Under the guidance of Terry Pettit, the Huskers went 32-1, including a 31-match winning streak to end the season. They won 28 of their 32 matches by 3-0 scores, including 22 straight sweeps during one stretch. After defeating UCLA and Penn State to advance to the national semifinals, the Huskers downed fourth-ranked Michigan State, 3-2, before bringing home the school's first national volleyball title with a 3-1 victory over Texas.
While the squad, featured a trio of three first-team All-Americans in Allison Weston, Christy Johnson and Lisa Reitsma, current Husker volleyball coach John Cook said it was that team's ability to play as one unit and single-minded focus toward its goal that made it such a memorable team.
"The 1995 team went through a heart-breaking loss in the 1994 regional in the Coliseum, and then had the ability to use that motivation to come back and be a great team and push themselves to the level where they could win a national championship," said Cook, whose Wisconsin team lost 3-0 to the Huskers that season. "The thing that team had was great chemistry. They knew their roles and knew how to play together and that was one of their strengths."
Homegrown heroes such as Omaha natives Weston and Johnson were the inspiration for girls around the state, including current Husker setter Dani Busboom, who recalled coming to many of the matches at the Coliseum as a youngster.
"That was the first team I remember following," Busboom said. "Allison Weston was my favorite player growing up, and Christy Johnson just had the ability to take over matches at times. I also remember the intensity that they had when they were on the court, and the way they made the game look fun. "
Tickets are still available for next Saturday's scrimmage, the first opportunity to see the No. 1 Huskers in action. Prices are $6 (adults) and $4 (children and seniors) with all seating as general admission. The Nebraska Coliseum doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the evening's festivities.
Aug. 20 – Red White Scrimmage; 7 p.m.
NU Ticket Office (800-8-Big Red or 402-472-3111; and on Huskers.com)