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UNK Fights Off Set Point, Rolls To Sweep

Sophomore middle Bailey Sokolowski and freshman outside Caitlin Broadwell had 13 kills apiece to help the 4th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team sweep Fort Hays State (-17, -24, -14) Tuesday night in Kansas.

The Lopers (22-2, 14-2) have now won 27 of the last 28 meetings with the Tigers to grab an 82-9 all-time series lead.

UNK controlled the first set but the second was a back and forth affair with neither team grabbing a lead of more than two points.

A kill from Teresa Wade allowed Hays (12-13, 6-10) to reach set point. However, Broadwell (Lawrence, Kans.) recorded back-to-back kills to turn the tables and force the Tigers to call time out.

The short break didn't help as Sokolowski (Kearney Catholic) smashed home a kill for a 2-0 match lead.

"That was huge. It's a whole different match if they are able to pull that one off and tie the match," said UNK head coach Rick Squiers. "I think losing took some energy out of them but they still played well early in the third set. To fight that hard and be down 2-0 is a pretty big blow."

Out hitting the Tigers by 110 points, UNK controlled the third set much like the first. On the night, the Lopers recorded 21 more kills, 55-34, and dug up 17 more balls, 72-55.

To reach her 13 kills, Sokolowski needed just 22 swings and hit .500 with Broadwell having 11 more attempts and hitting a solid .333 from the outside.

On the other side of the net, senior Kelsey Broadwell had 13 digs and three digs for the Tigers. She is Caitlin's older sister.

Also for the Lopers, freshman outside LaRose Currie (Vail, Colo.) had 12 digs and six kills with junior right side Kelle Carver (Shawnee Mission, Kans.) and freshman middle Tara Ziegelbein (Lincoln Lutheran) each recording nine kills.

"Our passing was outstanding tonight. LaRose, Liz McGowan, MJ Massanet and Annie Wolfe were rock solid," said Squiers. "For our freshmen outsides to come in here and rack up some kills, that's impressive. With Hays running a 6-2, they had to work around a big block."

UNK hosts Lindenwood Friday and No. 21 Central Missouri Saturday. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m.

Loper Volleyball 4th in the Country, 6th in the Region

The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team is sixth in the first NCAA region rankings of the 2014 season.

These rankings determine the 64-team NCAA Division II Tournament field (eight teams from eight regions). This season, regionals are Nov. 20-22 with the Elite EightDec. 4-6 in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Winter Sports Festival.

The AVCA Top 25 poll doesn't have any bearing on these rankings. Also, these rankings do not include any matches played last night, October 28th.

The Central Region is made up of schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference). The conference champions from each league receive an automatic bid to the NCAA field.

The GAC doesn't have a team ranked this week; Arkansas Tech (24-5) is currently first in that league.

Over the next three weeks, the Lopers will have key matches against Central Missouri, Missouri Western State and Washburn

Central Region Rankings
1. Minnesota-Duluth (22-1 overall, 19-1 in-region)
2. Concordia-St. Paul (20-3, 15-2)
3. Southwest Minnesota State (16-7, 12-5)
4. Central Missouri (15-8, 15-3)
5. Wayne State (20-4, 18-4)
6. UNK (21-2, 21-2)
7. Augustana (15-8, 14-8)
8. Missouri Western State (18-5, 18-5)

9. Washburn (18-4, 18-4)
10. Winona State (15-6, 14-5)

Bronco Women's Basketball 5th in Preseason

Hastings College is ranked 5th in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll. The Broncos finished 28-6 last year. Defending national champion St. Francis of Indiana is ranked number one. Morningside is 2nd, Concordia is 9th and Northwestern is 15th. Hastings will open the season on Friday night against 13th ranked Southwestern of Kansas.

2014-15 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Oct. 28)
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (14) 38-0 374
2 4 Morningside (Iowa) 29-7 352
3 9 Indiana Wesleyan 27-8 343
4 2 Davenport (Mich.) 34-2 339
5 7 Hastings (Neb.) 28-6 313
6 16 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 27-6 309
7 5 Jamestown (N.D.) 27-4 308
8 11 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 27-6 282
9 13 Concordia (Neb.) 25-8 251
10 12 Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 24-7 240
11 13 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 27-10 238
12 8 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 27-7 235
13 6 Southwestern (Kan.) 30-5 234
13 23 Friends (Kan.) 25-8 234
15 3 Northwestern (Iowa) 29-5 223
16 15 Siena Heights (Mich.) 26-9 206
17 10 Mayville State (N.D.) 25-4 186
18 18 Menlo (Calif.) 25-6 158
19 17 Huntington (Ind.) 23-8 156
20 19 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 26-6 141
21 RV Southern Oregon 25-8 140
22 22 Tennessee Wesleyan 24-5 130
23 RV Oklahoma Wesleyan 21-12 86
24 25 Cornerstone (Mich.) 22-10 76
25 24 Eastern Oregon 23-10 71

^ DII Women's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll (March 26, 2014)

Others Receiving Votes: Union (Ky.), 65; Tabor (Kan.), 63; Point Park (Pa.), 59; Indiana South Bend, 42;Mount Mercy (Iowa), 23; St. Thomas (Fla.), 16; Bryan (Tenn.), 9; Rio Grande (Ohio), 9; Indiana Northwest, 8;Midland (Neb.), 7; Ave Maria (Fla.), 6; Robert Morris (Ill.), 5; Briar Cliff (Iowa), 5; Grace (Ind.), 3.

