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Volleyball Preview: Nebraska vs Hawaii

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Hawaii came a long way. They came to play. So did Nebraska.

Jon Johnston

Nebraska (27-4) vs Hawaii (26-3)

Time: 4:30 pm EST ESPN3 (your computer)

Location: Madison, WI

Weather comparison: Madison - 34 degrees vs Omaha - 24 degrees vs Honolulu - 82 degrees

Series History: Nebraska is 7-4 all time against Hawaii. They haven’t played since 2007 when Nebraska won in Lincoln in three sets. This is the first meeting since third year head coach Robyn Ah Mow took over from legendary coach Dave Shoji.

In the press conference Coach Cook commented about two storied programs meeting in the regional finals. He appreciates the Hawaii program and fan base they have.

He expects this Hawaii team to come to the match with great ball control, lots of purposeful shots and overall intensity. He remembers Coach Ah Mow as a player and sees her fierce competitiveness translated into her team as a coach.

Hawaii runs a 6-2 offense (six hitters and two setters). They run it flexible and fluid. Sometimes they will leave 5’11’’ Norene Iosia (Big West player of the year) in the front row if it is working offensively and not hurting them too much on the block. Both setters in this offense are seniors so full of experience and leadership.

They have a great middle named Amber Igide ~(6’3’’ freshman) that causes problems for opposing teams along with a right side hitter from Sweden, Hanna Hellvig. Hellivig is a left handed right side hitter just like Jazz Sweet. Not every team has a talented RS hitter like both NE and HI do. Jolie Rasmussen will pace Hawaii with kills on the outside and is a good passer in serve receive.

Coach Cook likes his team at this point in the season in their ability to play with passion, together and to make big plays. The defense behind the block for Nebraska should prove to be an advantage for the Huskers as this Hawaii team will find away around the block.

Nebraska will HAVE TO pursue balls and make an aggressive first step to the ball on defense. The Huskers serve may also not be as effective against Hawaii. The Rainbow Wahine pass very well and will keep their setters in good position.

I expect Nebraska to win this match with lots of discipline. Stay home on defense. commit few errors. Have quick feet on blocking. Make shots on offense that you have. 3-1 Nebraska.

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Friday’s Nebraska-Hawaii match will be streamed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the Husker action on HSN radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and the Huskers app.