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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 7, 1996)
By Mike Kluck
Hie dog days of October have be
sieged the sixth-ranked Nebraska soc
With the postseason still more than
a month away and fall camp more than
a month in the past, Comhusker Coach
John Walker finds himself trying to
push his team to its first-ever appear
ance in the NCAA Ibumament.
After Nebraska’s 2-0 victory over,
Alabama on Sunday, and a Friday win
over Tulsa to improve the third-year
team’s record to 11-0, Walker said he
was going to give his team a couple of
“We’re dead caught in the middle
of the season nght how,” Walker said.
“You can see it, and some of them are
beat up, too. We’re actually going to
give them two days off and then push
on from there.”
But Walker said this is good for his
young team, which has set a new stan
dard this season.
After Sunday’s win against an Ala
bama team that won the Southeastern
Conference Western Division champi
onship last season, Walker had to give
his team a pep talk.
“They were disappointed they
couldn’t do more,” Walker said. “Here
I am, having to cheer up an 11-0 team.
We’re doing OK, and we’ll keep
marching on. But that’s good that their
standards are high.”
Nebraska defender Kim Ratliff said
the Huskers thought they had not per
formed up to their expectations Sun
“Even though we came out with a
win, we want to play to the best we
can,” Ratliff said. “When we don’t, we
are still disappointed.”
However, Ratliff, who has been
with' the Huskers since the formation
of the program, said it is nice to enter
every game expecting to win.
Husker midfielder Kari
Uppinghouse said the team is tired, but
it is at the point where it expected to
“Definitely, we have the pressure
now since we are a top-five program,”
Uppinghouse said. “But we’ve always
been disappointed if the effort hasn’t
been there all the time.”
Former Husker Wrnsett
named woman of die year
Indiana native beats
nine other finalists for
the NCAA honor.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —
Right at the bottom of the long list of
goals that Billie Winsett-Fletcher
hoped to achieve when she came to
Nebraska was to win a national chain
She did that,
who recently mar
ried Greg Fletcher,
was named NCAA
Woman of the
tion of academic
excellence, com- Wiasett
nuinity service and fine play as an out
side hitter for the 1995 Nebraska vol
leyball team, which won the national
“The final thing was to win the na
tional championship,” Winsett
Fletcher said before she was honored
along with nine other finalists at an
NCAA dinner in Kansas City. “I had
the GPA I wanted to have. I had the
outside activities I wanted to have.
“Winning the national champion
ship was the last thing. I gave it every
thing I possibly could every day. I be
came the best volleyball player I pos
sibly could be. There is a peace of feel
ing knowing that I accomplished that.
“It really doesn’t matter what
awards you win. You go out and do the
best you can and help make the others
around you be better. There is a peace
fulness, a proudness when you know
that you have done that.”
Winsett-Fletcher, from Boonvilie
Ind., carries a 3.833 gradepoiitt aver
age into her final year toward a degree
in secondary education. She is an ac
tive member of the Fellowship ol
Christian Athletes and has focused on
working with children.
She speaks at many school assem
blies and is the keynote speaker al
Nebraska 's annual School is Cool Jam
which attracts about 14.000 students.
Her husband, a former Nebraska
football player whose career was ended
by injury, isa third-year medical school
“It’s just the concept of being in
volved,” Winsett-Fletcher said. “It’s
getting involved in music, in Mkm
sewing—it’s all the basis of what you
are going to do for the rest of your life.
“You never know about injuries,
you never know about a career-ending
injury. There are other qualities you can
fall back rat. My family has always
taught a strong work ethic and mod
esty to yourself and to others.”
Winsett-Fletcher grew up with three
older sisters, all of whom played
collegiately, but none enjoyed the op
portunities that were opened to her.
“I asked my mom once if she ever
competed,” Winsett-Fletcher said,
“and she said, 'Every time I raced
someone, I won. But I didn’t have the
“These girls need to know that as
soon as they can throw a ball or swim
or play — that they can do it. People
need to say, 'You are special, you are
The other finalists were Mary-Alice
Brady, track and field, Boston College;
I became the best
volleyball player I
possibly could be.
There is a peace of
feeling knowing that
l Woman of the Year
Amy DeVaster, swimming, Alabama;
Kristi Kloster, track and field and cross
country, Kansas; Marya Morusiewicz,
volleyball, Barry University; Nikki
Nicholson, volleyball, Georgia; Jenni
Rademacher, basketball, North Dakota
State; Annette Salmeen, swimming,
UCLA; Samantha Salvia, field hockey,
Old Dominion; and Katie Smith, bas
ketball and track and field, Ohio State.
