The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team (2-0) plays host to the Ameritas Players Challenge this weekend, Sept. 3-4, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers open Friday with Omaha (1-1) at 11 a.m., followed by Georgia (2-1) that evening at 6 p.m. The tournament concludes Saturday with Arizona State (2-1) in a 6 p.m. finale.
• After a 2-0 weekend at the Husker Invitational, Nebraska moved up one spot to No. 4 in the national rankings.
• Following her collegiate debut, Lexi Rodriguez was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday.
• Kayla Caffey’s .682 attack percentage leads the Big Ten.
• The family connection runs deep this weekend: Georgia’s Amber Stivrins is the younger sister of Nebraska’s Lauren Stivrins. Amber began her career at Louisville in 2019, and the two have never faced each other in a collegiate match.
• Lindsay Krause, Arizona State’s Allie Gray and Omaha’s Shayla McCormick were high school teammates at Skutt Catholic, where the trio lettered four years and won four state titles.
• Omaha coach Matt Buttermore served as a ball boy at the NU Coliseum in his youth. He is married to the former Laura Pilakowski, a two-time All-America outside hitter who lettered at Nebraska from 1999-2002. She is a member of UNO’s strength & conditioning staff and previously led NU’s volleyball strength & conditioning program from 2004-11.
• Anni Evans finished with a career-high 12 assists — all in the fourth set — in Saturday’s 3-1 win over K-State. With NU trailing 12-6 in the fourth, she helped the Huskers rally to cap the four-set victory.
• Nebraska’s 15.5 blocks last Friday vs. Colgate were its best block total since Nov. 2, 2018 vs. Penn State (20.0).
• Over his 29-year coaching career, John Cook is 1-0 vs. Omaha, 3-1 vs. Georgia and 1-0 vs. Arizona State.