The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 03, 1993, Page 8, Image 8

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Big 8 invite may boost
already solid NU team
By Mitch Sherman
Staff Reporter
After an easy victory at the Rocky
Mountain Open,
where they scored
an impressive 277
points, the Nebras
ka men’s gymnas
tics team will be a
little banged up go
ing into the Big
Eight Invitational
this weekend,
coach Francis Allen
But tne Huskers, NCAA runners
up last year, hope to use the meet as a
springboard to a second consecutive
10-0 season. Allen said he thought the
Huskers, who are currently ranked
No. 1 in the nation, have the ability to
put together another perfect season.
“I expect us to go undefeated and
win the national championship,” he
said. “Our top competition will come
from Ohio State, Stanford and UCLA.
And I think this team will be just as
good as any team we’ve had here in
the past.”
However, the team won’t be at
full-strength this weekend.
- it
I expect us to go
undefeated and win
the national champi
Nebraska men's gymnastics
-ft _
Junior Richard Grace went down
with a severely sprained ankle and
will be out for about two weeks, Allen
“We’re going to need to scrape a
little bit this weekend,” Allen said.
“It’s not going to be the same old
Nebraska until we get (Grace) back.”
The meet, originally scheduled to
begin tonight, will not start until Sat
urday at 7 p.m. The compulsory round
was canceled when Oklahoma with
drew from the competition. Injuries
forced the Sooners to withdraw, Allen
said. Air Force and Iowa State will
compete against the Huskers. The
meet will be held on the track area of
the Bob Dcvancy Sports Center.
Jon Waller/DN
Nebraska’s Jen McFadden (left) and Billie Winsett
attempt a block against Oklahoma in Nebraska’s final
Big Eight match. The Cornhuskers will travel to
South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame Sunday in the
second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Continued from Page 7
“Our outside hitters arc much
more effective than they were six
weeks ago,” he said. “I think the
team has been mentally together as
a group, and we’re going to go
there and give it everything we
Outside hitter Kelly Aspcgren
said the Huskers had improved their
level ofplay in the NCAA tourney.
“We’re almost there,” she said.
“We’re gradually getting better.
We’ll be ready for Notre Dame.
“You might see our best against
Notre Dame.”
Continued from Page 7
However, Conncaly said, the en
tire Florida State offense concerns
“I think they’re right up there with
the best offenses,” Conncaly said.
“They really nove the ball up and
down the field and score quite a few
points. It won’t come easy.”
•The coaches selected Nebraska
coach Tom Osborne Thursday as the
Big Eight’s Coach-of-the-Year.
Outside linebacker Trev Alberts
was named the defensive playerofthe
year by the coaches. Husker
comerback Tyrone Williams tied with
Kansas State linebacker Percell
Gaskins for defensive newcomer-of
the-year honors.
Colorado’s Charles Johnson was
named the offensive player of the
year. Kansas State quarterback Chad
May earned offensive newcomer-of
the-year honors.
Kansas running back June Henley
was selected the offensive freshman
of the year. Kansas comerback Tony
Blevins was named defensive fresh
man of the year.
NU wrestlers
face tough field
in Nevada meet
From Staff Reports
Seven of the nation’s top 10 wres
tling teams will be in Las Vegas for
the Las Vegas Invitational Friday and
Eighth-ranked Nebraska, 2-1, fin
ished second at the invite last year.
The Comhuskers arc one of 42 teams
in the field.
In the past seven years, the winner
of the Las Vegas Invitational has gone
on to win the NCAA Championship
four times and been the runner-up
Senior Scott Gonvo, who is 9-1
and ranked fifth at 118 pounds, is one
of two ranked Husker wrestlers. Jun
ior Mike Eierman is ranked sixth at
142 pounds.
Senior Frank Velazquez suffered a
lower left leg injury in last Sunday’s
dual against Clarion and will not make
the trip to Las Vegas.