LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska beach volleyball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a pair of wins on Friday at the Hawks Championship Center.

Nebraska started the day off with a 5-0 win over McKendree and finished the day with a 5-0 win against Park. In between the Husker victories, McKendree topped Park, 3-2. 

In the morning win over McKendree, all six Husker pairs won in straight sets. In the evening win against Park, three matches went the distance with the Huskers prevailing in all three.

Ally Batenhorst and Bergen Reilly went 2-0 on the day, winning 21-11, 21-12 against McKendree and 21-17, 18-21, 15-11 against Park playing as NU's No. 2 pair. 

Lindsay Krause and Lexi Rodriguez were 21-12, 21-18 winners as NU's No. 1 pair against McKendree, and swept their exhibition match against Park to end the night, 21-4, 21-15. 

The rest of the Husker pairs were shuffled between matches. Merritt Beason and Harper Murray played together against McKendree and won 21-6, 21-15. Laney Choboy and Skyler Pierce were 21-13, 21-7 winners, and Maisie Boesiger and Andi Jackson won 21-11, 21-8. In the exhibition, Kyla Kenney and Olivia Mauch defeated McKendree's pair, 21-12, 21-10. 

Against Park, Choboy and Murray played as NU's top pair and won 21-14, 21-12. Beason teamed up with Jackson at No. 3 and won 21-15, 18-21, 15-10. The two freshmen, Mauch and Pierce, won their No. 4 match, 21-16, 17-21, 15-8, and Maisie Boesiger and Kyla Kenney finished off the sweep, 21-15, 21-13. 

Nebraska 5, McKendree 0
1. Krause/Rodriguez (NEB) def. Junker/Witt (MU): 21-12, 21-18
2. Batenhorst/Reilly (NEB) def. Diercks/Ramirez (MU): 21-11, 21-12
3. Beason/Murray (NEB) def. Hickel/Parisio (MU): 21-6, 21-15
4. Choboy/Pierce (NEB) def. Lahey/Williams (MU): 21-13, 21-7
5. Boesiger/Jackson (NEB) def. Hickman/Jamruk (MU): 21-11, 21-8
Exh. Kenney/Mauch (NEB) def. Pollard/Wilkerson (MU): 21-12, 21-10

Order of finish: 1,2,3,4,5

Nebraska 5, Park 0
1. Choboy/Murray (NEB) def. Ceratti/Pons Sales (Park): 21-14, 21-12
2. Batenhorst/Reilly (NEB) def. Alvarez/Stollar (Park): 21-17, 18-21, 15-11
3. Beason/Jackson (NEB) def. Ung/Marino (Park): 21-15, 18-21, 15-10
4. Mauch/Pierce (NEB) def. Martins/Bras (Park): 21-16, 17-21, 15-8
5. Boesiger/Kenney (NEB) def. Verdino/Kovac (Park): 21-15, 21-13
Exh. Krause/Rodriguez (NEB) def. Carrio Ubeda/Arruda (Park): 21-4, 21-15.

Order of finish: 1,2,3,4,5

TANKO BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD ON THIRD DAY OF BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nebraska swimming and diving closed the third day of the Big Ten Championships, hosted in West Lafayette, Ind., with a school record, a podium finish and 10 finals qualifications.

Beatrix Tanko broke the 100 butterfly school record, while touching the wall second in the B final. The freshman from Budapest, Hungary swam a 54.01 in prelims to book a spot in the final, where she went on to swim the record time of 53.16 and place 10th overall. Tanko’s time in the finals edged the previous record of 53.21, held by Taryn Collura (2016). Anna Vlachou, Lexi Kucera, Caitlin Cairns and Anastasia Tichy competed in the C final of the 100 butterfly and earned 21st-24th-place finishes, respectively.

Maia Hall swam a 1:01.11 in the 100 breaststroke prelim to earn a spot in the A final. The junior from Whitby, England came just shy of the school record in the final, clocking a 1:00.16 to place fifth overall.

JoJo Randby, the current school record holder in the event, logged a 13th-place finish overall after swimming a 1:01.65 in the 100 breaststroke B final. Amelia Riggott took 21st for the Huskers with a career-best time of 1:02.45 in the C final, and Sydney McCracken added a 23rd-place finish in the C final (1:03.11).

