Nebraska volleyball’s 2023 schedule is finally set.
The Big Ten released its league schedule, the final piece of the puzzle, on Wednesday.
Mark your calendars, Husker Nation. 🗓
— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) June 14, 2023
The nonconference schedule features seven home matches and two road trips (to Kansas State’s new arena on Sunday, Sept. 3 and to Stanford on Tuesday, Sept. 12).
The Huskers will open the season by hosting Utah State (Friday, Aug. 25), Lipscomb (Saturday, Aug. 26) and SMU (Sunday, Aug. 27) for the annual Ameritas Players Challenge.
Volleyball Day in Nebraska, featuring Nebraska’s match against Omaha at Memorial Stadium, is set for Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Nebraska will also host Creighton (Wednesday, Sept. 6), Tyler Hildebrand’s Long Beach State (Saturday, Sept. 9) and Kentucky ( Sunday, Sept. 17) to close out the nonconference. The Creighton match will be the first at the Devaney Center since 2019 after the teams did not play each other in 2020-21 and the annual game took place at CHI Health Center Omaha in 2021 and 2022.
In total, the nonconference slate features four matches against 2022 NCAA Tournament teams: Utah State, Creighton, Kentucky and Stanford.
Nebraska will see seven Big Ten teams both home and away — Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin. Nebraska will also host Illinois, Maryland and Ohio State while visiting Indiana, Iowa and Purdue.
The Badgers won the league title at 19-1 last season while the Huskers finished second at 16-4. Minnesota (15-5), Ohio State (15-5), Penn State (13-7) and Purdue (11-9) rounded out the top six in the conference standings and all made the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers will open Big Ten play with a pair of tough home matches against Ohio State (Friday, Sept. 22) and Minnesota (Sunday, Sept. 24) before hitting the road for four straight away games at Purdue (Friday, Sept. 29), Indiana (Saturday, Sept. 30), Michigan State (Friday, Oct. 6) and Michigan (Saturday, Oct. 7).
The Huskers will have two three-match home stands, one against Wisconsin (Saturday, Oct. 21), Maryland (Friday, Oct. 27) and Rutgers (Saturday, Oct. 28) and the other against Northwestern (Wednesday, Nov. 8), Illinois (Sunday, Nov. 12) and Michigan (Friday, Nov. 17).
Nebraska will close out the regular season with three straight road matches — at Iowa (Sunday, Nov. 19), Wisconsin (Friday, Nov. 24) and Minnesota (Saturday, Nov. 25).
Start times and TV information for most matches will be determined at a later date.