Huskers Set to Host Exhibition Match

Volleyball fans in the western part of the state will have the first opportunity to see the Huskers in action this spring, as Nebraska will host Wichita State in an exhibition match in North Platte on Saturday, April 7. The match between the Huskers and Shockers will take place at North Platte High School with first serve set for 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available at and by calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED beginning on March 14. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance, as the Huskers' first visit to North Plate in 2004 sold out the first day tickets were available.

Nebraska Coach John Cook said that the Huskers are excited for a return to North Platte after a sellout crowd of 2,400 watched the Nebraska-Creighton match in 2004. The Huskers have used the spring season to barnstorm across the state in recent years, including a match in Ogallala in 2003.

"We have learned that this is Nebraska's team, and we are always looking for opportunities to share our team with volleyball fans across the state," Cook said. "We are grateful to Wichita State for helping us arrange this match, and we are looking forward to a sold-out event and a great experience for both teams."

The Huskers return five starters from a team that went 33-1 and won the school's third national title in 2006. The Huskers return 2006 Honda Award Winner and AVCA National Player of the Year Sarah Pavan, along with AVCA All-Americans Jordan Larson, Tracy Stalls and Rachel Holloway. In addition, 2005 AVCA National Player of the Year Christina Houghtelling returns for the 2007 season, but will not likely play in North Platte as she recovers from shoulder surgery.

Wichita State finished the season with a 25-7 record and placed second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 15-3 MVC mark.

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