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The U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team, with three former Huskers on the roster, captured the gold medal at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League Sunday in Nanjing, China. Team USA defeated Turkey in five sets in the championship match, 17-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-15, 15-7. Former Husker Jordan Larson had 12 kills in the gold-medal match, along with two aces and one block. Libero Kelsey Robinson, who made her debut at the position for Team USA in Lincoln on May 17 in the third match of the event, handled 35 service receptions and had a 60 positive reception percentage. Justine Wong-Orantes also suited up as a libero. The FIVB Volleyball Nations League began play at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on May 15, where the second-ranked U.S. National Team won two if its three matches, falling only to Turkey in five sets. Team USA finished the competition with a 17-2 overall record.

The U.S. National Team will now turn its attention to the Pan American Cup (July 8-14 in Dominican Republic) and the FIVB World Championships (Oct. 2-20 in Japan).



Today marks National Signing day. Three McCook Football players signed there letter of intents this morning at McCook High School and will continue there football careers at the college level. Colin Giron will head to UNK, Morgan Fawver will go to Chadron State, and Paxton Terry will go to Hastings College.


LINCOLN, Neb. - Three Nebraska volleyball student-athletes were named to the AVCA All-North Region Team on Tuesday.

Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Lauren Stivrins were named to the All-Region Team, while Nicklin Hames received honorable mention. The three Huskers are now eligible for AVCA All-America awards, which will be announced next week. Last week, Foecke, Maloney and Stivrins were also named to the All-Big Ten Team.

Foecke earned her fourth straight AVCA All-Region honor, becoming the third Husker in program history to earn four all-region honors, joining Sarah Pavan and Kadie Rolfzen The senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa leads the Huskers with 3.74 kills per set and adds 2.63 digs per set with a team-high 42 service aces this season. Her current kills per set average is Nebraska’s best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45). The two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season, and she has climbed to No. 4 on Nebraska's career kills list and is No. 8 in career aces. Foecke was an AVCA Second-Team All-American last year and is one of 10 NCAA Senior CLASS Award finalists this year.

Maloney, a senior libero, was selected to the AVCA All-Region Team for the first time. The Husker co-captain is averaging a team-best 4.07 digs per set and has played an instrumental role in leading the Huskers to a nation-leading .132 opponent hitting percentage this season. The Louisville, Kentucky native ranks sixth in NU career history in digs. Maloney posted a career-high 25 digs twice this season, and she was named the most valuable player of the Husker Invite and the best libero at the Ameritas Players Challenge. Maloney's 35 service aces are the third-most on the team this year.

Stivrins, a sophomore middle blocker, also earned her first career AVCA All-Region honor. Stivrins was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was also the Big Ten Player of the Week once this season. Stivrins is averaging 2.29 kills per set on a team-best .411 hitting percentage, which ranks fifth in the nation. It is NU's highest individual hitting percentage since 2007 (Tracy Stalls, .473). Stivrins added serving to her repertoire this season and has 25 aces.

Hames a 5-10 setter from Maryville, Tennessee, made the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and received all-region honorable mention after averaging 10.32 assists and 3.28 digs per set this season. She also ranks second on the team in aces with 38. Hames has a team-high 21 double-doubles, the second-most by a Husker in the rally-scoring era, trailing only Jordan Larson’s 22 double-doubles in 2006. Hames was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season.


Name School Pos. Year
Mikaela Foecke**** Nebraska OH Sr.
Alexis Hart*** Minnesota OH Jr.
Jenna Lerg Michigan L Sr.
Kenzie Maloney Nebraska L Sr.
Taylor Morgan Minnesota MB RS-Jr.
Courtney Pence Illinois State L Sr.
Regan Pittman Minnesota MB RS-So.
Erika Pritchard Maryland OH So.
Adanna Rollins Minnesota OH Fr.
Stephanie Samedy** Minnesota RS So.
Samantha Seliger-Swenson**** Minnesota S Sr.
Carly Skjodt** Michigan OH Sr.
Lauren Stivrins Nebraska MB So.
Jordan Thompson** Cincinnati OH RS-Jr.


Name School Pos. Year
Giorgia Civita Wichita State L So.
Nicklin Hames Nebraska S Fr.
Stef Jankiewicz Illinois State S So.
Paige Jones Michigan OH Fr.
Nia Robinson Northwestern OH So.
Taylor Wolf Wisconsin Green-Bay MB OH

Player of the Year:
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota, S

Freshman of the Year: Adanna Rollins, Minnesota, OH

Coach of the Year: Hugh McCutcheon, Minnesota


Three McCook Community College women’s basketball players have received post-season Region IX honors.

