Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, November 8, 2018
The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team began its stretch of four straight road matches with a sweep of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last night. They improved to 29-0 all-time against the Hawkeyes with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 win. Nebraska posted its third straight win behind twelve kills from Lexi Sun, who hit .400 for the match and also added eleven digs. Mikaela Foecke added 13 kills on .344 hitting with eight digs and three blocks playing in her home state. Foecke became the eighth Husker in school history to reach 1,500 career kills with her first kill of the match. The Big Red were sharp offensively for the second straight match, hitting .333 after hitting .427 against Rutgers on Saturday. They held Iowa to a .070 hitting percentage, its lowest mark of the season. Nebraska improves to 19-6 overall and 10-5 in the Big Ten while the Hawkeyes drop to 13-13 overall and 5-10 in the conference.
The Omaha World Herald reports that Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco is one of 53 nominees for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best assistant. Verduzco is credited for his work with Adrian Martinez. The true freshman quarterback, recruited to Nebraska by Verduzco and Scott Frost, has thrown for 1,922 yards and run for 480 with 18 total touchdowns. His passing total is a school record for a freshman. Nebraska has not produced a winner of the Broyles Award, which was first handed out in 1996.
The Omaha World Herald reports that Former Husker running back Ameer Abdullah was claimed off waivers yesterday by the Minnesota Vikings according to ESPN. Abdullah was waived Tuesday by the Detroit Lions in his fourth season with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2015. He had played in three games this season for Detroit with one rush for one yard, two catches for 18 yards and an average of 26.8 yards on four kickoff returns. The 5-3-1 Vikings have a bye this week before facing Chicago in primetime Nov. 18.
The Northeast Hawks volleyball team will meet North Dakota State College of Science at 12:00 CDT in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday, November 15. The eighth-seeded Hawks, who have not played since October 28th, enter the match with a 19-13 record having won three in a row. The ninth-seeded Wildcats have a mark of 30-2. They’ve claimed ten in a row and last played on November 3rd. Both teams have suffered losses to Johnson County CC of Kansas and Iowa Central CC.
The State Volleyball Tournament gets underway at various sites in Lincoln today. Regarding area teams, in Class ‘C-1’ at Lincoln North Star High, Columbus Scotus meets Lincoln Lutheran at 3:30 and Wayne faces Wahoo High at 7:30. In Class ‘C-2’ at Lincoln Southwest, Stanton plays Battle Creek at 3:30 and Hartington Cedar Catholic tangles with Thayer Central at 7:30. In Class ‘D-1’ at Lincoln East, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family plays Diller/Odell at 5:30. In Class ‘D-2’ at Lincoln Southeast, Ewing meets Falls City Sacred Heart at 1:30, Wynot faces Exeter/Milligan at 3:30, and Chambers/Wheeler Central goes head to head with Mullen at 7:30.
This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Dylan Kautz of the Norfolk Catholic football team. In last week’s 56-12 Class ‘C-2’ quarterfinal playoff win over St. Paul, he ran for 220 yards off 17 carries and five touchdowns. This season, Kautz has run for 2376 yards and 40 touchdowns. He was nominated by Coach Jeff Bellar. Congratulations to Dylan Kautz of the Norfolk Catholic football team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Local Schedule: Nebraska-Omaha vs. Purdue-Ft. Wayne at Denver, CO (Summit League M. Socc. Semifinal-5:00).
Local Scores: Drake 83 Nebraska 77 (WBB); South Dakota 77 Creighton 65 (WBB); Marquette 1 (17) Creighton 1 (Marquette wins shootout 10-9) (BIG EAST M. Socc. Semifinals).
Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Dylan Kautz of the Norfolk Catholic football team.
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