Foltz Named Big Ten Punter of Year to Lead All-Conference Honorees
Nebraska junior punter Sam Foltz was named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year on Monday evening. Foltz was one of five Huskers to receive All-Big Ten recognition on Monday, as the league announced recipients on special teams and defense.
Foltz led the Big Ten Conference in punting average at 44.4 yards per punt. In conference games only, Foltz averaged 45.0 yards per punt, bettering all other Big Ten punters by more than two yards per attempt. Foltz has 16 punts of more than 50 yards and has downed 15 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Foltz is the second Husker to win the Eddleman-Fields Punter-of-the-Year award, joining Brett Maher who received the honor in 2011. In addition to being named Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year, Foltz was also the first-team All-Big Ten punter by both the league's coaches and media.
Sophomore place-kicker Drew Brown was also recognized for his special teams excellence. Brown earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media panel, while picking up honorable-mention accolades from the Big Ten Coaches. Brown has connected on 20-of-26 field goals this season, including making his last 10 field goals of the regular season.
Junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins received all-conference honors for the second straight season. The 6-2, 300-pound Collins was chosen as a second-team All-Big Ten performer by the conference coaches for the second straight season. Collins also earned third-team recognition on the All-Big Ten media team. Collins has 29 tackles and seven tackles for loss this season, with all of his tackles for loss coming in Big Ten action.
A pair of Husker defensive backs picked up all-conference recognition. Junior safety Nate Gerry was a third-team All-Big Ten pick by the media panel, while earning honorable-mention accolades from the league's coaches. Gerry leads the Huskers in interceptions (4), pass breakups (7) and tackles (75). Gerry also earned all-conference recognition in 2014 as a second-team choice.
Sophomore cornerback Joshua Kalu was chosen as an honorable-mention all-conference choice by the Big Ten Coaches. Kalu ranks second for the Huskers in tackles with 67, including five tackles for loss, and he also added six pass breakups and two interceptions.
Senior defensive end Jack Gangwish was selected as Nebraska's winner of the Sportsmanship Award.
The Big Ten will announce offensive all-conference selections on Tuesdayevening.
All-Big Ten Honorees
Sam Foltz, Junior, Punter
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year
First-Team All-Big Ten Punter (Coaches, Media)
Drew Brown, Sophomore, Place-Kicker
Second-Team All-Big Ten (Media)
Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
Maliek Collins, Junior, Defensive Tackle
Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
Third-Team All-Big Ten (Media)
Nate Gerry, Junior, Safety
Third-Team All-Big Ten (Media)
Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
Joshua Kalu, Sophomore, Cornerback
Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
Amber Rolfzen Wins Third B1G Defensive Award
Nebraska junior middle blocker Amber Rolfzen earned her third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Award this season on Monday, the conference office announced.
Rolfzen helped the Huskers to sweeps of No. 18 Illinois and No. 7 Penn State last week with 15 total blocks (2.50 per set), including eight against Penn State. Rolfzen also totaled 17 kills with no errors for a .567 hitting percentage in the two matches.
The Papillion, Neb., native finished the regular season with a Big Ten-best 1.59 blocks per set in conference play. For the season, she was first in blocks (1.57 per set) and fourth in hitting percentage (.372). Rolfzen ranks fifth nationally in blocks per set and holds the highest block average by a Husker since Melissa Elmer in 2005 (2.17).
Huskers to Compete in 2016 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy
The Nebraska men's basketball team will be on the West Coast next year for Thanksgiving, as ESPN announced the field for the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy this afternoon.
The event takes place next November (Nov. 24, 25 and 27) in Orange County, Calif. The first two days will be held on the campus of Cal-State Fullerton and the final day of competition will be at Honda Center in Anaheim.
The 2016 field consists of Cal State Northridge, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M, UCLA and Virginia Tech.
Four of the teams reached postseason play in 2015, including UCLA, which advanced to the Sweet 16, while Dayton reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Texas A&M, which is ranked 25th this week in the AP poll, was in the 2015 NIT while Portland appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Nebraska has faced five of the eight teams in the field, compiling a 16-15 record. Of the 21 matchups, 20 came against former Big 12 member Texas A&M, but the teams have not met since both left the conference. Nebraska also played UCLA five times, but not since 1985.
This will be the Huskers' first appearance in the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy. This is the third ESPN Tournament the Huskers have played in over the past four years, including the Charleston Classic (2013) and Diamondhead Classic (2014).
For more details and travel packages on the event, visithttp://espnevents.com/wooden-legacy/
2016 Wooden Legacy Field
Opponent Series Record Last Meeting
Cal State Northridge Never Played
Dayton Never played
New Mexico 0-1 2009
Portland 2-0 1993
Texas A&M 12-8 2011
UCLA 2-5 1985
Virginia Tech 0-1 1994
Balanced Attack, Board Work Leads to Big Win
Senior guard Laramey Becker and freshman post Kennedy Sander scored 18 points apiece as Nebraska-Kearney raced past No. 23 Wayne State, 76-59, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.
UNK (4-2) beats Wayne for the first time since early in the 2008-09 season and picks up its first win over a nationally-ranked squad since the 2007-08 Lopers beat Fort Lewis in the NCAA Tournament.
Wayne (4-2) got out to an 11-5 lead but it was all UNK after that. The Lopers, leading for the last 30 minutes and by as many 23 points, took 23 more shots, had nine more offensive rebounds and scored 22 points off 19 turnovers.
Coming in averaging almost eight made threes per game, the 'Cats didn't hit a long range shot until the fourth quarter. They finished 2 of 5 from behind the arc with UNK 9 of 27.
"Toughness and discipline were the keys. We came out physically strong and defensively we were disciplined in the game plan. We took things away we knew they wanted to do," said UNK head coach Carrie Hofstetter.
Both teams had to work around foul trouble with Wayne seeing its leading scorer, sophomore post Paige Ballinger (21.0 ppg), limited to just 12 minutes. She finished with eight points on 3 of 6 shooting. On the other side, Loper reserves Courtney Aitken (Dannebrog) and Bri Starks (Hutchinson, Kans.) fouled out.
Kearney closed the first quarter on an 11-4 run to grab the lead for good. The spurt featured one of McKenzie Brown's five threes and three consecutive points from Sander (Lincoln Pius X).
UNK went into the intermission up 38-29 as Becker (Trenton) hit a buzzer beating three. She reached her point total by making 7 of 12 shots (4 of 8 threes).
"The team was just phenomenal today. We had so many girls scoring in so many different ways, "said Becker. "We had both the inside and outside game working and Wayne didn't know what to defend."
The Lopers started the second half on a 13-4 run to make it 51-33 with 5:55 left in the third quarter. Becker hit two threes and Brown added another during this game clinching stretch. Wayne didn't get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Continuing her solid start, Sander was 7 of 10 from the field and 4 of 4 at the line in 23 minutes off the bench. She also had two assists, one steals and seven rebounds (four offensive).
UNK outrebounded Wayne 41-36, including a 15-6 mark on the offensive glass. The Lopers had 13 second chance points with seven different players grabbing at least one offensive carom.
"This was a good measuring stick for us. Wayne has been atop of their conference and had a lot of success lately," said Hofstetter. "Our kids can now see they can beat some really good teams. We'll enjoy this one and starting preparing for Emporia."
Brown (15) was the other Loper to score in double digits. Before leaving in the fourth quarter, Starks provided eight rebounds, six points and four assists with Aitken at five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Finally, South Dakota junior forward Kesley Fitzgerald had three assists, three steals, eight points and eight rebounds.
Before fouling out, Maggie Schulte scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Wayne.
UNK hosts No. 1 ranked Emporia State next Thursday night.
Loper Men Look to Bounce Back at Wayne St Tonight
Sophomore guard Gokul Natesan hit a three as the buzzer sounded to lift the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers over Nebraska-Kearney, 67-66, Wednesday afternoon in Golden.
Ranked 10th in the preseason national poll, Mines improves to 3-1 while the Lopers fall to 3-2.
UNK led for nearly the entire way, including by a 66-60 score with 1:40 to go. Over the final 200 seconds, the Lopers missed two free throws, had a turnover, committed two fouls and missed a jumper with the shot clock winding down.
The Orediggers, which started day up 2-0 for its only other lead, went 2 of 4 at the line to cut the deficit to four with 56 seconds left. After a Loper turnover, Natesan converted a layup to make it a one possession game.
UNK ran the shot clock down but couldn't hit a jumper and Mines rebounded the miss with 13 seconds left. They called a timeout and then got the ball to Natesan, who buried his second tree of the game.
A 6-5 wing from California, Natesan tallied a game-high 21 points on 7 of 14 (2 of 6 threes) shooting. Also having five assists and three steals, he scored the 'Diggers final six points.
Trailing by as many as nine points in the second half, Mines was out rebounded by two, 30-28, but committed six few turnovers, 17-11. UNK shot an even 50% (21 of 42) from the field with both teams missing eight free throws.
Besides Natesan, fellow starting guard Kaan Korkman (14) and reserve post Caleb Waitsman (12) scored in double figures for the 'Diggers with Korkman tying for the team-lead in rebounds (five).
UNK got 16 points and eight rebounds from senior Connor Beranek (Ravenna) with fellow forward Ethan Brozek (Norfolk Catholic H.S.) at 15 points, three assists and two rebounds. He was limited to 25 minutes as he fouled out with 3:58 left in the game.
