Huskers attend first-ever Big Ten Volleyball Media Days
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Huskers took a trip to the Windy City on Monday for the first-ever Big Ten Media Days for volleyball.
Coach John Cook and seniors Madi Kubik and Kenzie Knuckles made the trip to Chicago.
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The Huskers spoke about the volleyball program, the love they have for the team and the upcoming season.
“There are a couple of things that are really important to us,” Kubik said. “And there are some pillars that we think are very important to instill in our young people, and coach’s kind of mentioned it, that kind of carries on tradition, when the young people understand what it means to be part of this program.”
Kubik said she is excited to work with the incoming freshman class, which includes her sister Hayden.
“So we’ve been really excited to have that opportunity to, like, work with them, especially my sister being one of the freshmen, so that’s been really cool,” Kubik said. “And I think we’re just excited to be all together in the gym with the coaching staff and start competing and getting after it.”
Cook talked about being unable to work with the volleyball team before the fall season starts, unlike football and basketball.
“That’s a little bit of a Title IX and inequity right there,” Cook said. “It is you know, ridiculous that we can’t work with them and have the opportunity because otherwise they just have to go do it on their own. And so they’re there, so why not let the coaches work with them?”
Kubik had a different take than her coach on the matter.
“I kind of disagree, I see what you’re saying about, obviously, with other sports having the opportunity to do that, why can’t we?” Kubik said. “But I also think the summer presents such a unique opportunity for this team-led culture to exist. And I think what was so strong in our team last year was having that and instilling the things that are so important to us being Nebraska volleyball players and kind of down through our younger players of that being led by us.”
Cook mentioned the team will have a new theme this year from rapper Tech N9ne. He said he personally contacted the Kansas City native to see if he could make a song for the Huskers.
Nebraska volleyball is debuting a new theme of “Red Kingdom”👑this season inspired by the Tech N9ne song for the Chiefs. John Cook actually called up Tech N9ne to ask him to make a version for #Husker VB & now its a theme song for all of Nebraska Athletics!⤵️ pic.twitter.com/AB1q00qOTM
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Cook also spent Media Days elaborating on the news of senior Kayla Caffey’s transfer.
On Monday, the Big Ten announced that the Huskers earned themselves a No. 2 spot on the Big Ten’s volleyball preseason poll.
Three Huskers also made it onto the Preseason All-Big Ten team.
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