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Friday, September 14, 1934
Top 20-caliber teams to compete
orelpare for Classic
By G corns Dnla
DUy Nebrcskan StTWritcr
feature some of the top teams in
No. 17 Louisiana State (1-0)
This summer, both -Ncth and "Ruth b very experienced in
Dahlgren played on the national volleyball at the national level. I
Junior Olympic team with LSU learned many new techniques
The UNL volleyball team will ifiSX-iip 8 2 players Leah Bennett and Wendy while working with her this sum
resume action tnis weekend by
hosting the Husker Classic Vol
leyball tournament today and Sat
urday at the Coliseum.
The Husker Classic is the first
of two tournaments the UNL vol
leyball team will host and it will
Men and Women
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Friday, Sept. 14th, 1984
will give the fifth-ranked Husker
team its first look at top 20-
caliber competition. United States
International (2-2) of San Diego
Calif, is also expected to be a
strong team contender for the
tournament championship. North
western is coming off a tourna
ment in California thi3 week,
where they lost to No. 1 Pacific
13-15, 15-3, 15-4, 15-8.
Nebraska coach Terry Pettit
said all of the teams in the tour-
Stammer. The team practiced in mer,
Lake Placid, N.Y. for three week3
before participating in a one
month exhibition volleyball tour in
Europe. LSU coach Ruth Nelson
also was the coach of the Junior
"I'm really excited about the
game1 Friday and the two games
on Saturday," Noth said. "The
games will be exciting and should
be a good test for our team. Dahlgren will likely see a great
Noth said she is looking for- deal of Stammer on the court
Dahlgren said she also learned
a great deal from playing on the
Junior Olympic team and from
"My experiences this summer
Noth said that having friends
on the other side of the net docsnt
really affect her play.
"I have enough to worry about
on our side of the net," she said.
"As a senior, I need to help make
sure we run smart plays and also
help keep our team emotionally
intense. We can't let teams have
long rallies against us."
Both Noth and Dahlgren are
the season this year," Dahlgren
will heln me a great deal during Wii-ina forward to claying against
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the fast-paced oHense oi lsu ana
are sure the play will be exciting
for the fans.
Both are concerned, however,
with Nebraska's lack of game ex-
nament will be strong and noted ward to seeing her former team- Friday night and hopes to play Derjence compared to the other
that two have played more games mates after the two-month sum
than Nebraska. Even so, he said mer schedule and hopes to have
Nebraska will be a strong team fun during the tournament.
because of the hard work his
players have put in this season.
"WeVe worked hard this fall
and have had good practices,"
Pettit said. "I think our players
are ready for the tournament."
Two players who are especially
"We got to know each other
really well this summer," Noth
said. "I hope all of us can play well
Both Noth and Bennett are set
ters and outside hitters. As
seniors, Noth thinks both will
squads. Both agree the games
thb weekend will be challenging,
, . . , . ... but also fun for the players.
"Wendy is very strong, but
hasnt had much experience," she "We like to compete against
said. "She is a very good defensive fast-paced teams," Noth said "We
player and a great passer. I think know we have our work cut out
both of us became a lot more dis- for us this weekend, but it will be
ciplined this summer." fun also."
ready for tonight's opening match play similar roles for their teams.
against LSU are senior All-American
Cathy Noth and sophomore
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WBEKfiMD V5ML1 UP -.
"Leah is a very spirited player
and is an excellent leader," she
said. "She was our captain this
summer, and I learned a great
deal from her. I'm sure she helps
her team out in many ways
besides her play.
Noth said Bennett is extremely
solid in the fundamentals of vol
leyball and is an excellent hitter.
"She's a strong player because
of her leadership and consistent
play," Noth said.
Noth said she also learned a
. f leal from till! cosich Ruth
Nelson during the summer tour.
First Husker Volleyball Classic
Frid, Sept. 24
5 p.m. U.S. International vs. Northwestern
7 p.m. Nebraska vs. Louisiana State
Sstcrdy, Sert, 14 (Free admission with presentation of
Nebraska foctliail ticket.)
1 1:30 am. Nebraska vs. U.S. International
1:30 p.m. Northwestern vs. Louisiana State
5 p.m. Nebraska vs. Northwestern
7 p.m. Louisiana State vs. U.S. International
Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Two UNL volleyball players
to challenge summer friends
By Ward W. Triplett III
Daily Nebraskan Senior Editor
Leah Bennett and Wendy Stammer will
get a chance to see some summer friends
this weekend, but chances are it wont be
a friendly reunion.
Bennett and Stammer, the two top
players on 17th-ranked Louisiana State's
volleyball squad, were teammates of Ne
braska's Karen Dahlgren and Cathy Noth
on the junior national team this summer.
The two teams will play at 7 p.m. tonight
at the UNL Coliseum.
The junior national team is a training
ground for the United States Volleyball
Associaiton. The associaiton looks to the
juniors for potential national team mem-
"It was a great experience," Stammer, a
b-foot tall sophomore from San Antonio
Texas, said. "We all got along so welL and
we played well. It made me see how much
I didn't work here last season."
When the summer tour ended, Bennett
and Stammer returned to LSU with a goal
to move that team up in national recogni
tion. The Tigers beat Southern easily in its
arst match Tuesday night. Now their
sights are set on winning the first Husker
"We're really looking forward to it " said
Stammer, who had 1 2 kills against South
ern. "First, it's our first tournament of the
year. If we do well, we should go up in the
ratings. It will also be good to se how
Cathy and Karen are doing."
Bennett, who is 6-2, plays essentially
the same position for LSU that Noth does
for Nebraska - setting most of the time
but doubling as an outside hitter.
Bennet suffered a stress fracture dur-
Fiacid, N.Y., and did not play against
Southern. The injury may also keep her
out of the line-up tonight.
"I sure hope I get to play, but I have to
wait and see how it goes at practice,"
Bennett said. "I played on it during the
tour, but it affected me in practice and
whenever I jumped. When I got back here,
we just decided to lay off it a little and see
Bennett said she enjoys playing setter,
despite its no-glory status.
"I like to watch other people put the
ball down, and it's fun to watch other
people get excited about their hits," she
said. "It's a challenge for me, and when
things do work, I like to know I had a part
Of her teammate-opponent Noth, Ben
nett said there aren't many better setters
"I think Cathy is an exciting player,"
Bennett said. "She talks a lot on the court
' and keeps the hitters happy, and that's
really the setters job.
"She does a very good job of hitting and
blocking, and takes advantage of smaller
players when she's at the net."
Stammer said Noth and Dahlgren are
really nice players."
"They're both very good, but they really
pushed themselves to improve aH summer,"
Both Stammer and Bennett were at
tracted to LSU because of coach Ruth
Nelson. Stammer said she knew she could
learn from Nelson, while Bennett re
membered taking trips as a fifth grader to
watcn the Nelson-coached Houston Cou
gar squad play.
"I really wanted to play for her ever
since then," she said. She played on a
Welson-coached junior team in high school
before signing with the Tigers.
Nelson also coached the junior team,
E11? ber a chance to learn about Noth
and Dahlgren's play. However, neither of
the two LSU players expected either side
Jf V f,n advantsS2 because of it.
It wid be really good to see them again,
but once the gzme starts, we're out to
win, Bennett said. Thb is our Erst chance
to reaHy move up. I dent think anyone
will nold back anything."
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