Nebraska Head Volleyball Coach John Cook speaks at a press conference before Nebraska goes on the road to face Minnesota and Wisconsin
Nebraska Head Volleyball Coach John Cook speaks at a press conference before Nebraska goes on the road to face Minnesota and Wisconsin

The Nebraska women’s volleyball team (22-3, 14-2 Big 10) is looking forward to a challenging weekend on the road.

Coming off a near upset loss to Iowa Saturday, a team they have never lost to, the Huskers meet two Top 10 ranked teams on the road. They take on Minnesota (20-4, 14-2 Big 10) on Friday before heading to Wisconsin (19-5, 15-1 Big 10) on Sunday.

The Huskers, who have not seen the Golden Gophers since last season, have dominated the series, winning 33 of the 42 meetings dating back to 1975. The Golden Gophers beat the Huskers twice last season.

“It’s a big week,” setter Nicklin Hames said. “These two games have a little more priority but we’re just going to be ourselves and go out and battle hard.”

The match with Minnesota is set for a national TV audience, with BTN airing the game that starts just after 8 CST Friday Night, with Husker Sports Network carrying the local radio call.

Fast forward a day and a half, go four hours east to find Nebraska’s next opponent, Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers have won their last three matches including a 3-1 victory at Minnesota. They are setting the pace in Big 10 at 15-1, with the Huskers, Wisconsin and Penn State all tied for second at 14-2.

The Cornhuskers got swept by the Badgers in early October in the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln.

“They are at the top of the conference, they’ve been playing the best volleyball so we have a challenge,” head coach John Cook said.

The match at Wisconsin will be televised live on BTN and aired on Husker Sports Network with first serve set for just after 1:30 CST.

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