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Wong-Orantes Named espnW National Player of the Week

Justine Wong-Orantes was named the espnW National Player of the Week following her performance at Penn State and Ohio State last weekend.

Wong-Orantes helped lead the fourth-ranked Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win over No. 1 Penn State on Friday with a career-high 30 digs. Wong-Orantes produced a number of highlight-reel digs to keep rallies alive and spark the Huskers back into the match. Twenty-one of her 30 digs came in the final three sets, with 12 coming in the third set, the most by a Husker in a set since Kayla Banwarth had 13 in one set in 2009.

A native of Cypress, Calif., Wong-Orantes totaled 41 digs on the weekend, averaging 4.1 digs per set. The junior libero also earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Wong-Orantes is the first Husker to receive a national-player-of-the-week honor since Kelsey Robinson in 2013 (AVCA).

Loper Basketball Event Set for Oct 15th

Nebraska-Kearney Athletics is encouraging fans to attend the "Loper Basketball Tip-Off event" on Thursday, October 15th.

The first official day of practice for NCAA Division II teams is October 15th.

The 2015-16 season promises to be an exciting one for both Loper teams. Head coach Kevin Lofton has all five starters back from a squad that won 18 games last year, including MIAA Player of the Year Connor Beranek and first-team All-MIAA pick Ethan Brozek.

First-year head coach Carrie Hofstetter returns five players, including four starters, off last year's 12-win team that reached the MIAA Tournament. Among the 12 new players are three Division I transfers.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. on the South Concourse of the Health & Sports Center, returning season ticket holders can pick up their season tickets and review their seating assignments. A student tail gate will also begin at this time; a valid student ID is needed for entrance.

Between 6:30-8:00 p.m., the teams will be introduced and Coaches Lofton and Hofstetter will speak as will UNK Athletic Director Dr. Paul Plinske.

Next, fans can see all the uniforms the teams will wear this upcoming season, there'll be on-court games, shooting and dunking contests among the UNK players and a chance for a UNK student to win $200 in catering for the student organization of their choice.

If returning season ticket holders are unable to attend on the 15th, they can visit the UNK Athletic Ticket Office during the week of Oct. 19-22 (Mon.-Thurs.) to pick up their tickets and review their new seats. See the times available below.

Returning reserved season ticket holders have a week to review their seats and exchange their tickets if they would like a new seat assignment. Seats will be reallocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

During the off-season, chair backs were installed in the H & S Center, dropping capacity by around 800.

New season ticket holders will have from Oct. 26-30 (Mon.-Fri.) to pick up their tickets and review their seat assignments. That week, the UNK Athletic Ticket Office will be open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Similarly, individuals who have General Admission seats and are interested in upgrading to reserved seats for $30.00 (per seat) will have the same time frame to exchange their sets.

For questions, contact Steve Stutzman in the UNK Athletic Ticket Office at 308-865-1563 (

Returning reserved season ticket holders may visit with our ticket staff during the following times in their office or at the sporting venue:

Monday, October 19 (10:00AM-6:00 PM)
Tuesday, October 20 ( 9:00AM-3:00 PM, plus during Volleyball match 6:30 PM-8:00 P.M.)
Wednesday, October 21 (10:00AM-6:00 PM)
Thursday, October 22 ( 10:00AM-6:00 PM, plus during Loper Luncheon 11:30 AM-12:30 PM)

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