Sophomore guard Hailey Tiles and freshman Makenna Bodette were both named to the Region IX south All-Region Team. Bodette was named to the all-Region IX tournament team. And Sophomore Makayla Jones was named to the Region IX South all-defensive team.

Tiles, a sophomore transfer from Rogers, Ark. -- having first played at Brown Macke -- averaged 18.0 points per game – second best in Region IX. She shot 42.9 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from the 3-point line and went to the free-throw line 219 times – tied for most in the region. Her free-throw percentage was 69.9 percent, which was ranked eighth best in the south sub-region She also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, had 86 assists (third in the south region) and 75 steals, which was third most in Region IX.

During her freshman season at MCC, Bodette (Colorado Springs) averaged 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds, one of only two players to average a double-double during the season. She had the most defensive rebounds of any player in Region IX as well as the most total rebounds (324) of any Region IX player. She also was tops in Region IX with 75 blocks on the season, 36 more than any other player in the region. In addition she shot 50.6 percent from the field, fourth best in the south sub-region.

In being named to the Region IX all-tournament Bodette scored 18 points and had nine rebounds in the Indian’s first-round win over Lamar Community College and added 16 points and 19 rebounds in a second-round loss to Eastern Wyoming. In the tournament she was 17 for 28 from the field (60.7 percent) and had five blocked shots.

Makayla Jones was one of five players in the south sub-region cited for their defensive work during the year. Despite coming off the bench in 22 of 32 MCC games, she averaged 6.4 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. She shot 46 percent from the field. Jones had 94 offensive rebounds on the year, a total which trailed only her teammate Bodette for top numbers in the south sub-region. Jones also was credited with 37 steals on the year. Her selection as one of the five top defensive players in the south sub-region came from a vote from the seen coaches in the south sub-region.

South All-Region Team

Hailey Tiles, McCook Community College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Tashika Burrell, Northeastern Junior College

Alyzae Davis, Northeastern Junior College

Aleksandra Retnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Grace O’Neill, Otero Junior College

Destinee Vigil, Trinidad State Junior College

Merle Wiehl, Western Nebraska Community College

Tishara Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Taylor Joplin, Western Nebraska Community College


South All-Defensive Team

Makayla Jones, McCook Community College

Taylor Knudson, Northeastern Junior College

Grace O’Neill, Otero Junior College

Hannah Gilmore, Trinidad State Junior College

Andrijana Reljic, Western Nebraska Community College


All-Region IX Tournament Team

Tashika Burrell, Northeastern Junior College

Alexsandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Haylie Anderson, Laramie County C.C.

MaKenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Alessia Capley, Otero Junior College

Emily Buchanan, Eastern Wyoming

Abril Rexach, Eastern Wyoming

Lani Taliauli, Sheridan

Maggie Justinak, Casper

Lucie Hoskova, Casper

Jaye Johnson – Casper College

Merle Wiehl, Western Nebraska Community College

Taylor Joplin, Western Nebraska Community College

Allysah Boothe, Western Nebraska Community College

Andrijana Reljic, Western Nebraska Community College

Ralston, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Omaha Lancers by a final score of 4-2 Sunday at Ralston Arena. Colton Kalezic and Brendan Budy scored the Storm’s goals in the loss. Despite the loss, Tri-City kept its 1st place position in the USHL league standings and will return home to the Viaero Center on Friday to host the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop for the matchup is set for 7:05pm.


Colton Kalezic netted his 10th goal of the season just over seven minutes into the game to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Kalezic’s goal was assisted by Ronnie Attard and Connor McMenamin. Omaha answered the Storm’s opening goal with a tying goal at 13:46 of the 1st period. The goal was scored by Tyler Carpenter, and tied the game at 1-1. Kyle Kawamura scored his 2nd goal of the season on the power play at 17:17 of the 1st period to give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage. Omaha outshot Tri-City 14-9 and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period.


No goals were scored in the 2nd period and Omaha increased its lead to two goals with under five minutes to play in the 3rd period. Tyler Carpenter scored his 2nd goal of the game to give the Lancers a 3-1 lead at the 15:43 mark of the period. Tri-City answered back with a shorthanded goal from Brendan Budy with 2:08 remaining in the game to bring the score back to within one goal. Omaha’s Aleksi Peltonen scored his 6th goal of the season on an empty net goal at 18:37 to give Omaha a 4-2 win on home ice. Goaltender Jake Barczewski stopped 29 of 32 shots in the Storm’s loss.


