Dec 02, 2019 2:42 PM

Huskers Earn No. 5 National Seed in NCAA Tournament

Posted Dec 02, 2019 2:42 PM

By NU Athletic Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team was selected as the No. 5 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and will host the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds at the Bob Devaney Sports Center next weekend.

The Huskers, making their 38th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, will open the tournament on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. against the Ball State Cardinals (20-11), champions of the Mid-American Conference. The 4:30 p.m. match will feature the Northern Iowa Panthers (24-10) of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Missouri Tigers (21-7) of the SEC. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Baylor, Texas, Stanford and Wisconsin received the top four seeds from the NCAA Tournament committee. Should those teams all advance past the first weekend, they would host an NCAA regional the following weekend. Nebraska is in Wisconsin's region along with No. 12 national seed Hawaii and No. 13 Texas A&M. The Huskers would only have an opportunity to host an NCAA regional if they advance past the opening two rounds and Wisconsin gets upset in the first or second round.

Tickets to the first and second round in Lincoln will be available to purchase online at Sunday evening, or by calling 800-8-BIG RED beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Streaming and broadcast information will be announced later this week. 

The Huskers, who have been to the last four NCAA Semifinals and won National Championships in 2015 and 2017, finished the regular season 25-4 overall and 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska is 2-0 all-time against Ball State with the last meeting on Sept. 11, 2004 in Lincoln. The Cardinals are making their first tournament appearance since 2011. Missouri was Nebraska's NCAA second-round opponent at the Devaney Center last year. The Huskers played Northern Iowa in 2017 during the regular season in Omaha, dropping a 3-1 match.

The 2019 season marks the 35th time that Lincoln has hosted NCAA first and second round competition. Nebraska is 113-32 (.779) in 37 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2019 Husker squad is looking to become the first Nebraska volleyball team to reach five consecutive final fours. This year's NCAA Championship is set for December 19-21 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

NCAA First and Second Round Schedule

First Round – Friday, Dec. 6

4:30 p.m. – Northern Iowa vs. Missouri

7 p.m.* – Ball State vs. Nebraska

*or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 4:30 p.m. match, but no sooner than 7 p.m.

Second Round – Saturday, Dec. 7

7 p.m. – First Round Winners

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Dec 02, 2019 2:42 PM
KC Royals new owner now official, pens letter to fans

Royals fans mark November 26th 2019 on your calendar. It marks the day that a new owner takes the reins of the franchise and possibly takes it in a winning direction.

The 26th of November, 2019 is the day the paperwork was cleared and John Sherman officially became the new majority owner of the Kansas City Royals. Sherman has experience with the front office of a MLB franchise having worked with the Cleveland Indians as a minority shareholder and vice chairman in 2016.

Sherman wrote a letter to the Royals fanbase upon assuming the mantle of owner, here it is:

November 26, 2019 

I want to thank you for your support and passion for the Kansas City Royals. Since the franchise began play in 1969, our fans have supported their team and embraced our players. The Royals, like other Major League Baseball franchises, give fans in Kansas City and across our region a sense of belonging and pride. We will strive to be competitive on the field and deeply involved in the community. Our goal is to grow the great game of baseball while providing our fans with a great game experience at beautiful Kauffman Stadium. 

Two very important men preceded me. Royals founder Ewing Kauffman gave Kansas City a chance to shine as a Major League city and champion and, in doing so, helped turn the area into a spotlight for excellence and community spirit. My friend, David Glass, carried on that legacy and brought back to Kansas City playoff baseball, another world championship and an unforgettable celebration that Royals fans will forever remember. 

As we embark upon this new chapter of Royals baseball, my partners and my family pledge to continue to provide Royals fans with an organization that they will be proud of. Our entire organization is working to compete at the highest level on the field. Through the draft and development process, we’re encouraged about another core group of pitchers and position players heading to the Major League level. I am confident that the Royals have a bright future. 

We will also endeavor to be outstanding community partners. I believe to my core that education is the key, from the inner city to our suburbs and every big and small town in the Midwest. Through Royals Charities and other initiatives, we will harness the excitement of a Major League franchise to make the lives of our fans and our communities better. 

As we start this journey together, we look to continue to build on our great history. We are proud of our fans and our hometown. We look forward to being the stewards of this great franchise. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. As Royals fans, we’re looking forward to the seasons ahead! 

On behalf of the entire organization, we thank you. 


John Sherman Chairman and CEO