Huskers preparing for different-look NCAA volleyball Tournament

"We have to temper our expectations for what a normal event will be like here in Omaha," Cook said. "It's essentially going to be like a club tournament."

OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraska volleyball has been a powerhouse in the sport for many years. But the Huskers have never had to embrace a challenge like this one.

Nebraska entered the NCAA Volleyball Tournament bubble in Omaha on Wednesday. The Huskers will spend the first 48 hours mostly inside their team hotel in order to get tested multiple times a day. Head coach John Cook saying on Tuesday that the Big Red might take a trip to the zoo later in the day.

“This is the way it is,” Cook said.

Still, the excitement is building. Senior middle blocker Laurent Stivrins said it was cool to see all the teams around the hotel even though it’s not a traditional NCAA atmosphere.

Cook said it doesn’t quite feel like the postseason yet. He does admit it’s something all teams will have to get used too, again.

“We have to temper our expectations for what a normal event will be like here in Omaha,” Cook said. “It’s essentially going to be like a club tournament.”

And then there’s the actual setup for the teams when they take the court. After several coaches including Cook expressed their frustration with the logistics of the event last week, the NCAA responded by saying they would provide everything the student-athletes need.

Stivrins and the Huskers have yet to see any of the practice or match courts yet. However, they have been able to ask other teams that have practiced. Stivrins said there is still a lot left to be desired.

“It’s still a pretty rough setup for a championship event,” Stivrins said.

The locker rooms on the courts appear to just be white tents pitched on the side of the courts, according to pictures floating around on social media.

However, Cook believes it’s time to just control what they can control and stay focused on the task at hand, winning on Thursday.

“We know nothing,” Cook said. “There’s no point in looking down the road.”

No. 5 Nebraska will play the winner of Texas State and Utah Valley on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. You can stream the match on ESPN3.

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