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Monday morning started like
any other at Battle Creek High
Dave Volk was sitting in
homeroom, minding his own busi
ness, when he was called into Foot
ball Coach BobSchnitzler’s office.
Schnitzler had Nebraska Coach
Tom Osborne on die line. V>lk an
swered the phone and was offered
a scholarship by the NU coach.
Suddenly, his dream to one day
take the field wearing Husker scar
let and cream at Memorial Stadium
was becoming a reality.
“If you grow up in Nebraska,”
Volk said, “I don’t know how you
can not want to play for the Husk
Though he knew he wanted to
play for the Huskers, Volk told J
Osborne that he wanted to talk
things out with his parents before
making a decision. Osbome said he
understood and he would call Volk
at home later that night
“I toldhim I wanted to talk with
my parents first,” Volk said, “but I
pretty much had my mind made up
since I was a sixth-grader.”
Volk said he returned to class
and shared his secret with just three
people throughout the day.
“I didn’t want to say anything
until it was official,” he said.
After football practice, Volk
went home and discussed the situ
ation with his mother.
“My mom has been freaking out
a lot more than I have,” said Volk,
who will sign a letter of intent in
February. “She was just nervous.
It’s a mother thing.”
The 6-foot-5,275-pounder, who
has lettered in football, basketball,
baseball and track since his fresh
man year, had not received any
other football scholarship offers —
until hist after 9 D.m.
is the best
By Trevor Parks
Baylor Coach Chuck Reedy knew
his team was going to be 3-0 entering
the first season of Big 12 Conference
It’s the next
few games after
that that had him
Louisville and Or
egon State before
losing its confer
ence opener 45-24
to Texas Tech last ^
“Now that the
conference race has started, it is going
to be a battle every week,” Reedy said.
“We’re pleased we have gotten off to
a good start, but from here the sched
ule gets nothing but tougher.”
The Bears, 3-1 overall and 0-1 in
the&ig 12, get a much stiffer challenge
than they ha\e faced all season when
they play Nebraska Saturday afternoon
at Memorial Stadium.
A wounded Bear team will visit
No.l quarterback Jeff Watson is
“very, very questionable” for
Saturday’s game, Reedy said. Unless
Watson makes a miraculous recovery
from a nerve problem in his back,
sophomore Jermaine Alfred will start
Alfred entered in the first quarter
of Baylor’s loss to Texas Tech. Al
though he rushed for minus-19 yards
(Mi seven attempts, he did lead the Bear
offense to all of its 24 points.
No. 3 quarterback Odell James,
who was highly recruited last year by
Nebraska, had athroscopic knee sur
gery Wednesday and will redshirt this
For the season, Alfred has com
pleted 19 of 39 passes for 328 yards,
two touchdowns and one interception.
The Baylor defense came out of the
Red Raider game with its confidence
bruised as well. The Texas Tech of
fense rolled up 624 yards of total of
fense against the Bears. Of that, 482
came on the ground.
Tech tailback Byron Hanspard
earned Big 12 offensive player-of-the
week honors for a 287-yard perfor
mance against Baylor. Hanspard’s
rushing total was the most allowed in
98-year history of the BU program.
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RENEE SAUNDERS, a sophomore on the Nebraska volleyball
team, willmut up as a redshirt freshman oh the Husker basketball
team this season.
is double trouble
By Jay Saunders
Deion Sanders. Bo Jackson.
Renee Saunders? ..
Sanders and Jackson sue famous
for playing two sports, but how does
19-year-old Sanders from Omaha
fit in with those multimillionaires?
Saunders is on scholarship at
Nebraska to play both volleyball
and basketball. She is a sophomore
on Volleyball Coach Terry Pettit’s
team, and will be a redshirt fresh
man this year for Women’s Basket
ball Coach Angela Beck.
Saunders was a three-sport ath
lete m high school. The Omaha
Marian graduate dropped down to
two sports after her sophomore
‘1 ran track, but I quit to focus
on volleyball and basketball,”
Saunders said. “I figured why run
when you can jump.”
It is her ability to jump, shoot
and hit that landed her on scholar
ship. Saunders was an all-state bas
ketball player in high school but
chose to come to Nebraska because
“My decision was pretty much
made because I knew volleyball is
what I would be playing my first
year,” said Saunders, who also vis
ited Penn State, Illinois and
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Reitsma breaks her
own school record in
By Trevor Parks
Unfortunately for the Colorado vol
leyball team, Lisa Reitsma has finally
Reitsma, a junior All-American, hit
.323, coming alive to break her own
three-game-match record of 28 kills
with 29 in a sweep of CU Wednesday
night in Boulder.
The sixth-ranked Comhuskers im
proved to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the
Big 12 with a 16-14,15-11,15-10 win
over Colorado ,(8-4 and 3-2) in front
of a crowd of 1,892 at the Coors Event
“It’s a big win,” Reitsma said from
Boulder after the match. “Winning on
the road is never easy.”
Megan Korver added 12 kills for
NU and Fiona Nepo had a career-high
After falling behind 14-10 in game
one, NU fought off three game pointy.
A Reitsma kill and an error by
Colorado’s Melissa Schultz cut the
deficit to 14-12.
An ace by Reitsma pulled Nebraska
within one point, and a Nepo kill elimi
nated the Buffaloes’ fifth game-point
chance. CU’s Sarah Lodge was then
blocked by NU to tie the game. The
Huskers took a 15-14 lead on a
Reitsma kill and won on a Kristin
Dorsch hitting error.
“We pumped ourselves up when we
got down,” Reitsma said. “We were a
little flat to start the match, but when
we fell behind, we realized we needed
to turn things around.”
Nebraska had to rally again in the
second game, falling behind 7-3. Af
ter tying the game at nine, the Husk
ers scored six of the game’s final eight
- The Huskers led 11-5 in game three
_. before hanging on for a 15-10 win.
‘To come in hoe and maintain your
poise and keep fighting, that’s a char
acter builder,” Nebraska Coach Terry
Pettit said on his post-match radio
NU’s Renee Saunders left the
match with a left ankle injury in game
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stable full of returning backs, includ
ing senior Damon Benning and sopho
more Ahinan Green. In addition, the
NU program has become nationally
known for redshirting nearly all of its
But because of Evans’ work, he—
along with fellow Hoe freshman Ralph first true freshman non-kicker to start
Brown — has joined recent players a season opener since at least the
like Green and Tommie Frazier in 1940s.
making a significant contribution in his “I just wanted to come in and get a
first year on campus.
“I watched about six hours of film
a week during the summer,” Evans
said. “I watched a lot of film on
Lawrence (Phillips), Ahman and
Damon, watching their steps.
“Coming up here this summer re
ally helped me out with the offense. I
got to leamthe passing offense pretty
Brown, a right comerback from
Hacienda Heights, Calif., said he also
benefitted from spending three weeks
in Lincoln during die summer. That
work ethic helped him to become the
little time playing here,” Brown said.
‘1 played on grass in high school, and
I didn’t really know wfiatturfwas like.
While I was here, the coaches gave me
a lot of plays.”
Both freshmen said they thought
they might have a chance to play early,
but starting was never their main goal.
“My goal was just to mainly help
out the team the best that ! can,” Brown
Evans, who may start Saturday
against Baylor because of injuries to
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