14 game at Nebraska

Lester Mason
October 4, 2017

"Every game we play has been close".

"I'm pretty amazed at what they've done", Cook said.

Cook said he's been pleased with the growth of his team. It showed with a sweep of a top five team.

On Saturday night, it was time for the Huskers to cash them in. "That they can dig down, and get it done, and kind of rise to the challenges". It's a team that's not going to give up. "So, no, I did not see this coming", Cook said.

But Wisconsin's pace was more deliberate and set choices more balanced than those of the Gophers, who live off speedy sets to the pins.

"I like it because we have two days to prepare for one team", Cook said Monday at his weekly press conference.

This week, NU has the luxury of two full days to prepare for another top-15 opponent. Six of the Spartans' regulars are seniors. Cook won the national title in his first season, but he explained his feeling as having "no joy in it at all", knowing how his former Wisconsin players were feeling after he left. Last weekend, Michigan State hit.356 over a pair of victories against Maryland and Ohio State at home. The Huskers are already done playing those teams this season, and the second half of the league season should be easier for the Huskers than the start.

Plenty of time for some things still to go wrong. "They will be the best defense that we have faced". "When you do that you're going to have a chance to win".

The Huskers (11-3, 4-0 in the Big Ten), who vaulted to No. 4 this week in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, face Big Ten co-leader No. 14 Michigan State (4-0, 11-2) Wednesday, then get two days off before playing at Iowa (12-4, 1-3) on Saturday.


Larson attended one of the Huskers' practices last week, but did not participate.

Even that one day of preparation can be helpful, Cook said.

Setting up the final four that season, Nebraska downed Hawaii while Wisconsin fought through USC in straight sets to set up a Nebraska/Wisconsin finals.

"I just think it's continued to build and we're showing that progress", Cook said.

Larson jersey retirement: Cook thinks it's important to honor the history of the program and its players, and Nebraska did so last week when it retired the jersey of three-time All-American and current USA national team player Jordan Larson.

The biggest came with the teams tied 21-21 in Game 4, when a linesman ruled a cross-court shot by Badgers outside hitter Lauryn Gillis hit the sideline.

Despite winning the first two sets, the No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team was unable to seal the deal against No. 8 Nebraska on the road.

"We're probably pretty tough mentally", Cook said. "They tell the truth".

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