Nebraska Cornhuskers News: Skyler Pierce impresses in debut, more

Skyler Pierce impressed onlookers and her coach during the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball spring game. Meanwhile, the NU baseball team clinched a series win against Minnesota.
Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach John Cook speaks to the crowd.
Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach John Cook speaks to the crowd. / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team finished up its spring practices with an exhibition match against Denver. As most would assume for a team that went to the National Championship game last season, they dominated in a straight set sweep.

Among the things that stood in the exhibition match, were a couple of you stars who are expected to make an impressive contribution this fall and winter. Nebraska freshman outside hitter Skyler Pierce, the top-10 national recruit from Lenexa, Kansas, had 10 kills with a solid .389 hitting percentage.

Meanwhile, freshman defensive specialist Olivia Mauch had a good spring, including five digs and an ace serve on Saturday. That Mauch had a good spring is especially impressive since the Nebraska freshman is also dealing with her family home getting hit hard by tornadoes that swept through the Omaha area a few weeks back.

One player who didn't appear in the scrimmage was returning star Harper Murray. Cook and the program announced she was suspended for the spring practice finale due to her citation for reckless driving and DUI last month.

Murray finds herself in more hot water after being accused of shoplifting from a Lincoln Scheels. The Nebraska Cornhuskers issued a statement on Friday making it clear they were looking into the incident.

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers softball team hasn't had the dominant season it hoped when it got Jordy Bahl to commit, but it's still been plenty good. On Saturday, with a win over Minnesota, the Huskers clinched at least a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Huskers are 29-21 with one game to go in the regular season. On Sunday they'll look to put an exclamation point on the campaign with a sweep of the Golden Gophers.

Speaking of being on the verge of a sweep of Minnesota, the Nebraska baseball team clinched a series win over the Gophers on Saturday with a 7-3 victory. The win pushed the Huskers into a tie for first place in the Big Ten.

NU is now 30-15 on the season and is inside the Top 20 in college baseball RPI. Of course, the Huskers are also just 3-8 when they aren't playing on Friday or Saturday, so getting a sweep isn't going to be easy.

Of course, they broke their midweek losing streak in a big way on Wednesday. Maybe they can keep that going.