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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 22, 1995)
Pressure on for Arby’s Classic
By Trevor Parts
The Nebraska volleyball team will
get a crack at two totally different
opponents in this weekend’s Arby’s
The No. 1 Comhuskers play host
to 1-11 Baylor Friday night at 7:30
and 9-J George Washington Satur
day at 7:30 p.m. at the NU Coliseum,
Husker coach Teriy Pettit said
Baylor, whose lone win was against
Stephen F. Austin, was a team that
had struggled this season, and the
Colonials were a team with a big.
That weapon is Svetlana Vyturina.
Last year in Nebraska’s 3-0 win over
George Washington in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament,
Vyturina set an NCAA Tournament
record with 48 kills.
Nebraska defeated the Colonials
17-15, 15-9 and 15-8 last year.
George Washington coach Susie
Homan said after playing in the Coli
seum last year, her team may not be
as intimidated as they were on their
“Last year’s match was certainly a
different situation, being there in die
second round of the NCAA Tourna
ment, but we try to take the same
attitude into every match,” Homan
said. “We try to fight, and we try to
win a match no matter what the cir
This match will help her team,
Homan said, but she knows Nebraska
is a hungry team.
“That was a great experience for
our team,” Homan said. “I know they
had a disappointing finish last year,
and from everything I have seen, they
are a team on a mission.”
Pettit said even with Vyturina,
who averages more than 7.3 kills a
game, the Huskers would have
chances to score.
“Fortunately she is not always in
the front line, and there is some po
tential to run some points when she is
in the back row,” Pettit said. “When
we played George Washington last
fall, I think we wore them down.”
Pettit said 6-foot-4 Lisa Reitsma
would be matched up against Vyturina
for most of the match.
The Huskers should see the return
of middle blocker Jen McFadden.
McFadden didn’t practice last week
or play in the Wyoming Invitational,
but Pettit said she should see playing
time this weekend.
Pettit said he was proud that
McFadden could return to the team
after having knee and back surgery
“I think the fact that she missed
the last seven or eight days was the
fact that we were too aggressive,”
Pettit said. “We’re just going to be
very cautious so that in late October
early November she will be a major
part of our plan.”
Homan said Nebraska would keep
the pressure on the Colonials even if
McFadden, who didn’t play against
George Washington last year, was
out of the lineup.
“All of their players are a year
older and more mature,” Homan said.
“They are a very balanced hard-work
ing team, and when you play them,
there is not a second when you can
Vtyurina wants team to get exposure
By Trevor Parks
Svetlana Vtyurina is looking at
this weekend’s Arby’s Classic as a
great volleyball holiday.
No, she doesn’t think playing No.
1 Nebraska will be a vacation. She
said it would be a great chance for the
.George Washington volleyball team
to get noticed around the country.
Last season, the Colonials did get
noticed after playing Nebraska. 'Hie
senior outside hitter had an amazing
game against the Comhuskers in the
second round of the NCAA Tourna
The native of Moscow, Russia, set
an NCAA Tournament record with
48 kills in thematch. The Comhuskers
eventually won the match 17-15, 15
9, 15-8, but in the first game, the
Colonials had a game point at 15-14.
Vtyurina said the match against
Nebraska was incredible.
“That was one of the most excit
ing matches of my career,” Vtyurina
said. “I love the crowd there because
they are a positive volleyball crowd,
and I’m hoping this will be another
But the 9-3 Colonials are a differ
ent team from last year’s team that
finished 32-4, Vtyurina said. Seven
newcomers have been trying to fill
the void left by the loss of three
Vtyurina said the freshmen had
learned quickly and with a young
team, Vtyurina has had to become
more of a leader.
“The freshmen might be a little bit
hyper, and they could be a little
scared,” Vtyurina said. “Our team is
different from last year because we’re
younger, but that brings us some dif
“My leadership comes from being
a senior and not by choice. I think it’s
been good for me to be the leader for
the young players.”
As for changes, Vtyurina said she
spent the summer getting into oetter
shape, which already has shown on
George Washington coach Susie
Homan said she had noticed a differ
ence in Vtyurina’s play.
“She is in better physical condi
tion than she was a year ago, and like
any senior, she is a year wiser and a
year more mature,” Homan said.
Vtyurina set an NCAA record for
kills in a match on Sept. 14 with a 56
kill effort against Georgetown and is
only 406 kills shy of breaking the
NCAA career kill record. After 12
matches this season, she has 331 kills
Vtyurina said she was not the
Colonials’ only offensive weapon,
“I can’t say we are one-dimen
sional, but when we get into tough
situations, the ball will be set to me,”
Vtyurina said. “I figure if a team has
a player like me why not use them?”
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ning the score up.
“Last year, Coach Osborne took
us out after the first couple series, and
was able to get the second, third and
fourth teams in there when the game
was relatively close, and it was a
Pacific enters the contest 1 -2, los
ing to Fresno State 56-24 last week.
Its one win was a 23-10 victory over
Osborne said defeating Pacific was
Nebraska’s first priority, with im
provement following close behind.
“I guess my main concern is that
they practice hard and improve some
this week, and not decide to put things
in neutral,” he said.
— Osborne announced Thursday
that Damon Benning would start at I
back against Pacific. Benning missed
the last two games with a pulled
Defensive tackle Larry Townsend
and I-back Clinton Childs won’t play
Saturday, Osborne said. Childs, who
rushed for 143 yards a week ago, will
not play because of a strained knee he
suffered in the game.
& him a future
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lost. He led the National Football
League in sacks from 1992-94 with
Smith said it was difficult at first
for him to get used to playing with
.and against NFL players, but now
he’s the one .that the younger players
look at. From 1993 to 1995, Smith
played with future Hall-of-Famer Joe
Montana and is now playing with
“In my first game I played, it was
against Dallas, and my first tackle
was against Tony Dorsett,” Smith
said. “It didn’t affect me about who
he was until I got up and realized I
just tackled Dorsett.”
But over the years Smith has de
veloped into a Hall-of-Fame candi
date himself. The four-time Pro-Bowl
player has 12tackles this season while
leading the Chiefs to a 3-0 record and
the AFC West lead.
Smith said he didn’t know how
many years he would play for the
Chiefs, but he wanted to accomplish
one more goal with them. He wants to
win a championship.
Smith never won a national cham
pionship with the Huskers, so Smith’s
envy would end with a Super Bowl
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