Huskers win opening round

On Thursday night, the fourth seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers knocked off the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 3-0.

LINCOLN, Neb. - On Thursday night, the fourth seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers knocked off the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 3-0.


From the beginning of the match it was clear that the Huskers would over power the Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore. Despite winning their conference, the Hawks had not faced a team anywhere near the caliber of head coach John Cook's team. Senior Hannah Werth led the charge in the first set with four kills, and junior Hayley Thramer was right behind her with three. The Huskers would go on to take the set, 25-14

In the second set it was Gina Mancuso, another senior, taking control of the match for the Huskers. Mancuso led the Huskers to one of their most dominating sets of the season winning 25-10.

Despite a late run in the third set it was more of the same for the Huskers, again led by Werth. Werth dominated the Hawks with six kills in the set, along with six from Mancuso. Mancuso would give the Huskers the set and the match will kill down the line.


In their second to last game in the Nebraska Coliseum, the Huskers aren't focusing on how many games until they say goodbye to the Coliseum, but having fun and taking one game at a time.

"These are our last few matches at the Coliseum, we just need to cherish it and go out here and have fun," said senior Allison McNeal.

Werth knows that just having fun will lead to good things.

"We just play and have fun, and play Nebraska volleyball, its going to be all worth it," said Werth.


Two Huskers led the team with double digit kills tonight, too no surprise, both seniors. Mancuso led the way with 11 kills Thursday night, with a .435 hitting percentage. Werth was not far behind with 12 kills and a .667 hitting percentage to lead the team.

"Hannah and Gina hit for ridiculous numbers," said Cook. "Our goal tonight was to be very balanced.


No one questioned if Northern Iowa was a good team or not, but no one saw a sweep of the resurgent Kansas State Wildcats. Three players had double-digit kills, all with 11, as the team hit .328 against the Wildcats. Northern Iowa is similar to Kansas State last year who came into Lincoln, and knocked off the Huskers in five sets. The Panthers with nothing to lose, and the Huskers with everything to lose, will most likely have John Cook's squad on their heels the entire match.

"Northern Iowa played really well today," said Cook. "They'll be feeling great, they'll be feeling confident."

Nebraska and Northern Iowa will face off at 7pm, Friday night at the Nebraska Coliseum.

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