Week one is in the books, and Husker Volleyball off to a fast start.
First, Nebraska remained #2 in the national poll this week. Lots of movement in the polls after a week of play, but not for the top two squads.
Second, Kenzie Knuckles impressed a lot of folks, and was named the Big 10 freshman of the week after her strong performance last weekend against Creighton and UCLA.
This weekend Nebraska is in San Diego to play Arizona on Friday and San Diego on Saturday.
Last week Arizona was ranked #24 but dropped out of the top 25 after beating Appalachian State and LMU and then losing to Samford. You read that right, not Stanford.
San Diego is ranked #25 this week. They entered the top 25 after a win over St. Johns and two competitive losses to #20 Hawaii and #16 Washington.
Although they are similarly ranked, they are very different teams in terms of style. Arizona plays with some taller players and a powerful offense, while San Diego is smaller but very fast offensively. USD impressed last year in the NCAA tournament beating Cal Poly in the first round and USC in the second. Arizona, well, lost to Samford so probably they have some work to do.
This should be a great trip for Nebraska as a program. They go up against some high caliber teams which I believe makes you better as a team. Unlike football, “cupcakes” on the schedule don’t do anything for a team, in my mind. I expect the Huskers to find wins against both these programs. Coach Cook told us last week his team thrives in situation when they can prepare. This is the second weekend of the season, and his team was able to watch game tape on both teams and prepare.
It is a nice trip for Lexi Sun from Encinitas, CA just 30 minutes away from San Diego. Coach Cook’s Alma Mater is also University of San Diego. I expect he would have a warm welcome there.
Both Husker matches will be broadcast on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app.