10th seeded Nebraska volleyball team (22-7) aim for Florida State (20-9) tonight against the Seminoles on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the NCAA second round . The Huskers advanced after a sweep from Campbell in the first round on Friday night.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN +, with Larry Punteney handling the game-by-game tasks and Kathi Wieskamp providing full color commentary.
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. Inside the Devaney Center, fans can access the live radio call of the game on 87.7 FM.
Nebraska was selected as the No.10 seed for the NCAA tournament last Sunday and made its 40th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance this weekend – second in NCAA history, behind Penn State ( 41).
Louisville, Texas, Pitt and Wisconsin received the first four seeds of the NCAA Tournament Committee. If those teams all advanced beyond the first weekend, they would host an NCAA regional the following weekend. Nebraska is in the same region as Texas, with Kentucky, seeded # 7, and Washington, # 15. The Huskers would only be able to host an NCAA regional if they get past the first two rounds and Texas and Kentucky were upset in the first or second round.
â¢ Nebraska is 119-34 all-time in the NCAA tournament. The Huskers are second in NCAA history for playoff wins and winning percentage (0.778).
â¢ Nebraska (153) and Stanford (163) are the only programs in NCAA history to play 150 NCAA tournament games.
â¢ NU is 26-2 in second-round games, having won their last nine second-round games dating back to 2012.
â¢ The Huskers are 76-7 in home games of the NCAA tournament, including 21-2 at the Devaney Center. They have won 15 straight home games in the NCAA tournament.
â¢ NU is 55-1 against unranked opponents in the NCAA tournament.
â¢ Two wins this weekend would secure NU its 37th regional appearance in the NCAA, maintaining its leading NCAA total.
â¢ Nebraska have reached nine consecutive NCAA regional championships, the third longest streak in the country. Only two teams achieve longer streaks: Penn State (18) and Texas (15).
â¢ John cook led Nebraska to an NCAA regional championship in 20 of its 21 seasons.
â¢ Cook is 86-22 in his NCAA tournament career, including a 78-17 record as the Nebraska head coach.
â¢ Nebraska topped the Big Ten slate last weekend, finishing second behind Wisconsin.
â¢ The Huskers earned a 10th place spot in the national AVCA poll this week.
â¢ NU is one of the top eight Big Ten teams in the country to qualify for the 2021 NCAA tournament. The Huskers won the conference’s most recent national title (2017).
â¢ Nebraska’s game against Florida State is his 19th all-time against an Atlantic Coast Conference member and his second this season. The Huskers fell to ACC champion Louisville on September 18.
â¢ Last weekend’s quick turnaround prepared the Huskers for the playoffs. They’ve only played four times in a row this year: August 27-28 at the Husker Invitational, September 3-4 at the Ameritas Players Challenge, November 26-27 in Wisconsin and Purdue, and December 3-4 at Les first and second rounds of the NCAA.
â¢ Nebraska leads the country with an average attendance of 8,185 spectators this season at the Devaney Center.
â¢ Nebraska were the last undefeated team in the Big Ten this year. His 10-0 start was their second best since joining the conference in 2011.
Florida State Seminole Scouting
Florida State is 20-9 on the season after sweeping Kansas State in the NCAA first round on Friday, breaking the Seminoles’ three-game losing skid. FSU hit 0.340 in the game and limited K-State to just 0.077. Emma Clothier recorded 11 kills with no offensive errors reaching 0.611 and added four blocks.
Clothier averages 2.68 kills per set with 0.336 hits. Three other Seminoles average at least two kills per set: Morgan Chacon (2.63 k / s), Audrey Koenig (2.48 k / s) and Khori Louis (2.39 k / s). Louis also leads the FSU with 0.85 blocks per set.
Florida State is looking to make its sixth regional appearance in the NCAA, having won Sweet 16 spots in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Head coach Chris Poole is in his 14th season at Florida State and has a 326-104 record and a career 876-334 record over 35 years.
Noting Series: vs. Florida State
Nebraska has a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with Florida State. The latter two met on August 29, 2014 at the AVCA Showcase at the Devaney Center, where the Seminoles won 3-1. NU won the first set (25-18) before the Seminoles won the next three, each by two points. A crowd of 8,569 attended that night, and it remains the third-highest volleyball participation total on record at the Devaney Center.
NU’s victories over FSU were a 2-1 victory on October 21, 1978 and a 3-2 decision on October 2, 1982 – both in Springfield, Missouri. A Saturday night win would be the Huskers’ first over FSU at Lincoln. .
With a victory over Florida State on Saturday, Nebraska will advance to an NCAA Regional next weekend, Dec. 9-11, at Gregory Gym in Austin, TX.