The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 24, 1997, Page 8, Image 8

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NU preps for Big 12
PETTIT from page 7 "
against the Penn State and No. 2
Florida but defeated No. 10
Pacific, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 23
Arkansas and No. 21 Ohio State.
Pettit said the challenges of the
past month will benefit Nebraska
during conference play.
“I think the team senses that
we’re getting better,” Pettit said.
“One statistic that catches my eye
is we’ve played a great schedule to
this point and we holding oppo
nents to .110 (hitting percentage).
To do that against quality teams
like Penn State, Ohio State,
Florida and Pacific shows that we
are pretty strong defensively.
“We took a step forward this
weekend, and we need to continue
to do that.”
The fifth-ranked Huskers
relied on their defense throughout
last year’s conference- and
NCAA-Toumament run and Pettit
said defense is NU’s strength once
again this season.
Lisa Reitsma, Megan Korver
and Tonia Tauke average more
than one block per game. Pettit
added that Reitsma and Husker
^setter Fiona Nepo provide NU
with the nation’s best right-side
Offensively, Pettit said, he
expects Nebfa&ka to improve
greatly during ffi^i^few weeks
of conference plajC^^feas posted
a .243 hitting percenta^S^ough
11 matches, a number^^tit
expects to rise in Big 12 action.
Six Big 12 teams competed in
the NCAA Tournament last season
and four have earned top-25 rank
ings in 1997. Nebraska faces
No. 13 Texas, No. 14 Texas A&M
and No. 24 Colorado before
beginning postseason play.
By then, Pettit said, the
Huskers need to have all of their
offensive wrinkles ironed out.
“I think the players are getting
more comfortable, and we’re get
ting a little clearer idea of who’s
going to be on the court so we can
start to refine what we’re doing
toward their skills,” Pettit said. “I
still think we’re a good eight to 10
weeks away from playing our best
volleyball. I think we have the
potential to be really good.”
UNO scrimmage provides
newcomers opportunities
SOFTBALL from page 7
Revelle said. “We are just concerned
with getting players experience for
the spring season.”
Revelle said the fall season won’t
be a true assessment of how good the
| team is going to be, because the team
will be playing without several key
“Once everyone is healthy, we
will be a different team,” she said.
One of the benefits of playing
without the injured players is that the
six freshmen were given a chance to
play right away. During one of the
games last weekend, the Husker
infield consisted of five freshmen
and one sophomore. Revelle said it
was good that the freshmen couldn’t
rely on the senior’s leadership, and
that they had to rely on themselves.
“It will help them in the spring,”
Revelle said.
Revelle was especially impressed
with freshman Jamie Fuente’s play
last weekend. She said Fuente was
solid on defense and good at the
plate. In one of the games, Fuente hit
a bases-loaded double to break open a
tie game.
As the freshman mature this fall
and winter, and as the injured players
return to top form, Revelle hopes the
Huskers will challenge for the Big 12
championship in the spring.
Last season, the Huskers finished
fourth in the conference and made it
to the regional finals of the NCCA
Tournament. The team returns 10
players, including All Big 12 and
NCCA Midwest Region first-team
players Jenny Smith, a catcher, pitch
er Jenny Voss, designated player
Christie McCoy and shortstop
Jennifer Lizama.
“We hope to use the fall season to
springboard into the winter training
and then into the spring season,”
Revelle said.
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NU adds
FOOTBALL from page 7
was really nobody left.”
That was the story for most of the
Nebraska’s inside running game
was effective, as Washington spread
its linebackers out to cover the option
Ironically, Nebraska didn’t run all
/' the new plays it had worked on in
practice. Frost said they didn’t use
any of the new passing plays.
NU offensive line*€nd kicking
coach Dan Young said the lrhe added
new blocking schemes to the trap
plays, making them a little different
each time they were run.
Other than that, Young said, the
Huskies difficulty was just plain
option football
“When you play an option team,
it takes a while to adjust,” Young said.
“It’s just a disadvantage.”
The biggest indicator of the suc
cess of NU’s offensive line was
Husky safety Tony Parrish finished
the came with a career-high 17 tack
ics lour more man ms previous career
best. The Huskers only threw the ball
15 times while completing just eight
Frost said the Washington
defense is typically hard to block
because they do a lot of changing
positions late in the snap count. He
said the 10 new plays is the most he
can remember the Huskers adding
for a regular season game.
For most regular-season games,
Nebraska will add a few new plays to
expose their opponents weaknesses
on defense.
“That was an unusually large
number,” he said. “For bowl games,
sometimes you add that many.”
Osborne said that the team had
worked on many of those plays in
preparing for their first two games
against Akron and Central Florida.
“We put that stuff in fall camp, we
were just able to hold it,” Osborne
That’s not to say Washington was
a perfect game for the Huskers.
Although they were victorious,
Osborne said they had meetings over
they things that went wrong in Husky
“We talked about the things we
did well, and talked a lot about the
things we didn’t do well,” he said.
“There’s a lot of things we need to
improve on. We set a series of goals
for everv name, and we came un
short of a lot of them on defense, and
quite a few on offense, and quite a
few in the kicking game.”
Runner Pauli
shoots high
PAULI from page 7
This year, I know I’m going to be
tired. I know how tough the competi
tion is going to be.
“But I’ve learned that you can’t
focus on that. You have to fo
yourself to do well.”
Pauli has shown signs of
improvement this season. In the
Woody Greenqjilvitational last
Saturday at Piofteers Park in Lincoln,
Pauli ended the race as NU’s No. 2
runner with a time of 18 minutes,
10.6 seconds in the 5,000-meter
course. Amy Wiseman finished first
for Nebraska. Overall, Wiseman
earned second place while Pauli
claimed the sixth-place spot.
Pauli followed a strict workout
routine this summer. By August,
Pauli was running 60 miles a week,
compared to 40 miles a week at that
point last year.
“Her biggest asset is her fierce
competitiveness,” NU Coach
Dirksen said. “She wants to be at the
top, and she is driven to get there. I
look for her to be one of the better
runners we’ve had here.” '