The Storm dropped to 25-7-1-1 in the loss and currently hold a one point lead over 2nd place Muskegon in the USHL league standings. Tri-City has won 14 of 17 home games this season, and plays host to Muskegon on Friday night

Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-2 at the Viaero Center on Saturday night behind goals from Michael Colella, Brendan Furry, Connor McMenamin, Brendan Budy, and Filip Forsmark.  Isaiah Saville stopped a career high 42 shots in goal for Tri-City. In the win, Tri-City recorded its 25th victory of the season and clinched the regular season series against Waterloo. The Storm improved to 25-6-1-1 and increased its lead as the 1st place team in the USHL league standings. Tri-City travels to Ralston, NE tomorrow to complete a three-game weekend in a road matchup against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop tomorrow is set for 4:05pm.
Waterloo jumped out to an early lead less than three minutes into the goal on a goal from Joey Cassetti. The goal was his 11th of the season and gave the Black Hawks its first and only lead of the weekend. Tri-City netted the game tying goal twenty seconds later on Michael Colella’s 5th goal of the season. Colella’s goal was scored at 4:06 of the 1st period and was assisted by Khristian Acosta and Storm Captain Ronnie Attard. Tri-City buried another goal minutes later to give the Storm a 2-1 lead. The Storm’s 2nd goal of the night was scored by Brendan Furry and was assisted by Brendan Budy and Ronnie Attard. Later in the 1st period, Storm Captain Connor McMenamin recorded his 10th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead. McMenamin’s goal was scored at 16:54 of the 1st period and was assisted by Brendan Furry and Brendan Budy. Tri-City carried a two-goal lead into the 1st intermission break.
No goals were scored in the 2nd period, and Waterloo scored just over a minute into the 3rd period to cut the Storm lead in half. Joey Cassetti scored his 2nd goal of the game and 12th goal of the season at 1:01 of the period to bring the Black Hawks back within one goal of the Storm advantage. The scoring play would be the final of the night for Waterloo as Tri-City netted back to back goals in the period. A power play goal at 9:33 increased the Storm lead to 4-2. The goal was scored by Brendan Budy and was assisted by Brendan Furry and Zac Jones. The goal was the 1st of Budy’s USHL career with Tri-City. The game’s final goal was scored by Filip Forsmark at 16:23 of the 3rd period. Forsmark’s goal was assisted by Brendan Budy and Brendan Furry. Isaiah Saville made 42 saves on 44 shots to improve to 16-2-1-1 on the season in net.

Urbandale, IA – The Tri-City Storm scored a season high seven goals for the second consecutive game and defeated the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 7-4 Saturday night at Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale, Iowa. In the win, Tri-City took over the 1st place spot in the USHL league standings for the second time this season. Tri-City completes a three game in three-day weekend tomorrow afternoon at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa in a matchup with the Sioux City Musketeers. In tonight’s game, Tri-City got goals from Benji Eckerle, Ronnie Attard, Connor McMenamin, Ruben Rafkin, Joe Molenaar and Shane Pinto. Storm goaltender Jake Barczewski 33 of Des Moine’s 37 shots to record the victory in net. Tri-City is now 28-8-1-1 through the first 38 games of the regular season.

In a game that saw a combined eleven goals scored, the first goal of the game was not scored until Benji Eckerle’s strike just over a minute into the 2nd period. A fast paced 1st period yielded no goals, as Des Moines outshot Tri-City 13-6. Eckerle gave Tri-City its first lead of the game at 1:41 of the 2nd period on a goal that was assisted by Keaton Pehrson. Ronnie Attard netted his 12th goal of the season minutes later at the 4:04 mark of the period to increase the Storm lead to two goals. Attard’s goal was scored on the power play and was assisted by Zac Jones and Brendan Budy. The Buccaneers fought back to tie the game with two quick goals from Luke Manning and Scooter Brickey at 12:42 and 13:38 of the period tied the game at 2-2. Connor McMenamin gave the Storm its second lead of the game at 16:08 of the period on a goal assisted by Chase McLane. Following McMenamin’s goal, Ruben Rafkin scored his 2nd goal of the season to give the Storm a 4-2 lead entering the 3rd period. Rafkin’s goal was assisted by Benji Eckerle. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 11-7 in a wild 2nd period that saw a total of six goals scored between the two teams.

The Buccaneers began the 3rd period with a goal to cut the Storm lead in half. Des Moine’s goal was netted by Matt Brown at 1:27 of the period and was assisted by Mac Welsher and Michael Mancinelli. Twenty-two seconds later, Joe Molenaar scored his 11th goal of the year to give the Storm another two-goal lead. Molenaar’s goal was assisted by Colton Kalezic, and Ruben Rafkin. Shane Pinto gave Tri-City a 6-3 lead on a goal assisted by Brendan Budy and Joe Molenaar at 4:55 of the 3rd period. Matt Brown scored his 2nd goal of the game and 21st goal of the season at 10:12 of the 3rd period to bring the Bucs back within two. Connor McMenamin scored an empty net goal with less than two minutes to go to give Tri-City a 7-4 win. McMenamin’s empty net goal was assisted by Chase McLane.