Gena Jorgenson captured 20th overall in the 400 IM, swimming a 4:14.78 in the C final. The sophomore from Aberdeen, S.D. dropped her career-best in the event by over a second a day after setting the 500 freestyle school record. Sarah Barton finished 30th in prelims with a time of 4:22.45.

Kucera and Giulia Marchi grabbed 32nd and 36th in the 200 freestyle prelims with times of 1:49.58 and 1:51.40. 

Cairns and Gabby Donahue finished 28th and 33rd in the 100 backstroke competition, posting times of 55.26 and 56.79. 

On the three meter, Abby Baxter logged a 17th-place finish for the Huskers to score points. The freshman from Coppell, Texas earned a score of 259.30. Antonina Harned finished 25th (243.05).

A team of Cairns, Vlachou, Tanko and Emily Haimes finished ninth for Nebraska in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.12.

The Huskers are currently in ninth place and will have one more day of competition beginning with prelims at 9 a.m. (CT) tomorrow morning. 

2024 Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette. Ind. (Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center)
February 21-24, 2024
Prelims at 9 a.m. (CT), Finals at 4 p.m. (CT)

Order of Events
Saturday
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Platform Diving
400 Freestyle Relay

HUSKER JUMPERS HIGHLIGHT FIRST DAY OF BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nebraska track and field competed at the opening day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Friday in Geneva, Ohio, securing an event title, a third-place finish and eight spots in the finals.

Till Steinforth jumped a massive 26-2 ¾ (7.99m) on his final attempt of the long jump to claim the Big Ten title. This marks Steinforth’s third Big Ten title, after winning the decathlon and the long jump at last season’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Today’s personal-best mark ties Steinforth for fourth in school history. Adding to the long jump success, Micaylon Moore placed fourth (24-6 ¼, 7.47m), Jaylen Lloyd finished fifth (24-3 ½, 7.40m), Jeremiah Charles took sixth (24-0 ¼, 7.32m) and Kavian Kerr added a seventh-place finish (23-11 ½, 7.30m). The five Huskers combined for 24 team points in the long jump.

Henry Zimmerman is the men’s weight throw bronze medalist after throwing 72-9 ¼ (22.18m) on his fourth attempt. Josh Marcy added an eighth-place finish with a distance of 65-9 (20.04m). Cammy Garabian placed 16th in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 63-0 (19.20m).

Darius Luff (7.71) and Brithton Senior (7.81) earned spots in the 60m hurdles final, running the third- and fourth-fastest prelims times among the field. Last year at this meet, the duo took home first and second and look to repeat tomorrow. In the women’s 60m hurdles prelims, Johanna Ilves ran a personal-best 8.32 to secure her spot in tomorrow’s final and climb to fifth in school history. Ilves’ previous best time was 8.35, ran at the Tyson Invitational this season.

Kavian Kerr came out blazing in the men’s 200m, covering the track in a personal-best 20.96 to finish fourth and qualify for the final. Garrett Kaalund ran his first 200m of the season today, clocking a 21.12 to grab a final’s spot of his own with the seventh-fastest time.

In the men’s 60m prelims, Jeremiah Smith ran a personal-best time of 6.74 to grab seventh place and a qualifying spot in tomorrow’s final. On the women’s side, Darby Thomas ran a personal-best 7.43 to take 11th and move up to sixth on the all-time list. Thomas added an 11th-place finish in the 200m, crossing the line at 24.19.

Nick Bryant, the defending Big Ten Indoor 600m Champion, ran a 1:17.05 in the 600m prelim to punch his ticket to the final with the sixth-fastest time. In the men’s 800m prelims, Niko Schultz was the top finisher for the Huskers, running a 1:49.52 to grab tenth. 

Berlyn Schutz cover the track in 4:45.94 in the women’s mile to qualify for tomorrow’s final.

