Nebraska-Mizzou volleyball preview

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Channel 8 Sports Reporter Matt Reynoldson previews Nebraska’s second round NCAA tournament matchup with the Missouri Tigers. WATCH:

Courtesy: UNL Media Relations

The Huskers will play No. 24 Missouri on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round. Missouri swept No. 23 Arizona in the first match, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18. 

  • Nebraska won its ninth straight match to improve to 25-6 on the season, reaching 25 wins for the 18th time in John Cook’s 19 seasons as Husker head coach.
  • The Huskers won an NCAA Tournament match for the 35th straight season. The Huskers have lost only once in the first round (1983) and are 32-1 all-time in first-round matches (also received four first-round byes from 1994 to 1997).
  • Nebraska won its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament match to improve to 109-31 all-time in the postseason. The Huskers and Stanford are the only two volleyball programs with 100 wins in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Nebraska won its 11th straight NCAA Tournament match at home, dating back to 2013. The Huskers improved to 74-7 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament, including a 19-2 record at the Devaney Center.
  • The Huskers have won 51 of their last 54 home NCAA Tournament matches.
  • John Cook improved to 68-14 in the NCAA Tournament at Nebraska, including 19-0 in first-round matches. Including his seven seasons at Wisconsin, Cook is 76-18 in the postseason, including 23-1 in the first round.
  • The Huskers won their 18th consecutive match in the month of November. Nebraska finished with a 9-0 record this November and improved to 32-1 in the month since the start of the 2015 season. The last two seasons Nebraska went undefeated in November, the Huskers went on to win the national title (2015 and 2017).
  • Nebraska’s two seniors who have been with the program all four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – improved to 17-1 in their NCAA Tournament careers.
  • Nebraska held Hofstra to a .135 attack percentage, tying the Pride’s season-low mark. The match marked the 25th opponent the Huskers have held below .200 hitting this season.
  • The Huskers hit .352, their fourth consecutive match hitting above .350. Nebraska’s .352 attack percentage was the highest mark Hofstra allowed in 2018, as the Huskers became just the second Pride opponent to hit .300 in 33 matches this season.
  • Callie Schwarzenbach had four blocks in her NCAA Tournament debut to break the Nebraska freshman record for blocks of 160, set by Tracy Stalls in 2004. Schwarzenbach has 163 blocks this season.
  • Mikaela Foecke tied her career high with six blocks against Hofstra. The six blocks were also the most Foecke has had in an NCAA Tournament match, eclipsing the five blocks from the first postseason match of her career in 2015 vs. Harvard.
  • Mikaela Foecke had two aces against Hofstra. She has 20 aces in her NCAA Tournament career, the second-highest total in Nebraska history.
  • Lauren Stivrins had a match-high 12 kills, her career high for an NCAA Tournament match after she totaled eight kills against both Stony Brook and Florida in last year’s run to the NCAA title.
  • Megan Miller had two aces in her NCAA Tournament debut.