Although John Cook has a few years to catch up with the number of seasons that Coach Terry Pettit was at Nebraska, right now Cook's .961 winning percentage is the best among Nebraska's three volleyball coaches. Terry Pettit posted a .819 winning percentage (694-149-11) in 23 seasons, while Pat Sullivan had a .798 mark (83-21) in two seasons.
In the first game, Nebraska had a sizzling .400 hitting percentage, with 19 team kills compared to New Orleans’ 8 kills and a .073 hitting percentage. Although the Privateers kept it fairly close early in the first game and had the lead on two occasions, UNO then tied it up at 8-8. The Lady Huskers had a 5-1 run to take a 13-9 advantage. Nebraska went on another roll in a 11-3 run to take the lead at 24-14 and finished off the Privateers with a 30-17 win.
Nebraska started out game two by scoring the first four points. Dani Mancuso got her first start and was hot and pounded 12 kills in the second game. New Orleans had a hard time finding any answer to Nebraska’s offensive game as the Lady Huskers had 14 teams kills and hit a .345 hitting percentage, compared to UNO’s 7 team kills and a dismal hitting of -.143. The Huskers finished off the Privateers with a 30-16 win.
The Privateers kept it close in the beginning of the third set, never letting Nebraska extend its early lead to more than five points. Nebraska had a 15-10 advantage, as UNO rallied to cut Nebraska’s lead to two points at 17-15. Nebraska then kicked it in gear offensively, as the Husker attack came alive and Nebraska reeled off a 10-2 run to take a lead at 27-17 before UNO fell to the Huskers, 30-17 in game three. Nebraska had 18 team kills for hits of .186, in comparsion to the Privateers 6 team kills and -.033 hitting percentage.The Lady Huskers hit .299 for the match, compared to UNO hitting just -.028. Five of the New Orleans 12 Privateers who attempted a kill, had a negative hitting percentage.
Nebraska's freshmen got in quite a bit of playing time tonight as most played for over half of the match. Dani Mancuso had a great showing tonight, playing for injured Jennifer Saleaumua, had 16 kills for a .429 hitting percentage, nine digs and one service ace. Melissa Elmer and Anna Schrad each slammed eight kills. Kelsey Fautsch added 7 kills and one block while Ally Rebholz added 5 kills. Christina Houghtelling had four kills, three digs and two blocks.
Nebraska continues play at the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic as they face Louisiana State at 10:30 am on Saturday Sept 6th and then Tulane at 7pm.