Kayla Banwarth and the Huskers visit Manhattan, Kan., Saturday night
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Get Back on the Court at Kansas State

By NU Athletic Communications
No. 3 Nebraska (16-1, 8-0) vs. Kansas State (9-10, 3-5)
Saturday, Oct. 16 • Ahearn Field House • 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on Huskers.com
Web Video: KStateSports.com (Free Video)
Live Stats: KStateSports.com

Following a bye on Wednesday night, the No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team (16-1, 8-0) will look add to its 15-match winning streak Saturday night in Manhattan, Kan. The Huskers are set for a 7 p.m. match with the Kansas State Wildcats (9-10, 3-5) at the Ahearn Field House.

The Huskers are the only remaining undefeated team in conference play this season, while Kansas State is tied for seventh with a 3-5 record. The Wildcats started the Big 12 season with wins over Kansas and Texas Tech, but have hit a tough stretch lately as they've been swept in their past three matches by Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State.

Saturday night's match will mark the 82nd all-time meeting between the two Big 12 North Division programs, with Nebraska holding a 78-3 advantage in the series. The Huskers won 58 straight matches from 1975 to 1998, before Kansas State won a five-set match in Lincoln during the 1999 season. The Wildcats' two other wins came in 2003 when they swept the season series.

There is no TV coverage for the match, but a free live stream will be available on KStateSports.com.

Fans can also listen to all of the action with John Baylor and Lindsay Peterson on the 25-station Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha. Fans outside the state will also be able to catch the live audio feed for free on Huskers.com.

Scouting the Wildcats

  • The Wildcats will be playing their third straight ranked opponent on Saturday night when they face No. 3 Nebraska. In its past two matches Kansas State was swept by both No. 11 Texas and No. 13 Iowa State.
  • Kansas State hits at a clip of .169, while opponents are hitting .184.
  • In Big 12 matches the Wildcats average 1.07 services aces per set, the third-best mark in the conference.
  • Alex Muff (1.28) and Kaitlynn Pelger (1.00) are the only Wildcats to average more than one block per set.
  • During Big 12 play, sophomore setter Caitlyn Donahue ranks fifth in the conference in assists (10.29) and third in aces (0.32) per set.

Scouting the Huskers

  • Nebraska is 16-1 overall in 2010 and remains the only undefeated team in the Big 12 this season at 8-0 entering Saturday night's match with Kansas State.
  • The Huskers are ranked No. 3 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll for the third straight week, their highest ranking this season since they were ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll. The Huskers are been ranked in the top 10 all season.
  • The Huskers are 14-0 this season when holding opponents below .200 hitting after the Huskers held Texas A&M to .085 hitting. Nebraska is 2-1 when opposing teams hit above .200.
  • After hitting .326 against Missouri, the Huskers are 177-0 under Head Coach John Cook when they hit .300 or better.
  • The Huskers are riding a 12-match winning streak over the Wildcats, their second longest streak in the series.
  • Nebraska is 35-1 all-time on the road against Kansas State. It is the most road wins over any conference opponent.
  • Entering the week the Huskers are ranked in the top-five nationally in three categories, including blocks (1st-3.21), kills (3rd-14.87) and assists (4th-13.93) per set.
  • Nebraska has totaled double-digit blocks in nine of its last 12 matches, including a season-high 19 blocks vs. Illinois on Sept. 11. The Huskers hit double-digits just once in their first five matches (11 against BYU) of 2010.
  • In Big 12 play this season, Nebraska ranks first in four of the seven major statistical categories.
  • In conference matches the Huskers are tops in opponent hitting (.150), as well as assists (14.29), kills (15.11) and blocks (3.46) per set.
  • Under Head Coach John Cook, the Huskers improved to 290-8 when winning the first set of the match after their 3-0 win over Texas A&M. The last time Nebraska won the first set and then lost the match was during the 2009 NCAA Regional Final, when Texas won 3-1 after NU took set one, 25-21.
  • Four Huskers have combined for 13 double-doubles on the season, including six from Hannah Werth, three each from Tara Mueller and Lauren Cook as well as won from Sydney Anderson.
  • Junior middle blocker Brooke Delano leads the Big 12 in hitting percentage (.439) and blocks per set (1.52). Nationally, Delano ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the categories.
  • The Huskers return three AVCA All-Americans in 2010, including seniors Sydney Anderson and Tara Mueller, as well as junior Brooke Delano.

The Last Meeting Between Nebraska and Kansas State (Nov. 25, 2009)
Lindsey Licht totaled a match-high 15 kills, as No. 8 Nebraska extended its win streak to six matches with a 3-0 sweep of Kansas State (32-30, 26-24, 25-22) at Ahearn Field House.

