Congratulations to the Nebraska volleyball team for winning the fifth national championship in program history and fourth under head coach John Cook.
The Huskers began the season with losses to Oregon and Florida, yes, the same Florida team they beat in the national championship match. They stumbled against Northern Iowa, a defeat that left them staring at a 6-3 record and rating outside the top 10.
Eight newcomers were sprinkled in the Husker squad and Cook knew it would take time for his team to gel. They ended up gelling into a national champion.
No one can ever say they backed into the title. Nebraska’s last three matches were against fourth-seeded Kentucky, top-seeded Penn State and third-seeded Florida. After a nail-biter Thursday night against Penn State, it would have been easy for Nebraska to suffer a letdown against the Gators, but the Huskers came out on fire and played perhaps their best volleyball of the season, winning 25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 25-16. Way to go coach Cook and the Nebraska volleyball team.
I have heard the expression “the honeymoon is over” at least a thousand times in my life, but I am quite sure the phrase popped up in Lincoln much more quickly than anyone could have expected.
Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost hasn’t done anything wrong, but two weeks after the announcement of his hiring the excitement has dwindled and Husker fans are ready for results.
It’s “back to business” in the college football world in Nebraska. I suppose that is a natural response when the Husker faithful don’t have a team in scarlet and cream to cheer for in a bowl game. We are already dreaming about a spring game in April and season opener against Akron.
For most Husker fans, those red letter dates can’t get here soon enough, but please remember this transformation has only taken its first few baby steps. We need to give Frost time to learn how to walk before we can expect him to sprint.
The honeymoon might be over, but the celebration is just beginning.
One of the big pushes in the Schuyler Community Schools system has been to get as many students participating in activities as possible. Sometimes this participation goes a bit unnoticed because most of the applause and praise goes to the teams on the court or athletes on the mat.
At a recent basketball game I noticed several students selling tickets for a fundraiser inside the door. I glanced over at the bustling concession stand and there were a good dozen students handing over bottles of water and bags of popcorn with enthusiasm. Around the corner sat the pep band. There must have been at least 40 more students playing their hearts out in support of the team. Once the game began there were 16 cheerleaders getting the crowd fired up with a variety of cheers at every break in the game. At halftime the dance squad put on a show that thrilled the home crowd and visitors alike. Upon leaving the gym I noticed the students who had been streaming the game live online surrounding Shanda Hall. And let’s not forget the middle school students who have been announcing the starting lineups for all of the home games.
Because of the encouragement of Superintendent Dan Hoesing, Principal Stephen Grammer and Activities Director Jim Kasik, more students are taking part in these activities than ever and that is a fantastic thing to see.
To all of you administrators, sponsors and students alike, keep up the great work!