The finalists were selected by an
NCAA committee from 51 state nomi
nees. The NCAA Committee on
Women's Athletics then picked
Winsett-Fletcher was the sixth
award winner. Rebecca Lobo, who led
the University of Connecticut to the
women’s basketbal 1 championship,
was honored last year.
“Each student-athlete is simply
amazing," Winsett-Fletcher said.
Next round promises drama
BALTIMORE (AP) — Roberto
Alomar and the Baltimore Orioles
know what to expect in the next few
days: an unruly crowd at Yankee Sta
dium, and a couple of games of
homerun derby against New York.
In other words, classic National
“I didn’t worry about them booing
me—I just went out there and played
the way I know how to [day the game,”
Alomar said after his 12th-inning
homer completed the Orioles’ surpris
ing playoff win in Cleveland.
Tom Glavine and the World Series
champion Atlanta Braves figure to see
something different when the St. Louis
Cardinals show up this week: tight,
well-pitched games that keep fans
In another words, classic National
•League baseball. u
“The thing I’m amazed about is that
we play much better, much crisper
baseball this time of year than we do
in the regular season,” Glavine said
after Atlanta finished off a first-round
sweep of Los Angeles.
The second round of the playoffs
could well be a study in contrasts,
showcasing the best that both leagues
have to offer.
In the AL, that means power.
The Orioles hit a major league
record 257 home runs this season,
breaking the mark of 240 set by the
1961 Yankees. They connected for
nine more in four games in knocking
out the AL champion Indians.
The Yankees, who won their series
3-1 over Texas with three home runs
by Bernie Williams, figure to make
things tough on Baltimore. New York
went 10-3 against the Orioles this sea
The best-of-seven series starts
Tuesday night in New York.
“It’s going to be real good for us to
start off at home, particularly after the
tough series with Tex&s,” Yankee Man
ager Joe Torre said. “Baltimore was as
good as any team in the league in the
Major League Playoffs
second half of the season .”
- The NL series begins Wednesday
night in Atlanta, with the focus cm
The Braves held Los Angeles to
just 14 hits and no home runs in three
games. The three-man playoff rotation
— John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and
Glavine - was 3-0 with an 0.79 ERA
against the Dodgers.
“We’ve got some big-game pitch
ers,” second baseman Mark Lemke
said. “You saw it once again.”
The Braves have won seven straight
games at home in the postseason, and
14 of 17 overall. Atlanta went 9-4
against St. Louis this season.
The Cardinals are playing in their
first postseason since 1987, but have
plenty of October experience. Manager
Tbny LaRussa and seven players who
toe* part in the three-game sweep over
San Diego in the opening round own
World Series rings.
KSU from page 8
yards and passed for 34 — re
newed the NU confidence.
On the next Wildcat posses
sion, NU safety Eric Warfield
blocked a Garcia punt at the NU
19. After the offense couldn’t
pick up a first down, Brown
kicked a 28-yard field goal to
give Nebraska a 15-3 lead.
Brown added a career-long
50-yarder as time expired in the
first half, giving the Huskers an
18-3 halftime advantage.
Before the KSU offense had
a chance to make a second-half
adjustment, the Cats fell even
deeper. One play after Green left
the game with a toe injury, Evans
took a pitch around the right side
69 yards for a touchdown to put
the Huskers up 25-3.
Frost then tossed a 21-yard
strike to tight end Vershan Jack
son, who got one foot down in
the back of the end zone, cap
ping a 10-play, 70-yard with 43
seconds left in the third quarter.
Evans found the end zone
again, this time from five yards
out, with 12:34 left to end the
“The thing that I was some
what uncertain of was which
team was the real team,”
Osborne said, “the one that
played in Arizona, or the team
that we thought we had.”
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VOLLEY from Page 10
Nebraska started quickly Saturday
night against Missouri, taking an early
4-0 lead in the first game. The Tigers
closed the gap to 7-5, but NU re
sponded with eight unanswered points
and never looked back the rest of the
The Huskers were led by outside
hitter Kate Cmich. The 5-11 outside
hitter recorded 11 kills on just 13 at
tempts, hitting .769. Nebraska hit a
season-high .444 against MU.
“Kate was very effective against
Missouri after struggling a bit against
Iowa State,” Pettit said.
Jodi Maune was the only Tiger to
post double figures in kills with 11. The
- Huskers held-Missouri to a .141 hit
ting percentage. Nebraska’s three
game win against Missouri (0-12)
marked the 25th consecutive time the
Huskers have swept the Tigers.
NU will play its third consecutive
road match Wednesday night when
they travel to Boulder to face Colorado
before returning home Friday to play
host to the U.S. National Team in an
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