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Nebraska moves up in volleyball rankings as regular season nears finish
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Nebraska moves up in volleyball rankings as regular season nears finish

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Iowa vs. Nebraska, 3.20

Nebraska’s Madi Kubik (10) and Lauren Stivrins (left) attempt a block against Iowa’s Audrey Black during a match on March 20.

The Nebraska volleyball team moved up to No. 4 in the coaches' poll ahead of the final week of the regular season.

The Huskers have been ranked either fourth or fifth the entire season.

Nebraska (14-2) moved up one spot after Texas dropped from second to fifth after its loss against unranked Rice last week.

Wisconsin (11-0) is No. 1 in the poll, followed by Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska and Texas.

Nebraska is scheduled to finish the regular season this week hosting No. 11 Penn State (9-5) on Thursday and Friday. But there is some uncertainty whether those matches will be played after Penn State canceled its matches last week due to COVID-19 cases with its program.

There will be some big differences in the number of matches each team has played going into the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin has played 11, while Kentucky has played 20 and Texas 22. Teams in the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 played matches during both the fall and spring.

The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday.

— Brent C. Wagner

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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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