Rebecca Pecora placed seventh in the pentathlon with a career-high 3781 points. In the 60m, she ran a 9.22 to claim 865 points, before adding 891 points in the high jump with a clearance of 5-8 (1.73m). Adding a mark of 29-2 ½ (8.90m), a leap of 18-08 ¾ (5.71m) in the long jump and a personal-best time of 2:21.35 in the 800m, Pecora closed the five events in scoring position. Favour Wanjoku joined Pecora in the pentathlon, contributing her best performances in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best 8.65 and the shot put with a 38-9 ½ (11.82m).

Matthias Algarin leads Nebraska in the heptathlon standings, sitting in fifth entering Saturday with 3039 points. Opening with the 60m, Algarin ran a 7.02 to earn 875 points. Berg added a time of 7.19, scoring 816 points in the first of seven events. In the long jump, Algarin leaped 23-4 ¾ (7.13m), moving up two spots in the overall rankings with 1720 total points. Kolby Heinerikson took seventh with a jump of 21-10 ¾ (6.67m) to jump up to eighth overall in the heptathlon. In the heptathlon shot put, Heinerikson was NU’s top finisher with a mark of 41-5 ¾ (41-5m) to come in tenth. The high jump portion was the final heptathlon event of the day. Cory Berg cleared 6-5 (1.96m), gaining 767 points to lead Nebraska. The three heptathletes will compete in the final three events tomorrow.

In the 5000m, Brynna McQuillen ran a 16:41.06, taking 13th with the eighth-fastest time in school history. Sadio Fenner ran a personal-best 14:30.69 in the men’s 5000m, placing 15th.

Jessica Gardner took home 12th in the women’s pole vault, clearing a height of 12-9 ½ (3.90m). In the women’s long jump, Darby Thomas was Nebraska’s top finisher jumping 19-05 ¼ (5.92m) to come in 14th. 

Tyrell Pierce was the top runner for the men, adding a personal best in the 400m, placing 11th with a time of 47.46. In the 400m, Meghan Walker took 14th in the prelim, running a personal-best time 55.04. 

Both the women’s and the men’s distance medley relays placed eighth, with the women (Schutz, Walker, Hayley Trotter, Ali Bainbridgeh) clocking an 11:26.56, the fourth best time in school history on an oversized track and the men (Gabe Nash, Jacob Hyde, Holden Ruse, Sam Kirchner) running a 9:50.98.

In the team standings, the men currently sit in second, eight points behind Wisconsin.

Action resumes tomorrow with the heptathlon at 10 a.m. (CT), field events at 10:30 a.m. (CT) and running events at 12:20 p.m. (CT).

BIG RED TAKE DOWN TEXAS TECH

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska men’s tennis team (7-4, 0-0 Big Ten) secured the 4-1 win on Friday night, over Texas Tech (5-5, 0-0 Big 12) in their 21st meeting. 

To kick off doubles against the Red Raiders, Court Three Leo Linquet and Shunya Maruyama had a dominant start and 6-2 win, over Jonas Gundacker and Takeyasu Sekiguchi. No. 1 doubles duo Anton Shepp and Nic Wiedenhorn battled, but fell 4-6, to TTU’s ranked No. 39 Sebastian Abboud and Piotr Pawlak. The doubles point came down to Court Two’s Lars Johann and Calvin Mueller. Johann and Mueller rallied into a set tiebreaker against Lorenzo Esquici and Olle Wallin. Johann and Mueller battled and took the tiebreaker, winning the match and clinching the doubles point, 7-6(10).

With the doubles point secured for NU, the Huskers took on the Red Raiders in singles. Mueller competed in the No. 2 slot and defeated Esquici in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Next to finish was Johann on Court Four, with a tight first set and dominant second. Johann won over Niksa Arsic, 7-5, 6-1. Shepp fought on Court One, matched up against ranked No. 85 Olle Wallin, but fell 4-6, 4-6. Rudi Christiansen clinched another singles point and the win for the Huskers, with his 6-3, 6-2, victory over Abboud on Court Six. No. 3 and No. 5 singles went unfinished, left at Maruyama up 6-1, 6-5, against Gundacker and Sysoev fighting in the second set, 6-4, 3-5, against Pawlak.

