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NU volleyball team dominates Baylor Bears
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's offense was on an unstoppable roll Wednesday.

NU spikers expect two tough tests
LINCOLN -- Finally, it appears Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook will get the tests he's been looking for.

NU spikers sweep rival
LINCOLN -- Coming off Saturday's win over a top 25-ranked Texas A&M;, it would've been understandable if the No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team had a slight letdown against in-state rival Creighton.

No. 1 NU sweeps Buffs
BOULDER, Colo. -- The No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team recorded its 10th sweep of the season Wednesday with a 15-5, 15-6, 15-9 victory over Colorado.

Nebraska volleyball untested
LINCOLN -- So will this be the week that the No. 1-ranked Nebraska volleyball team finally gets tested again?

Huskers sweep OU
LINCOLN -- The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball posted its ninth sweep of the 2000 season with a 15-4, 15-4, 15-3 victory over Oklahoma Saturday night before a season-high crowd of 4,175 at the NU Coliseum.

No. 1 Huskers win on road
The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team beat Kansas 15-7, 15-5, 15-6 in a Big 12 game played Wednesday before a sell-out crowd of 1,300 in Lawrence, Kan.

NU spikers expect test from Big 12
LINCOLN -- Anyone caught looking ahead on the Nebraska volleyball team is sure to quickly be transported back into the here and now by Cornhuskers coach John Cook.

Husker spikers hold on to No. 1 rating
Nebraska's volleyball team remained No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association ratings released Monday.

Bob Hamar
NU spikers looking like title threats
LINCOLN -- This was the year the Nebraska volleyball team was supposed to be vulnerable.

NU hands Missouri first loss
LINCOLN -- Missouri's volleyball team may have been 10-0 coming into Saturday's match against Nebraska.

Husker spikers showing balance
LINCOLN -- The No. 1 ranked Nebraska volleyball team is showing the balance first year head coach John Cook wanted.

No. 1 Nebraska sweeps Texas, remains perfect
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's No. 1 ranked volleyball team didn't play well in the second game against Texas Wednesday at the Nebraska Coliseum.

NU volleyball joins football at top of poll
LINCOLN -- The Nebraska volleyball team expected to be at or near the top of the polls at some point this season, just not this quickly.

NU spikers earn No. 1 ranking
LINCOLN -- The Nebraska volleyball team used its own big performance against Notre Dame to claim the top spot in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll for the first time since 1995.

Huskers remain undefeated with win over UCLA
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team claimed the Notre Dame adidas Invitational title with a 12-15, 15-11, 13-15, 15-1, 15-10 victory over No. 3 UCLA Sunday at the Edmund P. Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind., improving to a perfect 7-0 in 2000.

NU spikers down Spartans
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team used a dominate offensive performance and a stingy defense Saturday to record its second sweep of the Notre Dame Addidas Invitational with a 15-3, 15-3, 15-4 victory over Michigan State.

NU volleyball team facing tough tests
LINCOLN--A 4-0 start has propelled the Nebraska volleyball up two spots to No. 4 in the national rankings.

Husker spikers hold Oral Roberts to just one point
LINCOLN -- The Nebraska volleyball team set a school record Monday by holding Oral Robert to just one point in a 15-0, 15-1, 15-0, victory.

Win could pay off for NU in December
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's volleyball team won a big match Saturday night at the NU Coliseum.

NU downs Colorado St.
LINCOLN -- A balanced Nebraska hitting attack made the difference in the Huskers' 7-15, 15-7, 15-13, 15-13 victory over Colorado State Saturday night in the final match of the US Bank Tournament at the NU Coliseum.

Husker spikers face test
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's volleyball team opens the 2000 season this weekend by hosting the US Bank Tournament at the NU Coliseum.

NU spikers still shooting for No. 1
Nebraska has a new volleyball coach this season. The Huskers also have a new staff, a new setter and will be missing All-American right side hitter Nancy Meendering who is taking a redshirt season. But the Huskers' goals are the same.

Trip to China pays off for NU volleyball team
Any success the Nebraska volleyball team enjoys this season will be directly related to the 18 days the Huskers spent in China this summer.

Bob Hamar
Cook era set to start at Nebraska
A new era is ready to unfold in Nebraska volleyball. Terry Pettit is gone. Now make room for John Cook. The change will, in some ways, be rather drastic.

Kropp turning into one of Huskers' best players
Jenny Kropp had an impressive spring with the Nebraska volleyball team.

