The United States women's volleyball national team won the Pan American Cup title on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 29-27) sweep of Dominican Republic in Trujillo, Peru.
Former Huskers Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes were on the U.S. team and played big roles for the Americans throughout the tournament. Rolfzen was named the Pan Am Cup's best attacker, posting double-digit kills in three of the five matches she played in. Wong-Orantes was voted the best libero. She had a match-high 19 digs in the title match.
Former Huskers have had an impressive run of international success over the past couple weeks. Last weekend, Kelsey Robinson, Jordan Larson and Mikaela Foecke were crowned champions with the U.S. National Team at the Volleyball Nations League in China. Also last weekend, former Husker Sarah Pavan clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after winning Canada's first-ever gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Comments from Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky
The McCook Bison Boys golf team competed in the Ron Coleman Invitational at Heritage Hills golf course in McCook on Tuesday April 16th. It was a very pleasant day weather wise with some windy conditions late in the round.
Rosters and coaches for the 2019 McCook Community College Wild West all-star volleyball classic have been announced and include four players who will begin their Lady Indian careers at the game in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The game is set for June 22 at 3 p.m. This all-star game (previously operated through the Sertoma Club) features area high school graduates, including four of the newest members of the MCC volleyball team. Admission is $8 for adults $5 for children 18 and younger with children four and younger admitted free. McCook High School graduate Jayceea Hanson, a Lady Indian recruit, will make her post-high school debut in the game and will be joined by McCook High School teammate Robin Grigg on the East Squad. The team will be coached by Athena Messinger and assisted by Nick Nothnagel. Other team members include Nicole Elizabeth Dewey of Southwest, Alex Ellermeier, of Medicine Valley and Arapahoe teammates Joslyn North and Chloe Carlson. Gothenburg has four players on the east squad including: Lauren Johnson, Amaya Ackerman, Kendal Wahlgren and Ainsley Rickertsen. Three players from North Platte St. Pat’s were selected and include: Calli Groseth, Kaleigh Kummer, and Hayley Homan. Rounding out the East team are Lexington’s Jennifer Nava, Elwood’s Baylee Diefenbaugh and Bertrand’s Lindsay Schutz. The West squad has a distinct MCC flavor with 2018 graduate Dylann Bylund (Colorado Springs) to coach the team and assisted by another 2018 grad in Sidney Kizer (Northglen, Colo.). Their team includes three incoming MCC freshmen in Hershey’s Emily Barr, and four players from Ogallala including future Lady Indians Mackenzie Anderson and Madison Mendoza as well as Emma Krab and Leslie Fair. Barr will be joined by her former Hershey teammates Channing Holm and Ashley Hassett. Dundy County-Stratton teammates Grace Frederick and Adalene Krutsinger were named to the West all-star team along with Wauneta-Palisade’s Monique Gooden, Chase County’s Allison Owings, and Hitchcock County’s Amanda Horinek and Kyleigh Scott. North Platte High School’s Abbie Hedgecock and Peyton Donovan Negley round out the team.
The GIRLS bracket has been updated with the results of the Quarterfinal Round played on Monday, 01/21/2019. The BOYS bracket has been revised as a result of inclement weather being experienced by member schools today. The BOYS Quarterfinal round will now be played on Wednesday, 01/23/2019 at the same sites and times as originally scheduled.
The 2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament brackets that have been updated following the Boys Quarterfinal Round played on Wednesday, 01/23/2019.
The 2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament brackets that have been updated following tonights Semifinal Boys play. With the completion of play tonight, the field is complete for Championship Saturday to be played tomorrow (Saturday, 01/26/2019) in McCook, NE at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. The order of the Championship Saturday games will be Girls Consolation/Boys Consolation/Girls Championship/Boys Championship.
The Nebraska vs. Colorado State spring volleyball match will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the McCook Community College Graff Events Center, 401 E. M St., in McCook. Tickets for the event are sold out. Both the southeast and southwest entry doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Seating is general admission only. Attendees must have a ticket to enter and no one, other than event staff, will be allowed in early. Ticket lines will begin on the north end of both the east and west side of the Graff Events Center. Parking will be available on the east and north sides of the building, but parking on the west side will be prohibited. Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lot prior to the game, however, no alcohol or tobacco will be allowed on site. Restrooms will be available at the city park. In order to promote fairness and equal opportunity to all ticketholders, saving seats for large parties will not be allowed and will be monitored by event staff. The UNL 150th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit will be on display in the Auxiliary Gym for the duration of the event. There will also be an autograph session in the Auxiliary Gym immediately following the game.
