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Opening weekend left no doubt: NCAA volleyball is back. Black Friday Redskins Jerseys . Well start off with a very noteworthy upset, and then work our way through other highlights of the first weekend of play.1. Tar Heel triumphThese things just dont happen to Penn State in volleyball. The Nittany Lions very rarely lose at home, and almost never to a non-conference opponent. They also dont let matches get away when theyve all but got a victory nailed down.But thats what makes sports endlessly fascinating, right? Seven-time NCAA champion Penn State was on the verge of closing out North Carolina in four sets Saturday. But trailing 23-18, the Tar Heels rallied for seven consecutive points to take the set. Then they won the fifth set 15-9, and won the Penn State Classic. Talk about a trophy that never expected to take an airplane trip.How unusual was this? It was just the 15th time -- ever -- that a non-conference volleyball opponent has won at Penn States Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions are now 316-15 in non-league matches there, and 580-34 overall.If anyone knew the historical significance, it was Tar Heels coach Joe Sagula, in his 27th year at North Carolina.This is going to be one that we will remember for a long time, Sagula said.The Tar Heels, whove won 12 ACC titles (most recently in 2014), were picked to win the league this year. Theyve consistently been a good program, albeit one with a losing overall record, 13-17, in the NCAA tournament. They had a tough end to last season, losing at home to Creighton in the NCAAs second round.But with four starters and their libero back, they had high hopes this season, and it couldnt have begun any better. North Carolina got 18 kills from sophomore Taylor Leath, who is from the State College, Pennsylvania, area and grew up watching the Nittany Lions. (By the way, shes also one of four players on the Tar Heels roster with the first name of Taylor. They must use nicknames a lot with this squad.).UNC freshman Julia Scoles made a great college debut, winning tournament MVP honors by compiling 30 kills and 33 digs in the Tar Heels three victories in State College. They swept Georgia Southern and West Virginia in their first two matches. North Carolina is now No. 12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, with Penn State at No. 13.Next up for North Carolina? Just a friendly neighborhood matchup Thursday with archrival Duke (6:30 p.m. ET, Watch ESPN.)The loss will no doubt motivate Penn State, which faces Colorado and Stanford this weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Boulder, Colorado.2. USC goes 0-3Speaking of the Pac-12, traditional conference power Southern Cal had a very rough start. The Trojans, who were tied for seventh with Washington in the preseason poll, lost to Marquette, Santa Clara and UC Irvine at home in the Galen Center. That sent the Trojans plummeting out of the this weeks rankings.USC lost national player of the year Samantha Bricio to graduation, so it was expected there would be some growing pains. But its doubtful anyone figured USC would open like this. The Trojans will try to get on track with another tournament at home this weekend, but the competition is challenging. They take on No. 23 Kentucky, Northern Iowa, and No. 22 Creighton.3. Huskers solidify No. 1In the VERT Challenge in Eugene, Oregon, last weekend, top-ranked Nebraska opened with a 3-1 victory against Florida and a sweep of Texas. Nebraska-Texas was a rematch of last seasons NCAA final and a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2. And it wasnt very close. The Huskers prevailed 25-15, 25-16, 25-21, led by a combined 21 kills from the Rolfzen twins, Kadie and Amber.However, Texas did start with a 3-1 victory against Oregon. The Longhorns lost three key seniors from last year, and they wont have middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, who is taking the season off to focus on academics. It may take a little while for Texas, now ranked No. 3, to really develop its chemistry.4. Hawaii looking to youngstersHawaii, which fell from No. 6 to No. 15, is still without All-American senior star Nikki Taylor, who is out indefinitely with an elbow injury. The Rainbow Wahine lost their opening matches to visiting Wisconsin and Kansas State, and then trailed Arizona 2-0. But behind sophomore outside hitter McKenna Granatos career-high 33 kills, Hawaii rallied to win 3-2. And perhaps more unusual than North Carolina having four Taylors is Hawaii having two McKennas. The other is freshman defensive specialist McKenna Ross.5. Keep an eye on ... WisconsinThe Badgers moved up to No. 2 in the rankings after three victories in Hawaiis tournament, and the rest of their non-conference schedule is also extremely challenging. Friday, theyll take on San Diego (which beat Stanford last Friday). Then Wisconsin also has matches on the road against North Carolina, Louisville, Texas A&M and Texas before starting the grind of Big Ten play. Nobodys going to question the Badgers strength of schedule, thats for sure. Womens Redskins Jerseys .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. Cyber Monday Redskins Jerseys . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. LINCOLN, Neb. -- She missed the biggest event in her hometown again. But these things happen when its time to be a college volleyball star.Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke -- whose last name is pronounced FECK-ee -- is from West Point, Iowa, which has hosted the annual Sweet Corn Festival every summer since 1952. Its a four-day celebration of Iowa-ness, with carnival rides, bands, bathtub races, water fights, a horseshoe tournament, a tractor pull, an arts and crafts show, 5K and 10K runs and a parade.And, of course, massive consumption of sweet corn. The whole town gathers before the festival to shuck upwards of 18 tons of corn. So, yes, before she became a Cornhusker, Foecke did a lot of corn shucking.Its pretty crazy, Foecke said. Its a town of about 900, and it multiplies by a lot during the Sweet Corn Festival. Theres lots of visitors, and all the family members who dont live in West Point anymore come back for it. Its basically a big reunion.However, this years festival was held Aug. 11-14, and defending national champion Nebraska had started volleyball practice. So, like last year, Foecke had to rely on reports from her mom about how things went.She lets me know who shes seen, who came home, who was the Sweet Corn Festival queen, Foecke said.The athletic queen of West Point already had been crowned, though, and her reign is ongoing. Foecke came to Lincoln in 2015 as one of the countrys most coveted recruits. She showed a knack for the big points early on, and that carried all the way through the national championship match in December.Foecke had 19 kills in a sweep of Texas in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 17,561 mostly red-clad Husker fans in Omaha, Nebraska. She was named the most outstanding player of the volleyball championship.I just love the big moments; Im not going to lie, Foecke said. When you hear the fans screaming, and you want that point so bad for your team, and you know the games on the line, Im not going to let my teammates down.You have to go after it and play fearlessly. I hope thats the mentality I have, and a lot of that is attributed to my teammates. Because you cant swing fearlessly if you dont believe your teammates are going to have your back.So how many times has she seen that championship match, or highlights of it?None, she said, smiling. I think that if I re-watched it, it wouldnt be as good as it is in my mind.But every athlete probably has that one game where he or she can always pull from that. The national championship -- just the feeling of the crowd and the way we all played together -- is something I want to work for every game.We can assure her if she ever does watch the final, it will be really good. Nebraska avenged a 3-2 loss to Texas near the start of the 2015 season. It was shortly after that early-September defeat, in fact, that Nebraska coach John Cook made two key position changes. He switched All-American Kadie Rolfzen to the right side, and put Foecke on the left.Kadies twin, Amber, already had changed from outside hitter her first two seasons to middle blocker for 2015, so there was a lot riding on everyone adapting well to reaach their stated goal of an NCAA title. Cheap Redskins Jerseys. think we continued to get better all season, but we didnt make it click until after those two losses at home to Minnesota and Wisconsin, Foecke said, referencing back-to-back defeats at the Devaney Center on Oct. 23-24. Then it was like, OK, weve got to kick this into gear if we really want to make our words reality. We worked harder than we had before. We started getting to know each other, not just the obvious things, but the deeper things.She means the Huskers truly started to understand the complexities of their strengths and weaknesses, and the best ways to complement each other. They didnt lose another match, closing out the season winning 16 in a row.With so much back -- including the Rolfzens, Foecke and setter Kelly Hunter -- plus key additions both from transfers and the freshman class, the Huskers are preseason No. 1 and have a realistic hope of accomplishing a first for Nebraska: repeating as national champions.The program has won four NCAA titles overall: in 1995, 2000, 2006 and last year. Cook was head coach for the past three. He was pleased with the way Nebraska played in 2001 when trying to repeat; the Huskers made the final four before falling in the semifinals to a Logan Tom-led Stanford team that won the title.The end of the 2007 season, though, was a disappointment. The Huskers were mega-talented, bringing back all their stars from the 2006 championship. Yet they were swept in a regional final by Cal.They were a great team on paper, but they were not a great team when it came to crunch time, Cook said. And thats what this team has been working on and figuring out this summer: How they can be great at crunch time.Foecke, who was second on the team last year in overall kills (386) and kills per set (3.09), should be a big part of that. Hunter, who as the setter knows her teammates pluses and minuses very well, basically says Foecke is so good, shes ridiculous. But Hunter thinks Foecke can be more vocal this season.Foecke is also making the improvements youd expect from a big hitter entering her sophomore year: getting stronger, diversifying her offense, and ramping up her serve receive and defense.At 6-foot-3, she relied on natural ability throughout high school. At Nebraska, shes had access to top-notch strength training, and the results are obvious.Im hang-cleaning and squatting things now that I would have looked at last summer and thought, Wow, Im never going to get there, Foecke said. But its all a process, and each day you keep getting better and striving to work harder.For a kid who showed hogs and always had a daily list of chores, hard work is routine. An animal science major, she wants to be a veterinarian, preferably for large animals. But she probably has a lot of volleyball to play before shes practicing as Dr. Foecke.Shes gotten stronger, quicker, more explosive, Cook said of Foeckes work during the summer. Hopefully, thats going to allow her to go to another level as a player. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '