No. 2 Nebraska set to host No. 13 Wisconsin in Big Ten home opener
From: Nebraska Athletics
• The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team returns home after three straight road matches to begin the Big Ten season. On Saturday at 7 p.m., the Huskers will host No. 13 Wisconsin at the Devaney Center in a match that will be televised on BTN and streamed on FoxSports.com and the FoxSports app.
• Saturday’s match can also be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
• Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid potential traffic and parking issues. Nebraska football hosts Northwestern on Saturday at 3 p.m., and post-game football traffic is expected to peak in the hour leading up to the 7 p.m. volleyball match. Fans who are attending both games, and also have a volleyball season parking permit, are advised walking from Memorial Stadium to the Devaney Center after the football game may be the fastest option.
• Doors to the Devaney Center will open at 5:30 p.m., and the football game will be televised on the concourse TVs at the Devaney Center.
• A few parking rules will be in effect on Saturday at the Devaney Center/Innovation campus:
-Volleyball donor parking permit holders will be able to park in their lot at any point after 6 a.m. with their volleyball permit, and there will be no cashier fee.
-Volleyball public parking spaces and handicap parking in Lots 52 and 58 will not be cashiered to the general public until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
-Football fans who would generally cashier to park at the Devaney Center/Innovation Campus will not be permitted to do so for this football game. Volleyball fans who plan to cashier park for football and know they will walk back over to the volleyball match afterward will not be able to cashier on the Devaney Center/Innovation campus lots until 4 p.m.
-Beginning at 4 p.m., the cashiered fee for volleyball lots will be $7.
• Nebraska is 19-5-1 all-time against Wisconsin. The Badgers have won the last two meetings, including a 3-2 win in Madison last year on Oct. 19. NU’s last win against Wisconsin was two years ago, on Sept. 30, 2017, 3-2 in Lincoln. Wisconsin has won four of the last six matchups dating back to 2014.
• John Cook: 20th year at Nebraska (571-77); 27th year overall (732-150)
• Kelly Sheffield: 7th year at Wisconsin (167-46); 19th year overall (440-158)
About the Huskers
• The Huskers are off to a 3-0 start in conference action after road wins at No. 20 Illinois (3-2), Northwestern (3-0) and Rutgers (3-0). NU is 11-1 overall on the season.
• Nebraska ranks second among Big Ten teams with a .142 opponent hitting percentage. The Huskers rank third in digs (14.98 per set) and seventh in blocks (2.55 per set).
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 3.50 kills per set on .290 hitting this season. Sun has recorded double-digit kills in all three Big Ten matches this season.
• Jazz Sweet is averaging 2.63 kills per set on .285 hitting this season. Sweet has been the Huskers’ top attacker through three conference matches with 3.55 kills per set on a .355 hitting percentage.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.18 per set. She is also putting up 2.30 kills per set on .342 hitting.
• Fellow middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach averages 1.23 kills and 1.08 blocks per set. Schwarzenbach has been big for the Huskers in conference play with 1.64 kills per set on .412 hitting in Big Ten play.
• Nicklin Hames is averaging 10.30 assists per set and 3.07 digs per set.
• Libero Kenzie Knuckles is providing 3.85 digs per set.
• Wisconsin has won its first three Big Ten matches, including a decisive 3-1 win over No. 5 Penn State on Wednesday in Madison. The Badgers also swept No. 15 Purdue. All four of their losses are to top-10 teams. Wisconsin’s .274 hitting percentage is second-best in the Big Ten.
• First-team All-America middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the Badgers with 4.03 kills per set on .418 hitting. She also adds 1.23 blocks per set.
• Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty each add 3.31 kills per set. Sydney Hilley is putting up 11.33 assists per set.