On Saturday night the No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-3) beat the Wisconsin Badgers (16-13), 3-1 at the Nebraska Coliseum. This was the last time that the Husker seniors: Brigette Root, Jordan Wilberger, and Brooke Delano would have to play in front of the home crowd, and they made the most of it.
On paper, this figured to be a walk in the park for Nebraska, as the Badgers were unranked and towards the bottom of the Big Ten standings. But a cakewalk was far from what Wisconsin would give. The Badgers started off hot and there was just no momentum on the Husker offense or defense. Kill after kill from Wisconsin would doom Nebraska in the first set as they were beaten, 25-12.
However, John Cook's squad would get it together and go on to win the next three sets with ease. But the story of the game was not the win, rather the seniors playing their last home game in front of the Husker faithful.
Coming out of Bellevue West High School, Brooke Delano had an amazing career playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Before arriving on campus, Delano was one of the top middle blockers in the country and led the Thunderbirds to a 40-1 record and a state title. Delano would help lead the Huskers to two Big 12 conference titles and she was named an All-American in 2009 and 2010.
The second senior is Jordan Wilberger. Out of high school, Wilberger was on of the state's top players, however she never fully developed into a star at Nebraska. Jordan was named 2010 Seattle Region All Tournament team and was also a two team Big 12 Academic All-American - 2009 and 2010. Jordan is also a captain on this year’s team.
Last but not least is Brigette Root. Root was second team all-state twice in Nebraska for Grand Island High School. Root was a walk-on to the team in 2008 serving as the back up setter. Root only played three seasons as she didn’t play in 2010 as she backed up All-American Sydney Anderson and Lauren Cook. Brigette got a start this year against Michigan replacing the suspended Lauren Cook. Lauren Cook is a prime example of a team first player and that’s why her teammates voted her as a captain for the 2011 season.
The Huskers still have two games left this season, the next coming at Iowa (11-20, 1-17) in Iowa City on November 22nd.