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NU volleyball schedule includes matches against Stanford, Louisville; Huskers expect 100% capacity for home matches

NU volleyball schedule includes matches against Stanford, Louisville; Huskers expect 100% capacity for home matches

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Nebraska’s Nicklin Hames (left) and Lexi Sun celebrate a point during Nebraska's three-set win against Iowa on March 20.

Steven M. Sipple, Parker Gabriel and Chris Basnett talk through a wild month of June so far in football recruiting and have a lengthy discussion about the Husker baseball team's run in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and what the next steps for Will Bolt's program look like. 

After only playing conference matches last season due to Big Ten Conference restrictions because of COVID-19, the Nebraska volleyball team will return to a normal schedule of four weeks of matches before the league season begins in the fall.

And Nebraska has put together an appealing slate of opponents that includes matches against in-state schools Creighton and Omaha, a road trip to play nine-time national champion Stanford and the return of former Husker player and assistant coach Dani Busboom Kelly as the fifth-year head coach for Louisville.

Nebraska announced its full schedule on Friday. Nebraska’s conference schedule includes two matches against defending league champion Wisconsin, which returns most of its players from the 2020-21 season.

The Nebraska Athletic Department is planning for 100% capacity for all home fall sporting events. Online season ticket renewals for volleyball will be available within the next two weeks.

The Huskers will begin the season on Aug. 27-28 by hosting Tulsa, Colgate and Kansas State in a tournament at the Devaney Sports Center. The following weekend, the Huskers will welcome Omaha, Georgia and Arizona State to Lincoln for another home tournament. Georgia’s roster includes Amber Stivrins, the younger sister of Lauren Stivrins. The elder Stivrins hasn’t yet announced whether she’ll be playing for the Huskers this season.

Nebraska will face in-state foe Creighton at CHI Health Center Omaha on Sept. 8 before returning home to host Utah on Sept. 11. Nebraska was scheduled to play Creighton last season in Omaha, and kept the Bluejays on the schedule, which is a big financial boost for the Creighton athletic department.

The Huskers' final week of nonconference action will feature a road trip to Stanford on Sept. 14, and a home match on Sept. 18 against Louisville. Louisville finished last season ranked No. 11.

The matches against Stanford and Louisville are part of a multiyear schedule agreement that also includes Kentucky, the defending national champion coached by former Husker assistant Craig Skinner. In 2022 the Huskers will play Kentucky and Stanford.

Nebraska's 20-match Big Ten schedule features single-play matches against Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Maryland. The Huskers will play home-and-home series against Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Nebraska and Wisconsin will play one match during the final week of the regular season, when the Big Ten title could still be on the line.

NU volleyball schedule

(Match times TBA unless noted)

Aug. 27, Tulsa, noon

Aug. 27, Colgate, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 28, Kansas State

Sept. 3, Omaha, noon

Sept. 3, Georgia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4, Arizona State

Sept. 8, at Creighton (CHI Health Center Omaha)

Sept. 11, Utah

Sept. 14, at Stanford

Sept. 18, Louisville

Sept. 22, at Northwestern 

Sept. 25, Iowa

Oct. 1, Michigan

Oct. 3, Michigan State

Oct. 8, at Penn State

Oct. 9, at Rutgers

Oct. 13, Indiana

Oct. 16, Illinois

Oct. 20, at Iowa

Oct. 23, Purdue

Oct. 27, Wisconsin

Oct. 30, at Minnesota

Nov. 4, at Illinois

Nov. 6, at Ohio State

Nov. 12, Maryland

Nov. 14, at Indiana

Nov. 19, Penn State

Nov. 20, Rutgers

Nov. 26, at Wisconsin

Nov. 27, at Purdue

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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