Huskers get ready for next round

Following sweeps of Fairfield and No. 25 Oregon in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, the eighth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team returns to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for regional play. The Huskers will meet the ninth-seeded San Diego Toreros on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Devaney Center. The winner between Nebraska and San Diego will advance to Saturday's 8 p.m. (CT) regional final against Texas or American.

The Huskers have been playing some of their best volleyball of late as they have posted four sweeps in the last five matches. In the first two NCAA tournament matches of the year, the Huskers were active at the net as Nebraska tallied 13 blocks against Oregon and 11 against Fairfield. Nebraska is making its 29th appearance in the regional round.

San Diego is making its 17th NCAA tournament appearance and its fourth consecutive trip. The Toreros have produced sweeps in both matches of the NCAA Tournament, topping UC Santa Barbara in the first round and Arizona in the second round.

Friday night's match will be the fifth meeting between Nebraska and San Diego. Nebraska leads the all-time series at 4-0. The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 8, 2006 in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in Gainesville, Fla. The Huskers topped USD in three sets.


The Devaney Center will open at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14 as fans are encouraged to come early and watch the Regional Final from Champaign, Ill., on the big screens in the arena. Fans will be able to buy concessions, get priority general admission parking and watch one of the teams advance to the National Semifinal match.

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