Lincoln, NE- Coming off a weekend sweep against Wisconsin and No. 10 Minnesota, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are on the road to take on Iowa and at Illinois starting tonight.
In one of the biggest games of the year the No. 3 Huskers took on the No. 10 Golden Gophers in front of a nationally televised audience, on ESPN2. Despite getting drilled in the first set head coach John Cook's squad came back with vengeance to take the next three games, winning the match, 3-1.
“It was a good win for the Huskers, great match, it was a fun match, it just felt like a big time environment” said Cook. “It was a lot of fun and the crowd was into it.”
NO DAYS OFF IN OCTOBER
When it comes to Big Ten volleyball there is no such thing as an easy win. Days off become one of the biggest keys for players to rest their bodies as games are constantly happening, and traveling becomes rapid.
“Now our challenge is another weird week. We have at Iowa Wednesday and at Illinois Sunday for another televised match. I think were playing every Sunday in October, which just creates fits for our players, with really getting a day off,” said Cook. “They never really get days off, because there days off they have school, that’s why we need to move volleyball to the spring.
NEBRASKA NOT IN COOK’S TOP 50
Cook is known for letting the media know where he puts his team amongst some of the best teams in the country. He has never been a fan of the AVCA poll, which ranks his team No. 3 nationally, and when asked where he put his team, him and the AVCA were not on the same page.
“In my poll, well after Indiana were out of the top 50, but were slowly working our way back up,” Cook said. “Normally were a very good defensive team, but right now teams are hitting very well against us. Teams are putting up big numbers for my comfort zone against us.”
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 10-11 (2-6) on the season and are bottom feeders again in the Big Ten. Cook loves to preach how every game in conference play is important, so Iowa should not be taken lightly. Last week, Iowa upset one of the best teams in the Big Ten, Purdue, sweeping the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
One of the hardest teams in the Big Ten to judge is the Illinois Fighting Illini. After appearing in the national championship last year, the Illini are just 9-9 on the season, with a 3-5 conference record. However, Illinois has beaten teams such as Texas, Iowa State and Michigan State this season. If there were ever a game where numbers did lie, this would be the one.
The Huskers will take on Iowa at 7pm CT on BTN.com and Illinois at 2pm CT on ESPN2 Sunday afternoon.