After defeating the Red Raiders, the Huskers claim a 7-4 start to the season program, the best since 2019. The win over TTU was only NU’s third in the series. With Johann and Mueller’s tiebreak win on Court Two, Mueller and the No. 2 doubles slot, improved to 9-2 in the spring.

Next, the Huskers host Tulsa on Sunday, Feb. 25. The match is set to start at 11 a.m. (CT), and admission and parking are free. Live stats and video will be available on Huskers.com, as well as live updates and content posted on X/Twitter at @HuskerMTennis.

#59 Nebraska 4, Texas Tech 1

Singles competition
1. Olle Wallin (TTU) def. Anton Shepp (NEB) 6-4, 6-4
2. Calvin Mueller (NEB) def. Lorenzo Esquici (TTU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) vs. Jonas Gundacker (TTU) 6-1, 6-5, unfinished
4. Lars Johann (NEB) def. Niksa Arsic (TTU) 7-5, 6-1
5. Nikolay Sysoev (NEB) vs. Piotr Pawlak (TTU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
6. Rudi Christiansen (NEB) def. Sebastian Abboud (TTU) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Sebastian Abboud/Piotr Pawlak (TTU) def. Anton Shepp/Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) 6-4
2. Calvin Mueller/Lars Johann (NEB) def. Lorenzo Esquici/Olle Wallin (TTU) 7-6 (12-10)
3. Leo Linquet/Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Jonas Gundacker/Takeyasu Sekiguchi (TTU) 6-2

HUSKERS SET PERSONAL BESTS AT BIG FIVES

The No. 23 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team saw three career highs and placed fourth out of five teams with a 195.725 team score at the Big Fives meet in College Park, Pa., on Friday evening.

Csenge Bácskay tied her career-high 9.850 on bars, Whitney Jencks notched a 9.850 on floor to tie her personal best, and Halle Rourke tied her career high on floor with a 9.900. Bácskay tied for third in the all around competition with a 39.325.

No. 8 Michigan State finished first (197.275), No. 14 Ohio State was second (197.000), No. 15 Minnesota placed third (196.900), No. 23 Nebraska was fourth (195.725) and Rutgers rounded out the field (195.275). 

Rotation One
The Huskers kicked off Big Fives on bars, scoring a 49.175 as a team. Spence, Bácskay and Simpton all led NU with a 9.850 – Bácskay’s tied her career high and Simpton’s tied her season high. Whitney Jencks notched a 9.825, while Clara Colombo earned a 9.800. Kinsey Davis rounded out the lineup with an 8.900. 

Rotation Two
The Big Red continued the night on beam and scored a 48.100 as a team. Bácskay and Sophia McClelland both registered a 9.800 to lead the team, while Allie Gard followed them with a 9.700. Isabel Sikon (9.475), Ayzhia Hall (9.325) and Spence (9.000) finished out the rotation. 

Rotation Three
Nebraska scored an impressive 49.375 on the floor, with Halle Rourke leading the way with a 9.900 that tied her career high. Bácskay, Spence and Martina Comin all posted a 9.875, and Whitney Jencks tied her career high with a 9.850. McClelland rounded out the lineup with a 9.775.  

Rotation Four
The Huskers concluded the meet on vault, recording a 49.075 as a team. Comin and Spence each earned a 9.850 to lead the time, while Hall and Bácskay followed them with a 9.800. Sikon and Davis rounded out the rotation, both with a 9.775.

Up Next
The Huskers will return home to face North Carolina, Southeast Missouri State and Illinois State on March 3. The meet will take place at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 1 p.m. (CT) and will be streamed on B1G+.

HUSKERS LOSE HEARTBREAKER TO NO. 19 BRUINS

The Nebraska softball team lost a heartbreaker to No. 19 UCLA on Friday at the Mary Nutter Classic, as the Bruins scored five times in the bottom of the seventh inning en route to a 9-8 walk-off win.

Nebraska trailed 4-1 after one inning before scoring seven straight runs to take an 8-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh. But UCLA used five hits, a walk and an error to rally for the win. The Huskers (6-5) lost two games on walk-off singles Friday.

