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Huskers Face Colorado State in Spring Match

By NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 spring match against Colorado State at the McCook Community College Graff Events Center in McCook, Nebraska on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m., and the match will air on select Husker Sports Network radio affiliates (including 107.3 FM in Lincoln, 105.9 FM in Omaha, 92.7 FM, 100.1 FM and AM 1580 in the Central Nebraska area), online at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs following the match. The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017 and have also made recent visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.

About Nebraska
• Nebraska is coming off a 2018 season in which it reached the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. The Huskers were the NCAA Runner-Up after dropping a five-set match to Stanford in Minneapolis. 
• NU returns five starters from last year’s team, including first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins. The 6-4 middle blocker averaged 2.36 kills and 1.17 blocks per set while hitting .421 last season, the third-highest mark in school history. 
• Setter Nicklin Hames earned All-America honorable mention as a freshman and was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection along with middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach. 

About Colorado State
• Colorado State went 23-8 last season and won the Mountain West Conference title with a 15-3 record. The Rams qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Tennessee, 3-2, in the first round. 
• Colorado State had no seniors on its roster last season and returns every starter, including All-America honorable-mention selections Katie Oleksak and Kirstie Hillyer. Oleksak, a 5-10 setter, is a two-time Mountain West Player of the Year. Hillyer, a 6-6 middle blocker, averaged 3.04 kills, 1.23 blocks and hit .363 last season. 

150 years of Husker history headed to McCook 
You’re invited to get one of the first looks at an exhibition highlighting historic University of Nebraska–Lincoln achievements as the N150 sesquicentennial celebration comes to McCook April 20-27.
 
The exhibition will be available for viewing at the two locations below. Those with a ticket to the Nebraska Volleyball match this Saturday will have the first look – and then the exhibit will move to the historic Keystone building.

McCook Community College
Peter & Dolores Graff Events Center
Auxiliary Gym
401 East M Street
McCook, Neb.

April 20: Nebraska vs. Colorado State Volleyball Match (Ticket required – sold out)
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., through the conclusion of the post-match autograph session
 
Keystone Events Center
402 Norris Avenue
McCook, Neb.

April 22-26: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 27: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 
The N150 traveling exhibition features key moments in the university’s 150-year history since its charter on February 15, 1869 — from influential alumni, legendary athletic programs and cultural contributions to agricultural, technological and science innovation and environmental stewardship. McCook will be the exhibition’s third stop outside Lincoln in a year-long tour throughout Nebraska, engaging every corner of the state to celebrate our University’s 150-year history and legacy.  
 
To learn more about the celebration of 150 years of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, visit: n150.unl.edu.

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