Benji Eckerle was named the game’s 1st Star, with Connor McMenamin picking up 2nd Star honors. Tri-City has now won three of the first five games in the seven game season series against Des Moines. 

Middleton, WI – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Madison Capitols by a final score of 4-2 Saturday night at the Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin. Tri-City got goals in the game from Colton Kalezic, Zac Jones, and Ronnie Attard. Storm goaltender Jake Barczewski made 27 saves on 29 shots to record his 9th victory of the season in goal. Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center in Kearney Friday night in a matchup against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Madison opened the scoring 26 seconds into the game on a goal by Chaz Smedsrud. Tri-City responded with goals from Colton Kalezic and Ronnie Attard to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. Kalezic’s goal was scored at the 11:45 mark of the period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark. Ronnie Attard netted a power play goal for the Storm at the 16:24 mark of the period with Zac Jones and Brendan Furry picking up assists on the goal. The Storm outshot the Capitols 11-7 in the 1st period and led 2-1 after the 1st period. Alex Mella netted the only goal of the 2nd period for Madison to tie the game at 2-2. Madison outshot Tri-City 12-10 in the 2nd period.
Zac Jones put the Storm in front with a 3rd period goal at 5:48 of the 3rd period. The goal was the 3rd of the season for Jones and gave Tri-City its 2nd lead of the game. Madison pulled goaltender Joey Lamoreaux for an extra attacker with under one minute to play in the game, and Storm Captain Ronnie Attard scored an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Storm. The goal was Attard’s 10th of the season and 2nd of the game. Tri-City extended its point streak to six games, and now holds a five-point advantage over Des Moines for 1st place in the Western Conference standings. Zac Jones was named the game’s 1st Star, and the Storm improved to 23-6-1-1 on the season.

Sioux City, IA – The Tri-City Storm erased a 2-0 deficit in the final seven minutes of the game and won a 16-round shootout against the Sioux City Musketeers by a final score of 3-2 Sunday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA. After Ronnie Attard scored the Storm’s goal with less than seven minutes to play, Filip Forsmark tied the game on a goal with less than two minutes to go. Connor McMenamin and Asa Kinnear scored in a shootout that went 16 rounds, and Jake Barczewski recorded the win in net after making 23 saves in regulation time and overtime and stopping an additional 15 saves in the shootout. Tri-City returns to action Saturday in a road game against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Puck drop is schedule for 7:05pm.

For the second consecutive game, Tri-City ended the first period in a scoreless tie. The Storm outshot the Musketeers 14-7 in the opening twenty minutes but failed to find the game’s first goal. Less that five minutes into the 2nd period, Martin Pospisil opened the scoring with a power play goal for the Musketeers. The goal was scored at the 4:56 mark of the 2nd period and was assisted by Parker Ford. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 9-7 in the 2nd period but trailed 1-0 entering the 3rd period.

Aaron Grounds netted his 3rd goal of the season at 6:47 of the 3rd period to give the Musketeers a two-goal lead over the Storm. Tri-City got on the board a 13:12 of the period with Ronnie Attard’s 13th goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Filip Forsmark and cut the Sioux City lead in half. The Musketeers took a penalty for too many men on the ice at 17:27 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City the game’s final power play. Tri-City lifted goaltender Jake Barczewski for an extra attacker to give the Storm a 6 on 4 advantage with under two minutes to play. Filip Forsmark tied the game with 1:27 left to play on a goal assisted by Ronnie Attard and Zac Jones. After a three on three overtime yielded no goals, the game went into a shootout to decide the winner.

Connor McMenamin gave Tri-City the lead in the shootout with a goal on the Storm’s first shot. Following misses form both teams, Sioux City’s Brady Smith scored a goal in the 3rd round to keep the game going. For the next 12 Rounds, a total of 24 shooters failed to score and the sudden death round of the shootout continued into a 16th round. Tri-City’s Asa Kinnear scored in the top half of the 16th round to give the Storm its second lead in the shootout. Jake Barczewski stopped the shootout attempt from Josh Bohlin and the Tri-City Storm won the longest shootout in team history, 3-2 in 16 rounds. The previous team record stood for nearly thirteen years before being bested tonight. Tri-City defeated Des Moines 6-5 in a 12-round shootout on February 6th, 2006.

Jake Barczewski made 23 saves through 65 minutes, and an additional 15 saves in the shootout to record the win in net for Tri-City.  Barczewski’s 15 shootout saves is a Tri-City Storm team record.

Tri-City returns to action Saturday in a road game against the Des Moines Buccaneers

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