Coming off a 1-1 road trip at State College and Columbus, the Huskers look to get back on track versus Michigan and Michigan State this weekend.
Last Wednesday night, the Nebraska volleyball team fell to No. 4 Penn State 3-1. This was the first loss of the season for the Huskers, and also cost them their No. 1 national ranking.
Nebraska did bounce back against Ohio State in Columbus Saturday night. After splitting the first two sets, it was all Huskers in the last two leading to a 3-1 win.
SERVE, BLOCK, and DEFENSE
Coming into the season, head coach John Cook’s squad knew that they were one of the best blocking teams in the country. However, with the addition of freshman Meagan Haggerty and the veteran presence of senior Lauren Cook, the Huskers may stand alone at the top as the best blocking team in the country.
“I told you guys at the beginning that I think (Hayley) Thramer is one of the best blockers in the country. Both Hannah (Werth) and Gina (Mancuso) have improved. Meagan has probably exceeded expectations,” said Cook. “Lauren is doing extremely well for us blocking right now. She’s not going to have a bunch of stuff blocks but she’s doing very well in controlling hitters and getting touches.”
Having a wide variety of blockers will bode well for the Huskers against elite teams such as Penn State, Illinois, and Minnesota.
THRAMER MAKING AN IMPACT
Junior blocker Hayley Thramer as had an up and down college career to this point, but it seems that his year everything is beginning to click.
“Hayley she reminds me a lot of Melissa Elmer, she’s the same body type, big hands, moves the same. She’s just getting really confident in understanding the game and how to follow a game plan. If we would have beat Penn State, she could have been National Player of the Week” said Cook.
The Wolverines come into Wednesday night’s game with a 13-3 (1-1) record, and a (1-1) road record. Michigan is coming off a 3-2 loss to No. 17 Purdue this weekend.
“Big, physical, their good. They’ve lost one match, 17-15 to Purdue in the 5th. It’s Big Ten, you got to bring it every night,” said Cook.
The Spartans are 13-1 (1-1) on the season with a 2-0-road record. Cathy George’s squad is currently ranked No. 25 in the AVCA polls.
The Huskers will take on Michigan at 7pm on the BTN, and Michigan State at 2pm both games at the Coliseum.
Cook's Monday Presser:
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