Nebraska women’s volleyball plays in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament against Penn State on Thursday, Dec. 14. Find match time, TV channel and watch online information below.
Nebraska took the first set, 25-18, and Penn State took the second, 25-23. The Nittany Lions took the third set, 26-24, but Nebraska came back to take set No. 4, 28-26.
Nebraska beat Colorado and Kentucky to get to the semifinal round.
Nebraska-Penn State volleyball NCAA Tournament: Time, match details
Nebraska and Penn State play at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 14.
Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Date: Thursday, Dec. 14
Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The Nebraska-Penn State volleyball match is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Dec. 14. The match is being played in Kansas City, Mo.
How can I watch the Nebraska-Penn State volleyball match on TV and online?
The Nebraska-Colorado match will be broadcast on ESPN. It can also be streamed online on ESPN3 through WatchESPN.
How can I listen to the Nebraska-Penn State volleyball game on the radio?
Nebraska and Penn State can be heard on the Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM and 1400 KLIN in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. Online radio will be available at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App.
John Baylor and Lauren Cook will have the call.
Nebraska-Penn State volleyball: NCAA Tournament preview
The fifth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team faces No. 1 seed Penn State at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. It’s one of two NCAA Semifinals on Thursday.
Nebraska punched its ticket to Kansas City after defeating fourth-seeded Kentucky, 3-1, in Lexington, Ky., last Saturday. This is Nebraska’s third consecutive trip to the Final Four. It is also the Huskers’ 14th all-time semifinal appearance, which ranks second in NCAA history. Nebraska currently owns a 7-6 record in the NCAA Semifinals and has won four national titles.
The Huskers are also more than familiar with their semifinal foe. Nebraska and Penn State (33-1) meet after the Huskers handed the Nittany Lions their only loss this season. That matchup happened on Sept. 22 in University Park. Beyond that, Nebraska also eliminated Penn State from the 2016 NCAA Tournament when the Huskers came from behind for the win in the regional semifinal.
Interestingly enough, this is the second straight season where Nebraska will face a rematch with a semifinal opponent that the team beat during the regular season and then eliminated from the previous year’s NCAA Tournament. In 2016, Nebraska beat Texas during the regular season after topping the Longhorns in the NCAA final the year before.
Coach John Cook is looking to add another championship to the Huskers’ trophy case. He has won three national championships with Nebraska and has coached a Husker team in the NCAA Semifinals eight times in his 18 seasons. Nebraska’s last national title came in 2015. The Huskers also won the Lexington Regional that year.
Nebraska will lean on players like Kelly Hunter, who was named the Big Ten Setter of the Year and AVCA North Region Player of the Year. She has been putting up 10.84 assists per set and 2.67 digs per set. Hunter also ranks second in school history with 4,041 career assists.
Beyond Hunter, Nebraska has Mikaela Foecke who leads the team with 3.47 kills per set and adds 2.26 digs per set in her first season as a six-rotation player. She was named a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and was the Lexington Regional Most Outstanding Player.
Annika Albrecht is also providing 3.08 kills per set and 2.74 digs per set, and boasts 137 career service aces. That ranks sixth in NU career history. She was also named to the All-Big Ten team.
After practice Wednesday, Cook and the team addressed the matchup with the Nittany Lions and what the Huskers are thinking heading into semifinals.
“Our match-up with Penn State, if you’ve followed the history of us, Nebraska-Penn State, we’ve had a lot of epic matches,” Cook said. “I’ve been having a lot of flashbacks to several years, 2008, 2011, last year and of course our match with them this year at Penn State. So it’s one of the, I think, most exciting rivalries, if you want to call it that, in college volleyball. They’re a lot of fun to play, and I think both teams bring out the best in each other.
“So it’s exciting for volleyball. Everybody has been chasing Penn State with what they’ve done over the last ten years. They set a really high bar. So we’re excited to play them.”