Husker spikers picked to win 2000 Big 12 championship
Nebraska is the preseason favorite to win its third straight Big 12 Conference volleyball championship and sophomore setter Greichaly Cepero, along with Texas A&M; setter Jenna Moscovic, are the preseason co-players of the year in a vote by league head coaches.

K-State's Wegner a Big 12 preseason pick
Kansas State junior Liz Wegner was picked to the Big 12 Conference preseason first-team Tuesday in a vote by league coaches.

Meendering elects to redshirt for 2000
LINCOLN -- Nancy Meendering needs a break from volleyball.

Weston selected as Olympic alternate
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Nebraska volleyball player Allison Weston has been selected as an alternate for the 2000 Olympic team. The final selection of the team is pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee.

Trip to China eye opener for Kropp
Jenny Kropp has a new perspective on life in the United States. The Nebraska volleyball player, who will be a junior this fall, and her teammates just returned from an 18-day trip to China. Now Kropp, a 1998 graduate of Grand Island Central Catholic, appreciates the little things we take for granted.

China seizes NU team's camera
LINCOLN (AP) -- Don't plan to see any video footage of the Nebraska volleyball team's trip to China.

Husker spikers earn exhibition win over Creighton
LINCOLN -- With the help of impressive performances by sophomores Laura Pilakowski and Pam Krejci, the Nebraska volleyball team defeated Creighton 15-4, 15-9, 15-4 Saturday in a spring exhibition match at the NU Coliseum.

Terry Douglass
NU coach impressed with Kropp
Now past the midway point in her college volleyball career, it appears that Nebraska's Jenny Kropp intends to elevate her game.

NU volleyball coach names new director
LINCOLN--Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook announced on Wednesday that Diane Mendenhall has been hired as director of volleyball operations.

Nebraska signs 2 top volleyball recruits
Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook's first recruiting class is already shaping up as a good one.

Best hired as Montana coach
Cornhusker assistant Nikki Best has been named the head volleyball coach at the University of Montana.

Meendering to train with national team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nebraska two-time All-America right-side hitter Nancy Meendering is one of four college standouts who have been added to the USA women's national volleyball training team.

Bob Hamar
Pettit big key to volleyball in Nebraska
Way back in 1977, Nebraska needed a volleyball coach. It found one at, of all places, Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.

NU spikers confident in new coach
Grand Island Central Catholic graduate Jenny Kropp says she's confident that the volleyball beat will go on with Nebraska, even without longtime coach Terry Pettit.

Meendering earns All-America honor
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Nebraska junior right-side hitter Nancy Meendering became the eighth player in Nebraska volleyball history to earn two first-team All-America certificates as she was named to the AVCA Division I All-America Team Wednesday.

NU coach Pettit retires
LINCOLN -- Terry Pettit finally let the cat out of the bag on one of the state's worst-kept secrets.

Terry Douglass
NU program will survive minus Pettit
LINCOLN -- Unlike two years ago when the state of Nebraska mourned Tom Osborne's resignation as head football coach, Cornhusker volleyball coach Terry Pettit suggested a different reaction at his farewell press conference.

Nebraska volleyball coach steps down
LINCOLN -- Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit announced today that he will step down and accept an administrative position in the university's athletic department. John Cook, an associate head coach for the Huskers and former Wisconsin head coach, was named Pettit's replacement by NU athletic director Bill Byrne.

Nebraska volleyball coach to discuss future
LINCOLN (AP) -- When Nebraska hired Wisconsin's former head volleyball coach as its top assistant coach earlier this year, talk quickly focused on the future of Terry Pettit.

NU spikers stunned by UC-Santa Barbara
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- When it mattered most, the Nebraska volleyball team couldn't come up with one of its better matches.

Husker spikers advance with 3-game win
LINCOLN -- In true Terry Pettit fashion, the 23-year Nebraska volleyball coach answered a question Friday night about his coaching future by focusing on what's happening in the present.

NU spikers rout Davidson
While walking out of their press conference after their first round NCAA tournament loss to Nebraska, Davidson's Mara Mordidi and Gina Lawrence could only laugh as they read the match's play-by-play sheet.

Husker spikers hosting regional
The Nebraska volleyball team will begin play in its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament tonight by hosting a first-round match for the 16th consecutive season.

NU spikers seeded third in regional
LINCOLN -- The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team will host Davidson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday at the NU Coliseum.

