The Fifth-seeded Nebraska Volleyball team will face No. 1 Penn State at 6 p.m. (CT) on Thursday in the first of two NCAA Semifinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The match will be televised live by ESPN and streamed on and the WatchESPN app.

Nebraska was the first team to punch it's ticket to Kansas City after the Huskers defeated fourth-seeded Kentucky, 3-1, on the Wildcats' home court last Saturday.  NU, which lost three All-Americans from last year's squad, has advanced to three consecutive NCAA Semifinals for the first time in program history.  The Huskers are making their 14th all-time semifinal appearance , a total that ranks second in NCAA history.  Nebraska owns a 7-6 record in the NCAA Semifinals, and the Huskers have won four national titles.  John Cook has won three national championships at Nebraska, and he is coaching a Husker team in the NCAA Semifinals for the eighth time in his 18 seasons.  NU's most recent national title came in 2015, when the Huskers also won the Lexington Regional.