Hastings Soccer Wins Offensive Player of the Week Awards

Men's Soccer - Offensive Player of the Week

Jake Ramsay
Hastings College

Hastings College forward Jake Ramsay is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Ramsay, a senior from Lincoln, Nebraska, had a hand in all of the scoring during a 2-0 win over Northwestern, scoring the first goal and assisting on the second. Hastings is 12-2-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the GPAC on the season.

Women's Soccer - Offensive Player of the Week

Kelsey Nealon
Hastings College

Hastings College forward Kelsey Nealon is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women's Soccer Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Nealon, a senior from Lincoln, Nebraska, scored three goals on the week. She had both goals in a 2-1 win over Doane to go along with one in a 5-0 victory over

Huskers Gearing up for Purdue

The Nebraska football team continued its preparations for its Saturday afternoon Big Ten West showdown with the Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday afternoon, as the Huskers practiced for nearly two hours inside of the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Husker Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis spoke with media members following practice, mentioning that Purdue has been on a roll in recent weeks, after settling on sophomore quarterback Austin Appleby. Appleby replaced Danny Etling who started against Nebraska last season in West Lafayette.

"Since they went to a one quarterback system they have really made some significant strides in their offense in the last three games," Papuchis said. "They tweaked some things, added a little bit to their package, I think they have been playing really well."
Purdue also showcases two dynamic running backs, both with an abundance of speed in Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert.

"Both backs are pretty dynamic, barely do you ever run into a situation where you have two running backs that are that fast," he said. "You have to make it that much more imperative to get your gaps down, everyone executing their responsibility and you don't let a missed gap into a big play."
Hunt leads the Boilermakers in rushing, with 640 yards on 104 carries, while adding five touchdowns.
NU Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck also spoke with the media after practice, noting that Purdue has definitely improved defensively under second-year Head Coach Darrell Hazell.
"It looks like they have settled defensively, they are big up front, big linebackers and aggressive," Beck said. "You can see they have settled into what they want to do."
In last year's 44-7 win over Purdue, the Huskers were not fazed by some different looks the Boilermakers used on defense. When Beck was asked if he expects the same thing this season, he did not know, but he is confident that the team is prepared for anything.
"I think last year they had some injuries upfront, so I think they had to do that more than they wanted too, I think," Beck said. "Obviously we are prepared for everything, because the situation-the way that it is, we have to be able to adjust during the game, even this year since they had an extra week to prepare for us."
The Nebraska football team will continue its preparations for itsSaturday afternoon game on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskers Big Ten conference clash against Purdue will be regionally televised on ABC at 2:30 pm (Central), or can be seen nationally on ESPN2.

Nebraska Scores Well in GSR Report

Five Nebraska teams achieved perfect scores in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released on Tuesday by the NCAA.

The five Husker teams to earn a perfect 100 percent GSR score include women's golf, women's basketball, volleyball, softball and women's tennis. Those teams all led or tied for the lead in the Big Ten Conference in GSR scores among their respective sports. In fact, the women's golf, women's basketball, volleyball and women's tennis programs have achieved a perfect GSR score each of the 10 years the rate has been computed by the NCAA.

In addition to the five teams achieving a perfect score, the women's gymnastics, soccer and men's gymnastics programs each topped the 90 percent score, and 14 of Nebraska's programs achieved a GSR scores of 80 percent or better. Overall, Nebraska had an all student-athlete GSR score of 83 percent.

The Nebraska football team had a GSR rate of 81 percent which ranked fourth among the 14 Big Ten Conference schools, trailing only Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers. The 2014 Husker football team has four seniors playing this fall as graduate students with the entire senior class on track to earn their degrees by next spring.

The Graduation Success Rate is an NCAA measurement that, unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, includes transfer data in the calculation. The GSR scores released on Tuesday are based on four classes of scholarship student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2004 to the fall of 2007.

They allow a six-year window in which the student-athletes can earn their degree. Although GSR scores include student-athletes who transferred to Nebraska, they do not count student-athletes who transferred to another school and were academically eligible at the time of their transfer.

Loper Wrestling Starts Season 3rd in the Nation

The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team is ranked third in the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association preseason Top 20 poll.

The Lopers, who finished 2014 as national runners up, received 134 points to trail only Maryville (151) and Ouchita Baptist (142). OBU is pronounced Wash-ih-taw

Maryville, a fourth-year program that will host the 2015 NCAA Championships, is led by former UNO coach Mike Denney. Located in St. Louis, the Saints received five first place votes and return five All-Americans to its lineup.

OBU is a fifth-year program located in Arkadelphia, Ark.

UNK received two first places votes with 2014 national champion Notre Dame College (Ohio) picking up the other.

Individually, junior Romero Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.) is No. 1 at 197 lbs. He went wire-to-wire last year, never losing his top ranking and winning the national title 8-7 over Julian Smith.

Smith, from McKendree (Ill.), also returns and is second in this class.

Junior Daniel DeShazer (Wichita, Kans.) is No. 1 at 133 lbs. after being the 2013 national champ and 2014 national runner up.

Finally, Lincoln senior Chase White is ranked eighth at 157 lbs. The Lincoln High graduate had won 58 times over the past two years, earning
All-American honors in 2013.

UNK hosts its annual Blue/Gold scrimmage this Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in Cushing Coliseum. The regular season starts November 8th at the Iowa State Cyclone Open.

Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.

District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.

In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.

A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).

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