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Bekka Allick Earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week as Nebraska holds at No. 3 in Poll

October 17, 2022

Bekka Allick bounced back from missing Nebraska’s win at Michigan on Oct. 8 with an illness to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week with two strong performances in sweeps over Penn State and Northwestern.

Allick gives Nebraska back-to-back weekly Big Ten awards after Lexi Rodriguez was the co-Defensive Player of the Week last week.

Allick totaled 15 kills on .481 hitting, eight blocks, four digs and one ace to claim her first Big Ten honor.

Coach John Cook said he wasn’t sure if Allick would be ready to go for the team’s match against Penn State on Friday, so he had Maggie Mendelson practicing at middle blocker during the week in case the team needed her there. 

However, she was in the starting lineup against the Nittany Lions and posted six blocks on .385 hitting, six block assists, one ace and one dig as the Huskers swept the Nittany Lions.

Allick followed that up with nine kills on .571 hitting, three digs and two block assists against the Wildcats. She terminated all six of her swings in the third set including one on match point.

“She competes, and she does that every day in practice,” Cook said after the Northwestern match. “She works really hard. She wants to be great. And that’s what I really like about this team is we’ve got a lot of players that want to be great. She’s one of the ones that brings that energy and that that commitment every day. As you guys know, she’s got a lot of personality. She talks a lot, she’s very animated and I think it’s just awesome to be around every day. Like I said, she wants to be great and she’s doing it against some great players every night.”

The 2-0 week improved Nebraska to 16-1 overall and 8-0 in Big Ten play, and the Huskers remained at No. 3 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll.

In fact, the entire top eight remained unchanged. Texas (14-0) is still the unanimous No. 1 while Louisville (17-1) is at No. 2 for the fifth straight week.

No. 5 Wisconsin (13-3, 7-1 Big Ten) and No. 6 Ohio State (11-5, 7-1) both held their spots. Minnesota (10-6, 5-3) moved up one spot to No. 9 while Purdue (15-3, 6-2) dropped three spots to No. 12 after a five-set win at Indiana and a 3-0 loss at home to Maryland.

Penn State (15-4, 4-4) moved up one spot to No. 13 after losing in three to Nebraska and winning in five at Iowa as a result of last week’s No. 12, BYU, losing to unranked Pacific and dropping five spots. Michigan (13-5, 4-4) dropped one spot to No. 25 after a four-set loss at Wisconsin.

Northwestern is no longer receiving votes after two straight sweeps.

Among nonconference opponents, Stanford (13-4) remained at No. 7. Kentucky (11-5) moved up three spots to No. 16. Creighton (16-3) also moved up three spots to No. 18 after beating a ranked Marquette team in five sets in Omaha. Pepperdine (14-5) dropped two spots to No. 22.

Nebraska will head to West Lafayette for another top-15 showdown against the Boilermakers on Wednesday before signing through Champaign to take in Illinois (9-9, 4-4) on Saturday night. 

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