NU spikers claim Big 12 title outright
LINCOLN -- Directly after his team's marathon, three-game victory over Texas, Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit ascended the back stairs of the NU Coliseum for his post-game radio interview and ran into Cornhusker Athletic Director Bill Byrne.

NU spikers clinch share of Big 12 title
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The 11th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team guaranteed themselves at least a share of the Big 12 title Wednesday with a 15-9, 15-3, 15-8 win over Missouri at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo., in front of 363 fans.

Spikers closing in on title
LINCOLN--A Big 12 Conference volleyball title is Nebraska's for the taking this week as the Cornhuskers close out the regular season.

Husker spikers sweep Oklahoma in Big 12 battle
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Nebraska volleyball team improved to 22-5 on the season and 14-3 in Big 12 Conference play Wednesday with an 18-16, 15-5, 15-6 sweep of Oklahoma.

NU spikers want to hold share of lead
LINCOLN--The Nebraska volleyball team is looking to protect its share of the Big 12 Conference lead and earn a season sweep of two opponents in matches this week.

NU spikers down A&M;
LINCOLN (AP) -- Nebraska's volleyball team retained a share of the Big 12 conference lead Saturday in beating Texas A&M; 15-5, 15-7, 10-15, 15-11.

Spikers now tied for first place
With the help of a three-game win over Kansas Wednesday night and a loss from Texas, the No. 13-ranked Nebraska volleyball team moved into a tie with the Longhorns and Texas A&M; atop the Big 12 Conference standings for the first time this season.

NU spikers sweep Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Nebraska's volleyball team used one of its best games at the service line to notch its third straight sweep with a 15-5, 15-9, 15-11 victory over Kansas Wednesday in Lawrence.

NU spikers get back in Big 12 hunt
LINCOLN -- Last week's performance by the Nebraska volleyball team was one the Cornhuskers hope to build on heading down the stretch run of the Big 12 Conference season.

NU spikers down Kansas St.
The No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team showed it's not ready to relinquish its Big 12 volleyball title any time soon.

Husker spikers sweep Texas Tech
LINCOLN (AP) -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers' volleyball team wasted no time Friday in warming up for Saturday's Big 12 conference showdown with Kansas State.

Nebraska spikers face tough stretch
LINCOLN -- If the Nebraska volleyball team expects to avenge an earlier loss to Kansas State, the Cornhuskers will have to rely on stamina and mental toughness.

NU spikers fall at Texas in five games
AUSTIN, Texas -- Nebraska's No. 13 volleyball team dropped a 15-11, 7-15, 12-15, 15-9, 15-13 decision to No. 10 Texas Saturday in Austin.

NU faces Texas in key Big 12 volleyball match
Nebraska's volleyball team faces an important Big 12 match tonight against Texas.

Austin site for key Big 12 'doubleheader'
Nebraska's Terry Pettit got the start time he wanted at the back end of the Texas-Cornhusker football-volleyball doubleheader Saturday.

NU spikers cruise past Missouri
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's volleyball team put up a strong block Wednesday night.

Freshmen impress Husker volleyball coach
LINCOLN -- Coaches are traditionally reluctant to heap praise on freshmen players, but that hasn't stopped Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit from recognizing the youth movement on his team.

NU offense sizzles against Sooners
LINCOLN -- For just the second time this season, the Nebraska volleyball team reached the .400 mark for hitting percentage in a match.

OU coach hints Pettit to leave
LINCOLN -- Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit refused to comment Wednesday night on talk by another coach that this is his last season with the Cornhuskers.

NU spikers stick to basics in win over Colorado
LINCOLN -- There was nothing mysterious about Nebraska's 15-4, 15-5, 7-15, 15-7 victory over Colorado Saturday before 3,812 fans at the NU Coliseum.

Husker spikers pound Cyclones in three games
AMES, Iowa -- The Nebraska volleyball team took out its frustrations on an over-matched Iowa State team Wednesday night, allowing just two total points in a 15-0, 15-2, 15-0 win in Ames.

Coach unconcerned by Nebraska spikers slide
LINCOLN -- With a volleyball program as historically dominating in conference play as Terry Pettit's has been, one might figure the Nebraska coach thinks the sky is falling on the Cornhuskers.

Aggies knock off NU spikers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M; overcame a 31-kill performance by Nebraska's Nancy Meendering to hand the eighth-rated Huskers a five-game loss, 15-3, 13-15, 15-5, 13-15, 15-13 Saturday.

