Huskers To Honor Pollmiller on Senior Night

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Huskers To Honor Pollmiller on Senior Night
The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team brings a seven-match win streak into Saturday’s Senior Night match against Michigan at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will honor their lone senior, setter Mary Pollmiller, at the match. Nebraska will be looking to even the season series against Michigan after the Wolverines swept the Huskers in Ann Arbor on Oct. 12, 25-19, 32-30, 25-21.

The Huskers are 19-7 overall and 13-4 in the Big Ten after defeating Indiana 3-0 Wednesday for their seventh straight win and second sweep of Indiana this season. Over their seven-match win streak, the Huskers are hitting .291 while holding their opponents to .128 hitting. Nebraska is 10-5 at home this season and has won four straight at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. John Cook is in his 15th season as head coach at Nebraska and is 432-55 leading the Huskers. The two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year is 593-128 in his 22nd overall season as a head coach.

Michigan enters Saturday’s match with a 12-15 overall record and 7-10 mark in Big Ten play. The Wolverines are coming off a three-set loss at home to Penn State on Wednesday. Mark Rosen is 318-206 in his 16th season as head coach at Michigan. Rosen has an overall DI record of 527-243 in his 22nd year as a head coach.

Media Information
Saturday’s match will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription. Fans can also listen to the action with John Baylor and Diane Mendenhall on the 25-station Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha. Fans inside and outside the state of Nebraska will also be able to catch the live audio feed on for free. Live stats will be available at as well.

Series History
Nebraska is 8-3 against Michigan and 5-2 since joining the Big Ten. Michigan swept the Huskers in Ann Arbor on Oct. 12. Abby Cole had 19 kills, while Adeja Lambert had 13 and Caroline Knop had 12. Alicia Ostrander (12) was the only Husker with more than six kills.

Scouting Michigan
Abby Cole leads the team with 3.66 kills per set and 0.93 blocks per set. She is hitting .372 on the season. Adeja Lambert adds 2.72 kills per set, and Caroline Knop is at 2.70 kills per set. Setter Lexi Dannemiller provides 11.38 assists per set – third-most in the Big Ten – while Tiffany Morales averages 3.83 digs per set.

Up Next
Nebraska is on the road the last week of the regular season with two top-10 challenges. The Huskers will play at No. 10 Illinois next Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on BTN Plus. NU will then head from Illinois to Penn State and play the No. 4 Nittany Lions next Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on BTN in the regular-season finale.

Noting the Huskers
• The Huskers have held seven straight opponents under .200 hitting for the first time since 2011. NU will seek to make it eight straight on Saturday for the first time since 2008, when NU went 13 straight matches holding opponents under .200.
• Nebraska ranks first in the Big Ten and 18th nationally with 2.88 blocks per set. Meghan Haggerty is third in the Big Ten with 1.32 blocks per set and tied her career high with 11 against Purdue on Nov. 5.
• In conference play only, the Huskers rank third in hitting percentage (.253) and fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.174).
• Kadie Rolfzen leads the Huskers with 3.57 kills per set and ranks seventh in the Big Ten. The 2013 third-team AVCA All-American has 15 or more kills 11 times this season. Rolfzen is also second on the team in digs with 2.66 per set. She has two straight double-doubles.
• Kelsey Fien is second on the team in kills per set with 3.27. Fien had a career-high 18 kills against Maryland last Sunday. Over her last five matches, Fien is averaging 4.29 kills per set and hitting .362. Fien’s .333 hitting percentage in league play puts her sixth among all B1G players and second among outside hitters.
• Amber Rolfzen adds 2.16 kills per set with 1.62 digs per set and is second on the team in blocks with 73. She had 10 kills and hit .562 at Indiana.
• Justine Wong-Orantes leads the Huskers in digs with 3.82 per set and ranks ninth in the league.
• Mary Pollmiller, the Huskers’ lone senior, has 951 set assists for 10.34 per set to rank fourth in the conference. She also adds a defensive presence at the net with 68 blocks to rank third on the team.
• The Huskers are 12-1 in matches played on Monday through Friday this season, while they are 7-6 in matches played on Saturday and Sunday.
• The Huskers are 232-0 when hitting .300 or better under John Cook.
• Nebraska is 379-16 when winning the first set under Cook.
• Cook is 141-42 (.770) against ranked opponents at Nebraska. Just under one-third of Cook’s total victories at Nebraska (432) have come against ranked teams.
• Nebraska volleyball leads the nation with 216 consecutive sellouts, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics. NU owns a 198-18 record during the streak.

Pollmiller’s Terrific Husker Career Comes to a Close
Senior setter Mary Pollmiller will play her last regular-season match at the Devaney Center on Saturday. The Husker captain enters Saturday’s match fourth among active Division I setters in career assists. The Littleton, Colo., native transfered to Nebraska after two successful seasons at Tennessee and has been a five-time Big Ten Setter of the Week and two-time All-America honorable mention selection. “She’s the best servant leader I’ve ever coached,” said Head Coach John Cook. “She’s all about the team, she’ll do anything for them. She’s one of the hardest working players we’ve ever had here. She’s a great young woman who has worked really hard and given her heart and soul to this team.”