Nebraska’s regular-season home finale against Rutgers scheduled for Saturday night has been cancelled due to non-COVID related illnesses within the Scarlet Knights’ program.
The Scarlet Knights also had to cancel their Friday match at Minnesota. According to Big Ten policies, the cancellations will be considered forfeits for Rutgers and wins for Nebraska and Minnesota.
Nebraska will now honor its five seniors after Friday night’s match against No. 15 Penn State. Middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and outside hitter Lexi Sun will exhaust their eligibility at the end of the season while setter Nicklin Hames and middle blockers Kayla Caffey and Callie Schwarzenbach could choose to return for an extra season of eligibility like Stivrins and Sun did this year.
Coach John Cook said he has not discussed a return with any of the seniors and doesn’t plan to do so until after the season, but all three wanted to take part in Nebraska’s senior day ceremony.
Nebraska will likely host postseason matches, but even so Caffey, a Missouri transfer, knows her time playing in front of the Husker faithful could be coming to an end soon.
“It’s really sad, Caffey said. “This has become my second home. I’m really glad that I chose to come to Nebraska. These girls are like my best friends. I love the coaching staff. So it’s really sad.”
The Red Cross will collect monetary donations at the entrances to the Devaney Center ahead of Friday’s match. Nebraska’s release announced that the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office will issue refunds for tickets and parking purchased for Saturday’s match at the conclusion of the season.
Saturday’s match is the second Nebraska has lost to cancellation this season as Tulsa had to pull out of the Husker Invitational at the beginning of the season, costing Nebraska its scheduled season opener.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. 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.