The No. 2-ranked Gophers volleyball team will host No. 1 Nebraska at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sports Pavilion.

The Cornhuskers (26-1, 17-1 Big Ten) are the defending national champions and are in first place in the conference race.

The match is on BTN at 8 p.m.

Their lone loss was to Ohio State on Oct. 1; they have a 14-match winning streak and have not dropped a set in their previous five matches.

Kadie Rolfzen leads balanced Nebraska with 283 kills (3.11 kills per set), followed by Mikaela Foecke (259), Briana Holman (219), Andie Malloy (218) and Amber Rolfzen (184).

Sarah Wilhite leads the Gophers with 409 kills (4.13 per set), followed by Alexis Hart (290) and Hannah Tapp (269).

The Gophers (23-4, 15-3) fell to the Cornhuskers in five sets Oct. 23 in Lincoln in their last meeting and are 6-33 all-time against Nebraska since 1975.

Nebraska, which can clinch a tie for the Big Ten title with a victory over Minnesota, is third in the nation with a .300 hitting percentage. The Gophers are fifth at .296.


• Senior defender Rashida Beal of the Gophers women’s soccer team, was named a first team academic All-America player by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A psychology major and neuroscience minor, she has a 3.95 grade-point average.

• The Gophers men’s gymnastics team is ranked No. 4 in the NCAA preseason poll. Minnesota placed sixth at the 2016 NCAA Championship, its best team finish in nine years. The Gophers return 18 of 20 gymnasts, including All-America gymnasts Zach Liebler, Joel Gagnon and Justin Karstadt. Oklahoma, Stanford and Ohio State were the top three teams, in that order.

• River Hart, who plays out of the Sanchez Academy in Naples, Fla., signed with the Gophers women’s tennis team. She is a native of Nassau, Bahamas. Hart has reached the semifinals of three International Tennis Federation tournaments and beaten players ranked in the top 200.

• Northern State women’s basketball coach Curt Fredrickson, in his 38th season, got his 800th career win when the visiting Wolves beat Nebraska-Kearney 71-45 on Monday.