NU volleyball team dominates Kansas
LINCOLN -- Things weren't going too well for the No. 8 ranked Nebraska volleyball team.

NU spikers still facing tough tests
LINCOLN -- It was a difficult week for the Nebraska volleyball team last week, but Cornhuskers head coach Terry Pettit warned that his team isn't out of the storm yet.

NU spikers bounce back
LUBBOCK -- Fourth-ranked Nebraska avoided its first-ever 0-2 conference start by rallying against Texas Tech.

No. 24 Kansas State rallies to upset Huskers
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's media notes said the Huskers volleyball team had beaten Kansas State 58 times.

Match against Badgers tough for NU's Cook
Nebraska associate head volleyball coach John Cook naturally had some mixed emotions about the last Wednesday's 15-5, 15-9, 18-16 victory over Wisconsin.

Nebraska spikers a 'team by committee'
Nebraska's volleyball team is made up of many different parts.There are the stars like Nancy Meendering leading the way, but NU coach Terry Pettit said there are also some role players who help make the whole thing work.

Meendering's move vaults Huskers past Wisconsin
LINCOLN -- Now introducing Nebraska middle blocker Nancy Meendering.

No. 5 Nebraska sweeps S. Florida
LINCOLN -- The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team (5-2) breezed through its opening match of the US Bank Tournament, defeating South Florida 15-3, 15-5, 15-2 Friday night at the NU Coliseum.

Kropp playing key role for Huskers
Nebraska's Jenny Kropp has been playing well for the Huskers at the net.

Husker volleyball team downs Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla.--Naming Nebraska's Nancy Meendering as the most valuable player on the Sun Trust Invitational all-tournament team was an easy process on Sunday.

NU spikers win twice in tourney
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nebraska's volleyball team notched two victories Saturday at the Florida SunTrust Invitational.

NU spikers dominate Drake
LINCOLN--The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team brought its two-match losing streak to a screeching halt by dominating Drake 15-7, 15-7, 15-11 on Wednesday at the NU Coliseum.

Women making strides at UNL
LINCOLN (AP) -- When women's sports returned to the University of Nebraska 25 years ago, the athletes had to set up folding chairs for the 30 or 40 fans who showed up.

NU setter ready to control reins
You can't replace a setter like Fiona Nepo, and Nebraska's Jill McWilliams isn't even going to try.

NU spikers favorites in Big 12 race
LINCOLN (AP) -- Despite losing three starters, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been picked to repeat as Big 12 Conference volleyball champions in a coaches' poll released Tuesday.

Kropp looks for playing time
Jenny Kropp is no longer the slightly scared freshman who joined the Nebraska volleyball team last August.

She now has a year of experience and is looking forward to doing, well, whatever coach Terry Pettit asks her to do.

"I'm a lot more confident this year. I'm not sure what my role will be, but I'm going to try and earn a spot on the floor,'' Kropp said. "We'll see what happens.''

Husker spikers ranked third
Nebraska's volleyball team will open the 1999 season as the third-ranked team in the country.

Nebraska spikers optimistic
LINCOLN -- The faces change for the Nebraska volleyball players, but the final goal doesn't.

The Huskers want -- even expect -- to be playing in the Final Four in December.

Meendering picks up experience
LINCOLN -- Nancy Meendering likes playing supporting roles, but more and more, the Nebraska junior is becoming known for her performances as leading lady on the volleyball court.

Husker spikers are drawing big crowds
LINCOLN -- It's been years since football fans could walk to ticket windows at Memorial Stadium on a Saturday and purchase a game ticket.

Spikers to face tough 1999 schedule
LINCOLN -- Nebraska's 1999 volleyball schedule is out and Coach Terry Pettit said it looks like a tough one.
From April 5

Pettit says spikers progressing well this spring
LINCOLN -- Three weeks into spring drills and Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit said the Cornhuskers are growing into a team that can again contend for the NCAA title.
From March 31

Pettit denies he's considering retirement
LINCOLN (AP) -- Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit on Tuesday denied a published report in a Wisconsin newspaper that he plans to resign within the next year or two.
From February 24

Badger coach resigns, joins Husker staff
LINCOLN (AP) -- Wisconsin women's volleyball coach John Cook, who got the Badgers within one match of the NCAA Final Four the last two years, resigned Monday to become an assistant at Nebraska.
From February 24


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