Husker volleyball prepares for unconventional season

"It just seems unreal at this point because we have been waiting for so long," said senior captain Lauren Stivrins. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — It’s been more than 13 months since Nebraska volleyball has played a match. And trust me, the Huskers are feeling that.

“It just seems unreal at this point because we have been waiting for so long,” said senior captain Lauren Stivrins.

Nebraska comes into the season ranked No. 5 in the AVCA preseason poll. But head coach John Cook isn’t worried about that. He’s just ready to see what his team is made of.

“I’m anxious to see if our work on the court can translate to a match,” Cook said.

Of course, it helps to have a little extra motivation. The NCAA Final Four is scheduled to be played in Omaha this season. And Cook said on Wednesday, potentially the entire NCAA Tournament could be played in Nebraska.

However, Cook and the Big Red are still hesitant to completely focus on that goal just yet.

“We’re just taking it day by day,” said junior setter Nicklin Hames.

As far as that No. 5 ranking to open the season? Many Husker fans thought that was a little low. However, Cook said he gives zero percent interest into preseason rankings. But he did mention one thing.

“All I know is the last two times we were ranked fifth, we won national championships.”

Cook and Nebraska open the season at Indiana on Friday, Jan. 22. Channel 8 will have a “Husker Power Hour” special to preview the season on Jan. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Other notes from John Cook:

  • Cook expects at least 90 percent of the Huskers matches to be televised this spring.
  • Cook said the Final Four isn’t 100 percent going to be played in Omaha, but it’s close to it. Also, the entire NCAA Tournament could be played in the state of Nebraska.
  • So what would actually postpone a match this season? Cook is still waiting for those answers. He hopes he won’t have to put a team out on the court that wouldn’t be able to compete.



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