffering losses to Bryant (2-3), Illinois-Chicago (0-3) and Syracuse (1-3) last weekend.
Â• The Raiders returned Kaylee Fifer to the 2012 squad, as she led the Colgate offense in 2011 with 1,016 assists and 9.32 assists per set. In addition, Lindsay Young returned for Colgate after notching 365 kills in 2011, including 3.32 kills per set. Caitlin Cremin had 403 digs in 2011, averaging 3.63 digs per set.
Â• In the Raiders loss to Syracuse, Young recorded 20 kills on 50 swings for a .220 hitting percentage and posted a team-high 13 digs. She was named to the Colgate Classic All-Tournament Team.
Â• Diane Seely was a force early in the match with Syracuse, helping Colgate keep pace with the Orange. She totaled 12 kills on 26 swings for a .308 hitting percentage.
Â• Colgate Head Coach Ryan Baker is in his seventh year with the program. He holds a 113-96 record as a head coach and a 92-85 record at Colgate. He led the 2011 squad to the Patriot League Tournament for the fifth time in six seasons in 2011.
Â• The Raiders will take on Loyola Marymount and Arizona State on Friday, before facing UC Irvine prior to their match with the Huskers.
Scouting the UC Irvine Anteaters
Â• UC Irvine enters this weekend with a 1-2 record after falling to Kansas State and Oregon State, but beating Oakland at the Kansas State Tournament last weekend.
Â• The Anteaters returned All-Big West honorable mention outside hitter Aly Squires to the 2012 roster. She notched 372 kills, 3.41 kills per set and 338 digs as a sophomore in 2011. Also returning for UC Irvine is libero Kristin Winker, who totaled 573 digs in 2011, including 5.12 digs per set. Setter Marissa Alvarez returns after posting 4.66 assists per set in 2011.
Â• Redshirt freshman Marisa Bubica had nine kills for UC-Irvine against Kansas State. Aly Squires and Taylor Smith each chipped in five kills, while Kristin Winkler led all players with 15 digs. Alvarez paced the team with 18 assists.
Â• UC Irvine had three players with double digit kills in its loss to Oregon State, as Squires posted a match-high 16 kills, while Bubica had 14 and Taylor Smith recorded 10 kills on 22 attempts. Winkler posted 26 digs and Alvarez notched a double-double with 51 assists and 10 digs.
Â• In the Anteaters win over Oakland, Squires boasted a .320 hitting percentage, posting just four errors in 50 attempts. Winkler notched her second 20+ dig match with 27 digs, while Alvarez recorded 38 assists and 11 digs. Arielle Manz had no errors on the day, hitting .538 (7-0-13).
Â• Head Coach Paula Weishoff enters her fourth season at the helm of the UC Irvine program. She has served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women's National team for two consecutive years, helping the Olympic Women's Volleyball team to a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She holds a 40-49 overall record during her time at UC Irvine.
Â•Nebraska enters this weekend's matches with a 3-0 record and No. 1 national ranking.
Â•The Huskers return first-team AVCA All-American Gina Mancuso and AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans Lauren Cook, Hannah Werth and Morgan Broekhuis to the 2012 roster.
Â• Nebraska is the second-winningest program in Division I history with 1,143 wins and trails only UCLA (1,159) on the all-time list.
Â• The defending Big Ten Champion Huskers were picked as the favorite to win the Big Ten title in 2012, while Lauren Cook, Hannah Werth and Gina Mancuso were picked as All-Big Ten selections.
Â• Nebraska currently has 166 consecutive sellouts at the NU Coliseum, the longest sellout streak across all NCAA women's athletics. The Huskers averaged 4,522 fans per home contest last season.
Â• Nebraska has 10 players on its 2012 roster who were Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selections, representing the top-50 players in that year's recruiting class. Five of the Huskers' last seven recruiting classes have ranked in the top five nationally, including the 2009 class that was ranked second by Prepvolleyball.com
Â• Nebraska continued its string of All-America success in 2011, as Gina Mancuso was named an AVCA All-American. Mancuso upped Nebraska's NCAA-leading totals to 35 players and 71 certificates. Nebraska has had at least one All-American every season since 1983, a total of 30 straight seasons, including 36 All-America awards in Cook's 12 years at Nebraska.
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