Nebraska's offense produced eight runs, the most runs the Huskers have scored in 16 all-time meetings with UCLA. Billie Andrews powered the offense with a 3-for-5 day that included a pair of home runs, two RBIs and three runs scored. Samantha Bland doubled twice and drove in two runs, while Peyton Cody was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a pair of walks.

Kaylin Kinney (3-4) took the loss for Nebraska. Kinney threw 3.1 innings of relief and was charged with five runs (four earned). She had pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief heading into the seventh inning against UCLA and on the season, Kinney had not allowed an earned run in 16.1 relief innings until the Bruins' first run in the seventh inning.

Caitlin Olensky started in the circle for the Big Red and allowed four runs in 1.0 inning. Sarah Harness followed Olensky with 2.0 innings of two-hit, shutout relief.

Nebraska grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but missed a chance for more. Billie Andrews led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. A ground out moved Andrews to third before Ava Bredwell walked. With runners on the corners, Cody lined an RBI double to left center to score Billie Andrews. Brooke Andrews followed with a walk to load the bases but the next two Huskers were retired.

UCLA answered right back in the bottom of the frame. Mya Brady led off with a home run, and the Bruins loaded the bases with one out on a single, a walk and a hit batter. A two-run single to center gave UCLA a 3-1 lead before the Bruins loaded the bases again. A sacrifice fly one batter later pushed the lead to 4-1.

Billie Andrews cut into the lead with a two-out solo homer in the top of the second.

In the top of the third, Bredwell and Bella Bacon walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Caitlynn Neal then grounded a ball up the middle that ricocheted off the glove of Brady as Bredwell came around to score and cut the lead to 4-3. Bland then hit a sharp ground ball to second that was misplayed for another error, and Bacon came around to score the tying run.

Neither team scored in the fourth inning before Cody drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. Bacon worked another walk with one out to put Huskers on first and second base. Following a strikeout, Bland came through with a clutch two-out, two-run double to center that scored pinch runner Mckinley Malecha and Bacon to give Nebraska a 6-4 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, UCLA had a runner at second base with one out following a leadoff walk and a wild pitch. A single to center put Bruins on the corners but Kinney found her way out of the jam with a shallow fly out to left and a strikeout.

The Huskers stretched their lead to 7-4 when Billie Andrews sent the first pitch of the sixth inning over the fence in left. Nebraska went on to load the bases with two outs but could no extend its lead.

Looking for an insurance run, Bland led off the top of the seventh with a double down the left field line. She moved to third with one out and scored on a two-out error as Nebraska pushed its lead to 8-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, the first batter was retired before a pair of singles and a throwing error put Bruins on second and third with one out. An RBI double cut the lead to 8-5 before a walk loaded the bases. An error on a potential double play ball then allowed two runs to score. With runners on first and third with one out and Nebraska clinging to a one-run lead, an RBI single tied the game. Emmerson Cope then came into the game in relief and gave up the game-winning single to the only batter she faced.

Nebraska returns to action on Saturday with a game against No. 23 Oregon set for Noon (Central)

Post-Game Notes

  • Nebraska scored eight runs against the UCLA, the most the Huskers have ever scored in 16 all-time meetings with the Bruins (previous high was three). Today marked just the second time that Nebraska scored more than two runs against UCLA.
  • The Huskers hit two home runs in the game to extend their streak to six consecutive games with at least one home run.
  • NU drew a season-high seven walks in the game.
  • Billie Andrews had two home runs in the game, tying her career high. The two homers marked the seventh multi-homer game of her career, tying Tristen Edwards for the most career multi-homer games by a Husker.
  • The home runs were the 46th and 47th home runs of Andrews' career in the second inning. The two home runs moved her past Tatum Edwards and into fifth place on Nebraska's all-time home run chart.
  • Samantha Bland produced her second game with multiple RBIs, tying her career high with two RBIs. She had two doubles in the game, the second time in her first 10 career starts that she has had two doubles in a game.
  • Ava Bredwell tied her career high with two walks, the sixth time in her career she has drawn two walks in a game.
  • Bella Bacon set a career high with two walks.
  • Peyton Cody also set a career high with two walks.
  • Caitlin Olensky made her first career start for Nebraska in the circle.