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Smile, hurting after a loss is a good thing

Jon Johnston

Saturday’s loss was nice. Want to know why? It hurt, a lot.

Growing up watching Husker football for anyone who grew up in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s know this feeling. It’s a straight up gut punch that doesn’t go away after you sit down and gather yourself. it lingers for hours and for most days.

Husker volleyball has filled a void for a lot of this state that football use to sit. John Cook has turned the universities reputation for a great volleyball school into something that fully stands on it’s own.

Nebraska had lost a few key players from last years national championship team. They lost a few games this year that they shouldn’t have. They made it to the championship game as the #7 seed. They weren’t supposed to make it this far.

These ladies also pushed a top team that was tabbed to make the game all the way to the end. It was five grueling sets that showed us the best and worst of Husker volleyball this season. The greatest thing about this loss, it came down to the very end.

No one likes losing. I always roll my eyes when someone gets angry and says “I don’t like losing!”. You are just trying to find and excuse for your inability to temper your emotions as an adult. No one likes losing. Especially in a state where many of us grew up with such a winning tradition. As I get older, the more I struggle understanding this mindset.

Back to the team. Husker volleyball has turned itself into something that makes our state proud. It has turned our area into a hotbed for recruiting talent. If you are a good volleyball player and you do not make the Nebraska squad then there is a very good chance that another very good team will pick you up. Very few states can say that. Especially one with just 1.8 million or so people.

I hope that other Nebraska team can someday reach the volleyball heights that we have been around for the past few decades.

It was a great season and I look forward to the next one. John and his players have made us all very proud.

Its good to feel hurt after a loss like that. I means you’re alive. It means you care.

Anyway, on to flakes...

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