Who’s ready for some spring volleyball?
Nebraska announced on Wednesday that the Huskers will face Colorado State at McCook Community College in its spring exhibition match on April 20 at 1 p.m.
The Rams, who did not have a single senior on their roster, went 23-8 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament, falling to Tennessee in five sets in the first round.
The Huskers swept the Rams back in 2017 in Kearney. Nebraska did not play an exhibition last spring because of the team’s lack of eligible setters on campus following Kelly Hunter’s graduation and Hunter Atherton’s transfer and prior to Nicklin Hames’ arrival in Lincoln.
Approximately 1,300 tickets will go on sale on March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Graff Events Center on the campus at McCook. Tickets for people ages 2 and up will cost $10. There will be a limit of four tickets sold per individual for those 16 years old and up with a valid ID.
The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. on match day and the Huskers will hold an autograph session with the players after the match. For those looking to follow from home, the match will air on the Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at huskers.com and on the Huskers app.
The match continues Nebraska’s spring tour around the state as the Huskers have also played matches in Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala in recent years.
The Huskers return five starters from the 2018 national runner-up as Nebraska capped a 29-7 season with a loss to Stanford in the National Championship in Minneapolis. Hames, heading into her sophomore season as the starting setter, and junior-to-be middle blocker Lauren Stivrins headline a talented group of Huskers that also includes a pair of highly-touted recruits and early enrollees in Kenzie Knuckles, a defensive specialist, and Maddie Kubik, an outside hitter.
Jacob Padilla has been writing for Hail Varsity since 2015. He covers football, volleyball men’s basketball and prep sports. He also co-hosts the Nebraska Preps Postgame and Nebraska Shootaround podcasts for the Hurrdat Media and Hail Varsity podcast networks. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.