NU Volleyball Empasizes Big XII Play

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ National titles and deep runs in the NCAA

tournament have always been the measure of Nebraska's volleyball

success. Conference championships were just something the

Cornhuskers won along the way.

But coming off an uncharacteristic third-place finish in the Big

12 in 2009, coach John Cook is making league play a priority.

Cook said at the team's Media Day on Wednesday that his program

took conference titles for granted a lot of years. Before last

season, the Huskers had won or shared five straight Big 12 titles

and 11 of the last 14.

Texas and Iowa State finished ahead of Nebraska last year. The

Huskers knocked off the Cyclones in the regional semifinals. But

the Longhorns have beaten the Huskers four straight times,

including last year's regional finals.