The Nebraska volleyball team will spend 17 days in Brazil from May 29-June 14. NCAA programs are allowed to take foreign trips once every four years, and this is Nebraska volleyball's first-ever trip to Brazil.
Below is an itinerary of the Huskers' Brazil trip. Throughout the trip, fans can check this page on Huskers.com, @Huskervball on Twitter and HuskerVolleyball on Instagram for updates. Live video streams will be attempted for the matches in Belo Horizonte on June 1-4.
In the latest podcast episode of Kicking Back with the Cooks, Lauren (Cook) West and Head Coach John Cook talked about the team's upcoming trip to Brazil.
Monday, May 29
- The Huskers will bus from Lincoln to Omaha for their flight to Brazil late Monday night. A connecting flight in Chicago will fly the Huskers through the night to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tuesday, May 30
- The team will land in Sao Paulo on Tuesday morning and later that afternoon will take a short flight from Sao Paulo to Belo Horizonte, where they will spend the next five days.
Wednesday, May 31
- The Huskers will begin the day with weight training and a practice at the Minas Tênis Clube.
- After a tour and orientation in the afternoon, the Huskers will have another practice at night at the MTC.
Thursday, June 1
- The Huskers will practice in the morning and then have lunch and prepare for their first tournament match of the trip, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. (CT) against U19 players from Minas Tênis Clube. The Minas senior team was the runner-up in the Brazilian Volleyball Super League in 2022-23, and the club is five-time league champions of the Brazilian Super League (1993, 2002, 2019, 2021, 2022).
MATCH 1 RECAP: Nebraska 3, Minas Tênis Clube U19 0
- The Huskers defeated the Minas Tênis Clube U19 team 25-8, 25-12, 25-13. Bekka Allick had 11 kills, three blocks and three aces to lead the Big Red in their first match in Brazil.
- Lindsay Krause had 10 kills and two blocks, and Caroline Jurevicius had seven kills and three blocks. Hayden Kubik also posted seven kills. Andi Jackson had five kills in the third set.
- Kennedi Orr played the whole match at setter for the Huskers, who will play a variety of different lineups throughout the trip.
- Watch Nebraska vs. Minas Tênis Clube
Friday, June 2
- The Huskers will go through the same routine as Thursday, but this time will play Mackenzie at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on day two of the tournament. Mackenzie formerly played in the Brazilian Super League from 2007-2012.
MATCH 2 RECAP: Nebraska 3, Mackenzie U19 0
- On day two of the tournament in Belo Horizonte, the Huskers swept Mackenzie's U19 team 25-15, 25-14, 25-17.
- Merritt Beason had a team-high 11 kills with four blocks and an ace to lead the Huskers to their second straight sweep.
- Middle blocker Andi Jackson had eight kills and four blocks, and Harper Murray had eight kills.
- Ally Batenhorst recorded seven kills and three blocks, and middle blocker Maggie Mendelson provided six kills and three blocks.
- Libero Lexi Rodriguez served three of Nebraska's six aces, and the Big Red finished with eight blocks as a team.
- Bergen Reilly played the match as NU's setter after Kennedi Orr started on Thursday.
- Watch Nebraska vs. Mackenzie
Saturday, June 3
- NU will take part in an outreach event with local youth in the morning and then will play 2022-23 Brazilian Super League champion Dentil Praia Clube at 4:30 p.m. (CT). Prior to winning the league title last season, Dentil Praia Clube was the league runner-up to Minas in the previous three seasons.
MATCH 3 RECAP: Nebraska 3, Dentil Praia Clube U19 0
- On day three of the tournament the Huskers swept Dentil Praia Clube U19, 25-9, 25-7, 25-7 to finish pool play with a 3-0 record, which earned them the tournament title.
- Lindsay Krause had 10 kills for the Huskers along with three aces and two blocks.
- Caroline Jurevicius had seven kills, and Bekka Allick had six kills and two blocks. Every Husker played in the match.
- Watch Nebraska vs. Dentil Praia Clube
Sunday, June 4
- Nebraska will spend its last full day in Belo Horizonte with a training session.
Monday, June 5
- NU will fly from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro and have an afternoon workout to prepare for two matches in the following two days.
Tuesday, June 6
- Nebraska's first match in Rio de Janeiro will be against the Brazil U21 National Team at 5 p.m. (CT).
MATCH 4 RECAP: Nebraska 4, Brazil U21 National Team 1
- The Nebraska volleyball team defeated the Brazil U21 National Team by a score of 4-1. The Huskers won the first three sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-20. After changing lineups, the teams played two more sets with NU winning the fourth, 27-25, and Brazil taking the fifth, 16-14.
- Harper Murray had 13 kills with four service aces and a pair of blocks. Merritt Beason had 12 kills and one ace.
- Bekka Allick chipped in nine kills with two blocks, and fellow middle blocker Andi Jackson had seven kills with three blocks.
- Ally Batenhorst added eight kills with a pair of aces.
- Watch Nebraska vs. Brazil U21 National Team
Wednesday, June 7
- The Huskers will play the Brazil Military Selection Team, featuring some Brazilian National Team players, at 5 p.m. (CT).
MATCH 5 RECAP: Nebraska 3, Brazil Military Selection Team 2
- The Nebraska volleyball team came from behind to knock off the Brazil Military Selection Team, featuring current and former national team players, in five sets.
- The Huskers won the first set, 25-23, but dropped the second set, 27-25, and the third set, 25-16.
- Trailing for the first time on the Brazil trip, the Huskers regrouped and won the fourth set, 25-19, thanks to some big kills by Lindsay Krause down the stretch and an ace by Bergen Reilly to close it out.
- In set five, Bekka Allick had an early kill and two blocks to put the Huskers in front, 6-2, and Andi Jackson was in on a pair of blocks to lift NU to an 11-6 lead. A Krause kill earned match point, and a Merritt Beason block ended the match at 15-10 with a solo block.
- Beason had a team-high 16 kills with 14 digs. Harper Murray added 15 kills and 10 digs. Allick finished with 10 kills and five blocks.
- Reilly set the whole match and had 51 assists with six digs and five blocks. Lexi Rodriguez had 13 digs.
- Watch Nebraska vs. Brazil Military Selection Team
Thursday, June 8
- The Huskers will start the day touring Sugarloaf Mountain, a 1,283-foot peak near the Atlantic Ocean. Sugarloaf Mountain gets its name from its resemblance to the traditional shape of refined sugar.
- After lunch, the Huskers will bus to Saquarema, known as the Brazilian capital of surfing, where they will stay for three days.
- In the evening, NU will tour the Brazilian National Team Training Center in Saquarema, one of the most prestigious volleyball training facilities in the world.
Friday, June 9
- After a morning practice at the Brazilian Volleyball Training Center, the Huskers will have lunch and then train with the U19 Brazilian National Team.
Saturday, June 10
- The Huskers will have another community outreach event in the morning before continuing their training in Saquarema in the afternoon.
Sunday, June 11
- The Huskers will bus from Saquarema to Búzios, a resort town about 90 minutes away from Saquarema. While there, the team will do another community outreach event before taking some time in the afternoon for shopping and rest and relaxation.
Monday, June 12
- On their final full day in Brazil, the Huskers will explore Búzios and have a team outing.
Tuesday, June 13
- After a three-hour bus ride from Búzios back to Rio de Janeiro, the Huskers will begin their flight home late Tuesday night and will arrive home Wednesday afternoon.