Off the bench, Kansas junior guard Josh Sweet supplied 12 points (2 of 3 threes) and five defensive rebounds in 29 minutes.
Kearney is at Wayne State on Monday, November 30th.
Huskers Win Both Duals in Grapple at the Garden
The No. 5 Nebraska wrestling team (6-0) defeated No. 7 Cornell and Princeton in the Grapple at the Garden (Madison Square Garden) on Sunday.
The Huskers opened the day with a 21-14 triumph over Cornell. No. 13 Anthony Abidin (141) and No. 5 Jake Sueflohn (149) provided bonus points in helping NU build an 18-4 lead after six bouts. Abidin earned a technical fall over Mark Grey, while Sueflohn won by major decision against Joey Galasso.
No. 12 Tim Lambert (125) got the Huskers started on the right note with a 6-4 decision over 18th-ranked Dalton Macri. No. 4 Austin Wilson (165) also topped a ranked opponent with his 2-0 win over 10th-ranked Duke Pickett. No. 11 Tyler Berger (157) and No. 15 Aaron Studebaker (197) added wins against Cornell.
No. 7 TJ Dudley (184) suffered his first loss of the season against top-ranked Gabe Dean, 11-3. No. 15 Micah Barnes (174) and No. 10 Eric Montoya (133) also lost to top-five opponents. Barnes fell to No. 2 Brian Realbuto and Montoya dropped a major decision to No. 4 Nahshon Garrett. In the final bout, No. 13 Collin Jensen (HWT) lost to Jeramy Sweaney, 5-2.
Against Princeton, the Huskers won the first two matches and six overall to tame the Tigers, 21-12. Barnes won his third match against a ranked opponent this season in his 7-4 victory over 11th-ranked Jonathan Schleifer at 174 pounds. Wilson (165) won by technical fall and Montoya (133) won by major decision to add bonus points for the Huskers.
Lambert (125) and Berger (157) added decisions, while Dudley (184) won by sudden victory-1 against No. 10 Abram Ayala. Abidin (141), Sueflohn (149) and Jensen (HWT) each lost by decision, while Derek White (197) fell in sudden victory-1 against No. 10 Brett Harner.
The Huskers open their Big Ten dual campaign in two weeks on the road. NU faces Maryland on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. (CT) and Rutgers on Saturday, Dec. 12 at noon. Both duals will be streamed on BTN Plus (subscription required).
Local Sports 11-30-2015
Clemson is still on top of the AP College Football Poll. The Tigers are 12-0 on the season after Saturday's 37-32 win over South Carolina. Alabama is second followed by Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan State. Rounding out the top ten are Ohio State, Stanford, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Florida State.
The Nebraska volleyball team will open the NCAA Tournament at home for a 12th straight season, as the Bob Devaney Sports Center was chosen as one of the 16 host sites for the NCAA first and second rounds. The Huskers, making their 34 straight NCAA Tournament appearance, were selected as the number four overall seed in the 64-team field. The Huskers will open the tournament on Friday against the Harvard Crimson, the first ever meeting between the two teams. It also marks Harvard's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The match will start at either 7:00pm or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 4:30pm match between Kansas State and Wichita State. The winners will play on Saturday to battle for a spot in the Lexington, Kentucky Regional on December 11th and 12th.
The Nebraska volleyball team closed the regular season with a three game sweep of Penn State on Saturday. The Huskers won the match 25-18, 25-18, 25-22. With the victory the Huskers claimed sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings and are riding a 10-match winning streak, their longest since 2011.
The Nebraska men's basketball team shot 60 percent from the field in the second half to post an 82-71 win over Tennessee in the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York. The Huskers are 5-2 on the season and will host Miami tomorrow night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip-off is set for 8:00pm. We'll have it on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 7:04pm.
The Nebraska women's basketball team was crushed by top ranked UConn 88-46 on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers are 4-1 on the season and will host North Carolina State on Thursday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip-off will be at 7:00pm. We'll have it on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.
Morningside is headed to the NAIA Football Championship Series Semifinals for the fourth year in a row after beating Tabor College 51-6 in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Mustangs will host defending NAIA Champion Southern Oregon on Saturday, while Marian of Indiana will travel to St. Francis of Indiana in the other semifinal.
The NAIA Volleyball Tournament gets underway tomorrow in Sioux City. Hastings College will play Loudes of Ohio in their first game of pool play. First serve will be at 3:15pm.
The Hastings College women's basketball team stretched their season opening winning streak to nine games on Saturday with a 81-64 win over Southwestern College. Holly Hild led the way with 20 points. The Broncos will play at Doane on Wednesday.
The Tri City Storm lost to Muskegon 4-3 on Saturday. The Storm will play at Lincoln on Saturday. Face-off is set for 7:05pm.