Licht was one of three Huskers to finish in double figures, as outside hitters Hannah Werth and Tara Mueller both picked up double-doubles in the victory. Licht led NU in kills, as her 15 kills were one off her season high. It was the fifth time Licht had led the Huskers in kills in seven matches.

Werth totaled 13 kills, including nine in the opener, 13 digs and tied a then-career best with three blocks for her 11th double-double of the year, while Mueller finished with 12 kills, 11 digs and four assists for her seventh double-double of the season.

Nebraska had 57 kills and hit .197, while Kansas State had just 34 kills on .131 hitting, but totaled 17 blocks to battle the Huskers to a pair of deuce sets. Nebraska out-dug KSU, 58-46 and did not allow an ace for the fourth straight contest.

Return to Sender
The Huskers enter Saturday night's match ranked No. 1 in the country in blocks with 3.21 per set. The Huskers have punished opponents at the net this season with double-digit stuffs in 10 matches, including 15 or more in three matches.

During Big 12 play the Huskers have been even tougher on opposing attackers with 3.46 blocks per set. No other team in the conference averages more than 2.52 blocks per set during conference play.

Junior middle blocker Brooke Delano has led the Husker wall with 1.52 blocks per set, which is the fifth-best mark nationally and tops in the Big 12 this season. Lindsey Licht and Jordan Wilberger join Delano on the Big 12 list as they are both averaging 1.18 blocks per set.

Since Head Coach John Cook took over at Nebraska in 2000, the Huskers have earned the NCAA blocking title five times, including 2000, '01, '02, '04 and '05.

Thousandth of a Point
With a Nebraska win over Texas A&M combined with Stanford's first loss of the season to UCLA last Saturday, Head Coach John Cook overtook Stanford Head Coach John Dunning for fifth-place on the all-time winningest coach list. Cook currently holds a winning percentage of .829 (484-100) while Dunning is right behind him at .828 (713-148). Among active coaches, Cook sits fourth and Dunning fifth

Don Shaw holds the top spot on the all-time list with a winning percentage of .863 (440-70).

Dubuque Digger
Dubuque, Iowa, native Kayla Banwarth is on her way to breaking NU's career record in digs, currently held by Jennifer Saleaumu (1,567). A senior in 2010, Banwarth needs just 382 digs this season to break the mark and should have no problem achieving the feat after she compiled 570 digs in 2009. Her 570 digs nearly broke Dani Busboom's 2006 single-season record of 580.

Through 17 matches this season, Banwarth leads NU with 291 digs. The senior libero also ranks second in the Big 12 with 4.77 digs per set.

The Assists Keep Coming
Entering the season ranked ninth on Nebraska's career chart with 2,683 assists, senior Sydney Anderson's 369 assists this season have already moved her to seventh place with 3,052 dishes. With another 132 assists this season, Anderson will overtake Christy Johnson (3,183) for fifth on the career list.

National Scene
Along with holding the top spot on the NCAA blocks list with 3.21 per set, the Huskers also rank in the top-five in two other categories. Nebraska ranks fourth in assists with 13.93 per set, which has translated into a third-place ranking on the kills chart with 14.87 per set.

Try to Take a Set
In Big 12 play this season the Huskers have won 24 of the 28 sets they've played. No other team in the conference has won more than 20 sets and no other team has lost less than 10 sets. Overall this season Nebraska is 50-11 in sets.

Force in the Middle
After earning the first All-America honor of her career last season as a sophomore, middle blocker Brook Delano has been even better as a junior. Delano ranks third nationally in hitting percentage at .439 and is fifth in the country in blocks with 1.52 per set. Both marks rank first in the Big 12 Conference this season.

Tough on the Road
Nebraska is one of five programs nationally that is a perfect 6-0 on the road and one of only eight schools that is undefeated in true road contests.

School (Record)
Nebraska (6-0)
Tulsa (6-0)
Creighton (6-0)
Northern Illinois (6-0)
Arizona (6-0)
Miss. Valley State (5-0)
Florida (5-0)
Hawaii (2-0)

Hot Swing
All-American Brooke Delano was on fire when the Huskers visited Missouri on Wednesday, Oct. 6, as the junior middle blocked put away 14 kills on 16 swings and had no errors.

Her .875 hitting percentage is the fourth-best individual performance all time and tops for a Huskers since Tracy Stalls tied Megan Korver's (1998) school record on Nov. 24, 2007 when she went a perfect 13-13 at the net. Stalls also hit .846 earlier in the same season with a 11-0-13 performance against Oklahoma.

