NebraskaNebraska Volleyball player Sarah Pavan has been named the 2006 Volleyball Play Of the Year!  Pavan, a biochemistry major who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, also won college volleyball’s top academic honor earlier this season. The only other woman to win player of the year accolades for both academic and on-court excellence was former Stanford star Ogonna Nnamani, who did it in 2004.

Nebraska is the first school to have back-to-back National Player Of The Year awards.  Last year Christina Houghtelling won the award.  Houghtelling will be back next year for her senior year as she took this year off to rehab from shoulder surgery.

Congrats to Sarah Pavan!

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NebraskaSarah Pavan collected 22 kills and Tracy Stalls hit .577 with a career-high 17 kills as top-ranked Nebraska (32-1) overcame a first-game loss to defeat fourth-seed UCLA (33-4) 23-23, 30-28, 30-23, 30-28 on the strength of 22 kills from Pavan during the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship semifinals at the Qwest Center Omaha Thursday evening. The match was played in front of a NCAA match-record crowd of 17,013 fans.Pavan collected a double-double with 22 kills and 10 digs, while Stalls finished the match with 19.5 points on 17 kills, three block assists and a block solo. Dani Mancuso chipped in 12 kills and two block assists for the Huskers. Kori Cooper contributed 11 points on eight kills and team-high six blocks while hitting .389 for the Huskers.

Jordan Larson scored five of her six kills in the final game to go with 25 digs and five block assists, while Rachel Hollway turned in 52 assists, 11 digs, five kills on nine errorless swings and two block assists. Dani Busboom charted a team and personal-career high 29 digs on defense, the second most by a Husker all-time in NCAA tournament history.

Nebraska advances to the national championship match on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT against Stanford, a 3-0 winner over Washington in Thursday’s other semifinal. The Huskers extended their winning streak to nine matches, while UCLA had its eight-match win streak snapped.

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NebraskaThe No. 1 Nebraska Volleyball team will square off against No. 4 UCLA in the first NCAA semifinal on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. (central) at Qwest Center Omaha.The contest, which is already a sellout, will be carried live nationally on ESPN2 and on ESPNU and is the first of two national semifinals on Thursday.

The matchup between the Huskers (31-1) and Bruins (33-3) is a rematch of last season’s NCAA regional semifinal, a 3-0 Nebraska win last December in Omaha. NU leads the all-time series, 7-4, with four of the previous meetings taking place in the NCAA Tournament.

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NebraskaSarah Pavan and Jordan Larson combined for 41 kills, as No. 1 Nebraska clinchéd the first berth in the NCAA National Semifinals with a 25-30, 22-30, 30-20, 30-25, 15-9 victory over No. 9 Minnesota Saturday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.


The Huskers, who improved to 31-1 on the season, did it the hard way, winning the final three games after falling behind 2-0 to earn their 10th trip to the national semifinals. It marked the 10th time in school history and the first time in NCAA tournament play that Nebraska had rallied back from a 2-0 deficit.


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NebraskaNebraska junior Sarah Pavan was named the Big 12 player of the year Monday, marking the second straight season the 6-foot-5 Canadian hitter grabbed the conference’s top honor.

In the history of the program, six other NU standouts have won multiple conference player of the year awards. Pavan is the first Husker to win the prize in back-to-back seasons since Allison Weston did it in 1994 and 1995.

Pavan, who’s averaging 5.22 kills per game, is on pace to break the school’s single-season record of 5.09 set by Nancy Metcalf in 1999.

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NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska right side hitter Sarah Pavan was honored by the conference office Monday, as she was selected the Big 12’s Player of the Week for Nov. 13-19.The selection marks the second time this season and the fifth time in her career that Pavan has earned the Big 12’s weekly honor. The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, Pavan averaged 7.67 kills on .557 hitting, 1.17 service aces and 1.67 digs per game in sweeps of Texas A&M and Baylor. Pavan recorded 23 kills and hit over .500 in both matches last week, recording her sixth and seventh 20-kill efforts of the year.

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NebraskaNebraska volleyball fans will have two additional opportunities to watch the top-ranked Huskers over the next two weeks, as a pair of road contests have been selected for regional or national television broadcast.Nebraska’s match against No. 17 Missouri on Oct. 11 from Columbia will be carried throughout the Midwest on FSN Midwest. In Lincoln, the match will be available on Time Warner Cable Ch. 37, while fans in Omaha can watch the match on Ch. 47. For satellite dish owners, the match will be shown on Ch. 647 (DirecTV) and Ch. 418 (Dish Network). 

It is the first of two appearances on FSN Midwest, as the Oct. 25 match against Missouri will also be shown live, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Big 12 Conference also announced Saturday that Nebraska’s match with No. 11 Texas on Oct. 18 in Austin will be shown nationally on ESPNU (DirecTV Ch. 609; Dish Ch. 148). It will be the Huskers’ third appearance on ESPNU in the last two years, as Nebraska’s 2005 regional title match and NCAA semifinal match were both carried on the network. ESPNU also has exclusive coverage of all four NCAA Volleyball Regional Championship matches, as well as live coverage of this year’s national semifinals in Omaha from a sold-out Qwest Center OMAHA.


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NebraskaNebraska volleyball All-American Sarah Pavan received another honor Monday, as she was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for Sept. 4-10 by the conference office. 

Pavan led top-ranked Nebraska to a 3-0 record last weekend, claiming the Ameritas Players Challenge title. It is the fourth time that she has been awarded the Big 12’s weekly honor.

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NebraskaThe Nebraska volleyball team opens the 2006 season this week with four matches, beginning Tuesday evening against No. 20 San Diego. First serve at a sold-out Nebraska Coliseum (4,030 capacity) is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be carried across the state on the Pinnacle Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln, and on the Internet at

The Huskers find themselves in a familiar position to begin the season, as the Huskers are ranked first in the CSTV/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll. It marks the third time that Nebraska has opened the season in that spot (also 2001 and 2005).

The Huskers will have a vastly different lineup than the one that took the court at the end of last season. The Huskers must replace a trio of All-Americans, middle blocker Melissa Elmer and outside hitters Christina Houghtelling and Jennifer Saleaumua. Houghtelling underwent season-ending surgery in July and will redshirt this fall. Her absence sparked NU’s shift to the 5-1 offense. Despite the losses, NU returns five of its top eight players from last season, including two-time All-American Sarah Pavan and Big 12 Freshman of the Year Jordan Larson.

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NebraskaNebraska Volleyball is starting out the season right where they want to finish it.  That being the number one rated team in the county.  Despite the loss of Christina Houghtelling the Huskers still have the power to dominate teams throughout the country.

The Huskers received the third-highest number of first-place votes in the poll with 14. No. 2 Penn State grabbed the most with 17, No. 3 Washington was second with 16 and No. 4 Stanford earned the other 13 No. 1 votes. Florida was ranked No. 5.

Nebraska topped the rankings with 1,431 total points, edging Penn State’s 1,407.

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