A series of runs cost the Nebraska men’s basketball team Monday night in a 76-69 road loss at Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights strung together four runs of 8-0 or greater, including scoring eight straight points after Nebraska had tied the game at 67 with 2:02 to play. Nebraska (13-6 overall, 3-5 Big Ten) led by as many as 13 in the first half and eight in the second half, but every time the Huskers tried to pull away, Rutgers (9-9, 2-6) responded.
In the first half, the Scarlet Knights had an 8-0 run to erase a six-point deficit and a 15-0 run to erase a 13-point Husker lead. During those two runs, Rutgers outscored Nebraska 23-0 in a span of just 3:45. Then in the second half, an 8-0 Rutgers run wiped out an eight-point Nebraska lead, and the Scarlet Knights used a 7-0 run to erase a one-point deficit and take the lead for good with less than 10 minutes to play.
James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska with 22 points before fouling out. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 16 points and eight rebounds, but he was held to just two points in the second half. Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 14 points for a Nebraska team that shot just 41.7 percent from the field, including hitting only 10-of-28 shots in the second half. The Huskers were also just 10-of-18 from the free-throw line on the game. .
The first half featured big runs for both teams. The Huskers used 9-0 and 13-2 runs to lead by as many as 13. Rutgers responded with a 15-0 run to take a late lead before Nebraska scored the final seven points of the half to head to the locker room with a 38-33 advantage. Copeland had 14 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Palmer added 10 points.
Nebraska missed its first five shots of the game and took more than three minutes to make its first field goal. But the Huskers then hit four of their next five shots to spark a 9-0 run. Isaiah Roby scored the first four points of the run and Palmer the final five, as Palmer’s 3-pointer gave Nebraska a 10-4 lead. Following a Rutgers timeout, the Scarlet Knights scored eight straight points to take a 12-10 advantage.
After briefly falling behind, Nebraska used a 13-2 run to build a 25-16 lead with six minutes to play in the half. Copeland scored seven points during the run, and the Husker defense limited Rutgers to just two fields during the nearly eight-minute run, while forcing seven turnovers. Nebraska stretched the lead to 13 with less than five minutes remaining in the half but just when it looked like the Huskers might be pulling away, Rutgers exploded for a 15-0 run in less than three minutes to regain the lead at 33-31. Nebraska answered right back with a 7-0 run over the final 1:02, with Palmer’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer giving the Huskers a five-point halftime lead.
Rutgers opened the second half with a quick basket before Nebraska scored the next five points, including a four-point play from Watson. Trailing by eight, the Scarlet Knights responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 43 less than four minutes into the period. The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes before Rutgers hit a 3-pointer to take its first lead of the second half at 50-47 with 11:46 to play.
Nebraska regained a one-point advantage on a Thomas Allen 3-pointer only to see Rutgers score the next seven points and take a 59-53 with 7:13 remaining. The Scarlet Knights stretched the lead to seven with five minutes to play and continued to lead by at least three until Nebraska used an 8-1 run tied the game at 67. But Rutgers again answered as it had all night, scoring eight straight points and 10 of the game’s final 12 points to secure the win.
Montez Mathis led Rutgers with 20 points, while Geo Baker scored 16 points and Myles Johnson added 13. That trio combined for 33 second-half points, as Rutgers outscored Nebraska 43-31 over the final 20 minutes.
Nebraska is back in action on Saturday when the Huskers host the Ohio State Buckeyes at 11 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game will be televised nationally on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.
Postgame Notes*-James Palmer Jr. finished with 22 points, his 10th 20-point effort of the season and 18th of his career.
*-Palmer finished in double figures for the 18th time in 19 games this season finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. *-Nebraska reached double figures in steals for the fifth time this year and finished with 11 steals. The Huskers came into the game leading the Big Ten with 8.3 steals per game.
*-Nebraska went 10-of-18 from the foul line, its lowest performance from the foul line this year. NU entered the game shooting 73 percent from the line overall and 75 percent in Big Ten play.
*-Rutgers’ 15-0 run in the first half run marked only the third double-figure run against Nebraska this season.
Former Dundy County-Stratton standout Phalen Sanford is walking on as a redshirt freshman for the Nebraska Football Team. Sanford will also participate in Track also at UNL on a scholarship. After High School Sanford went to Hastings College for Football and Track his Freshman year. Seth Baumert with the Hometown Family Radio Sports Network able to chat with Sanford about his decision to head to the Capital City.