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Nebraska's Janet Kruse (17) attempts a spike during the
FirsTier Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
First volleyball tournament
pleases freshman Cornhusker
By Kyle Schurman
A normally difficult transition
went smoothly for Nebraska fresh
man Janet Kruse Friday and Saturday
during the FirsTicr Volleyball Invita
tional in the Nebraska Coliseum.
Kruse, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter
from Fort Calhoun, has only had pre
season practice to adjust to college
volleyball since she is a freshman.
Usually, the transition from Class B
high school volleyball to college
volleyball would be difficult enough
for a player against any type of colle
But Kruse had to make the transi
tion against lop-20 caliber teams like
Purdue, Florida and 1986 NCAA
champion Pacific during last
Kruse said she thought she played
well in her collegiate debut. She had
11 kills in 21 attacks during the six
games she played in. She assisted on
“I was happy with how I played,”
Kruse said after Nebraska’s straight
set victory over Pacific in the Corn
huskers’ final match of the tourna
ment. “I feel a lot more comfortable
now than I did at the beginning.”
Kruse played in the second game
of Nebraska’s tournament-opening
match against Purdue Friday night
and recorded two kills. She then
played in two games against Florida
Saturday morning and had one kill.
Kruse saw her most extensive
playing time Saturday afternoon
against Pacific, the Huskers’ toughest
tournament opponent. She helped
Nebraska complete its come-from
bchind, 16-14 victory in the first
However, the first time Kruse
touched the ball in that game she
wasn’t successful. With Nebraska
leading 15-14, Kruse misplayeda set
attempt, giving Pacific a side out. She
made up for her mistake on the next
volley when she had an attack kill,
giving Nebraska a side out.
Following a Husker service error,
Kruse helped Nebraska regain the
serve when she and junior Carla
Baker blocked a Pacific kill attempt.
Kruse then helped Nebraska score
on the game-winning point when she
blocked a Pacific attack on the next
Kruse had four kills in the second
game, and one kill in the third game.
She said she didn’t expect to play as
much as she did in the tournament.
“It was great, but I really didn’t
expect to play that much,” Kruse said.
“I was just glad I got achance to play.”
Nebraska coach Terry Pettit said
before the season he thought Kruse
would enjoy significant playing time
throughout the season.
“She’s a Husker,” Pettit said.
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Wingbacks miss Tuesday practice
By Mike Kluck
The absence of two wingbacks
from Tuesday’s practice had Ne
braska football coach Tom Osborne a
Dana Brinson, a 5-foot-9 senior
from Valdosta, Ga., suffered from
stomach cramps and didn’t practice at
all T uesday. Nate T umer, a 6-1 fresh
man, left practice early because of
tendonitis in both his knees, Osborne
“Those two receivers made us a
little short-handed there,” Osborne
Osborne said Turner may be lim
ited until Thursday, but expects him
to play on Saturday against UCLA in
Senior comerback Lorenzo Hicks
also left practice early because of a
strained groin, said Nebraska Athletic
Trainer George Sullivan.
Osborne also announced that so
phomore Brian Boerboom on offense
and Joe D’Alesio on defense were
scout team players-of-the-week.
Tljc scout team player-of-the
week is something the Nebraska
coaches started this year, Osborne
“It’s to reward guys who we think
have done an especially good job on
the scout team,” Osborne said. “The
coaches just decide by basis of effort
“It’s a hard job. If you know you’re
not going to play that week, it’s hard
to keep yourself motivated and keep
hustling. But you don’t give the of
fense any kind of picture — or the
defense — if you’re not trying. So
having a good scout team is really
Boerboom, a 6-7, 255-pound of
fensive guard-tackle, was a 1987
scholarship player from Colorado
Springs, Colo. Boerboom, who
graduated from Doherty High
School, was the offensive playcr-of
the-year as a lineman and was named
to high school All-America teams by
Bally and Scholastic Coach Maga
D’Alesio, a junior, is a 6-6, 235
pound defensive tackle from Kansas
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