Packing the House
The Nebraska volleyball team currently ranks second nationally in home attendance with an average of 5,218 fans per match. Through seven matches, including a match at the Devaney Center, 36,528 fans have seen the Huskers play this season. Only national leader Hawaii (6,186 fans per contest) and Nebraska average more than 4,000 fans per match. Wisconsin ranks a distant third with 3,720 fans per match.

1. Hawaii (6,186)
2. Nebraska (5,218)
3. Wisconsin (3,720)
4. Penn State (3,705)
5. Florida (3,137)

Battle Tested
Nebraska is now 5-1 in 2010 against top-25 ranked teams after defeating then-No. 13 Texas.

Prior to the Texas match, Nebraska had posted wins over three other top-15 teams, including Iowa State, Kentucky and Illinois.

The Huskers only loss on the year came to then-No. 13 Florida at the Runza/AVCA Showcase.  Florida is currently 14-1 and is ranked No. 1 in the country.

Sharing the Kill
As a team in 2010 the Huskers rank first in the Big 12 Conference and third nationally with 14.87 kills per set, but Nebraska doesn't have one player on the individual Big 12 top-10 list or national top-50 list.

Six Huskers average at least two kills per set, including Lindsey Licht (3.07), Brooke Delano (2.87), Hannah Werth (2.58), Tara Mueller (2.15), Morgan Broekhuis (2.02) and Gina Mancuso (2.00).

Temp Falls, Huskers Heat Up
Historically, the Huskers' two best months are September (287-25) and November (207-18), as they have all-time winning percentages of .920 in each. In the month of October, Nebraska holds a  winning percentage of .895 (212-25).

After going 10-0 during in September this season the Huskers look to continue the streak into October.

Currently the Huskers are 3-0 in October and will be looking for their first perfect October since 2006 when they went 7-0. Head Coach John Cook is 83-6 all-time in the year's 10th month.

Stay Away from the Middle
Nebraska's middle blockers have been a force both offensively and defensively this season. Brooke Delano and Jordan Wilberger rank first (.439) and third (.393), respectively, in the Big 12 in hitting percentage and also rank first (1.52) and seventh (1.18) in blocks.

No Place Like Home
The Huskers hold a home-court advantage at the Coliseum due to the Huskers' passionate fan base.

Nebraska currently holds a streak of 141 consecutive sellouts at the NU Coliseum, the longest sellout streak across all NCAA women's athletics. The Huskers averaged 5,197 fans per home contest last season (including a match at the Devaney Center) and are averaging 4,105 fans through six matches at the Coliseum in 2010. Including the Devaney Center match this season against Illinois, the Huskers are averaging 5,218 fans per home contest.

Dishing it Out
Setters Sydney Anderson and Lauren Cook have led the Huskers to a fourth-place ranking nationally and the top mark in the Big 12 Conference when it comes to assists with 13.93 per set.

With the Huskers running a 6-2 rotation, neither Anderson or Cook rank in the top-50 nationally or in the 10 top of the conference, but the pair has helped the Huskers rank 20th nationally and first in the Big 12 in hitting percentage at .275.

Coming off a freshman season that saw her earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year, honorable-mention All-America and honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors, Hannah Werth has continued to put up solid numbers in 2010.

Through 17 matches, leads the team with six double-doubles, including three in Big 12 play.

After becoming the first Husker freshman to lead the team in kills per set (3.18) since Sarah Pavan in 2004, Werth ranks third on the team this season in both kills, 2.58, and digs, 2.90, per set.

The Other Blackshirts
The Nebraska football team isn't the only team on campus with a dominant defense, as the Husker volleyball team held Colorado to just seven points in the second set on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the NU Coliseum. It was the least amount of points a team have scored against the Huskers since the NCAA switched to 25-point rally scoring prior to the 2008 season. Nebraska had previously held a team to nine points on two occasions, including Tulane in 2009 and Kentucky in 2010's season opener.

Enough is Enough
After dropping four straight matches to Texas, including three last season, the Huskers ended their losing streak to the Longhorns with a 3-1 win in Lincoln on Saturday, Oct. 2.

During the NCAA era, Texas hold the two longest winning streaks over Nebraska, including a five-match streak from 1984-88 and its latest four-match streak from 2008-09.

Since Husker volleyball began in 1975, Missouri State holds the longest winning streak against Nebraska as the Bears won nine straight matches from 1975-1978.

Sydney Anderson had been the latest setter to shine in the scarlet and cream, as last season she became the eighth setter in NU history to earn multiple AVCA All-America honors.

A senior in 2010, Anderson will try to become just the third setter in school history to capture All-America three times during their career at NU. If she achieves the feat, Anderson would join Griechaly Cepero (2000-02) and Fiona Nepo (1996-98).


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