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.