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Thursday, September % 1999* Page 15
Huskers down Drake in three
■ Nebraska bounces back from its
two-loss opening weekend,
defeating the Bulldogs in under an
; hour and a halL
By Brandon Schulte
* The Nebraska volleyball team’s match against
Drake didn’t have the same heart-pounding excite
: ment as its first two matches, but unlike the first two
\ matches, this one gave the Comhuskers a notch in
; the win column.
NU earned its first win of the season by blanking
the Bulldogs 3-0(15-7, 15-7, 15-11). After starting
0-2 for the first time in school history, the Huskers
I Last year, if we
l would have
\ played a team
as good as
been out of
j here in a half
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f an hour
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hit .339 to depose of
Drake in less than an
hour and a half.
Terry Pettit saw posi
tives in his team’s
performance -even if
it wasn’t perfect.
“We did some
good things and
some not-so-good '*
things’- Pettit said.
“On the positive side,
we had time to play
Katie (Jahnke). The
tempo was different
from last weekend,
and there was some
sloppiness on our
Nil took control J
of the match right
from the start, jump
; img out to a 12-3 lead in the first game on its way to
r a 15-7 win.
\ ; The second game finished with the same score,
as Nebraska was aided by Drake errors. The
Bulldogs committed 27 errors on the night, 10 in the
| second game alone.
In the loss, Drake Coach Blaine Tendler was
s happy with the effort of his squad.
“The competitiveness was definitely there,”
Tendler said. “Last year, if we would have played a
team as good as Nebraska, we would have been out
l of here in a half an hour.”
DU kept the final game tight and was down 12
11 with Nancy Meendering serving. But the
j Huskers ran off three consecutive points culminat
* ing in a kill by Katie Janke.
The non-conference match gave NU time to use
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NEBRASKA SOPHOMORE Jenny Kropp (right) and junior middle blocker Katie Jahnke put both arms up
to block a spike from Drake. Nebraska beat Drake in a 3-0 sweep at the Coliseum, rebounding from
last weekend’s two losses. The Huskers’ record is now 1-2.
freshman Greichaly Cepero at setter in the third
game. She also played as an outside hitter, finishing
with 13 assists and five kills.
“She did a nice job,” Pettit said. “She fired a
couple of 31s (a long cross-court set). She really
hadn’t worked with the team as a setter.”
Though Nebraska used 13 players, competition
amongst teammates wasn’t the focus of the game,
middle blocker Jenny Kropp said. Not having a let
“There’s a lot of competition,” Kropp said.
“Regardless of that, we do a really good job getting
up for games.”
The game was a homecoming of sorts for
Bulldog setter Heather Harr, a graduate of Lincoln
Southeast High School.
She had 36 assists to lead both sides. And even in
the loss, Harr was still up 20 minutes after the match
“I was so excited to be able to come here to
Nebraska and play my senior year,” Harr said. “I’m
still on a high.”
Nebraska will next be in action this weekend at
the Florida SunTrust Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.
Adversity no match for NU
Suspensions and position controversies add fuel to Huskers’fire
Don't be surprised if die Nebraska
football team wins a national tide this
I know. I know. You’re saying,
‘What is this guy thinking? How can -
he be making a prediction like this
when there are so many uncertain
Call me fan boy if you like. But if
* you look at history, you may be call
ing me Nostradamus at the end of the
Here is my reasoning: NU has had
a key player suspended in Shevin
Wiggins, and there also has been con
troversy at the quarterback position.
It seems that Nebraska thrives on
adversity. If you look back to die three
national championships in 1994, ’95
and ’97, each year started with some
controversy and adversity.
Receivers Coach Ron Brown is a
big believer that adversity makes peo
ple stronger. When a whole team
faces adversity, it brings them closer
together. And when a team comes
closer together off the field, that can’t
help but carry over to the playing
“When something happens,
Coach Brown always stresses that we
can be die ball that bounces back or
be the paper that crumbles,” said
senior Will linebacker Eric Johnson.
“At Nebraska, we strive to be the ball
that bounces back.”
The Comhuskers bounced back
when Lawrence Phillips was suspend
ed in 1995. Other running backs
stepped up and filled in until he was
Look for a similar occurrence at
wingback this year, although it is not
known whether Wiggins will be rein
stated or not. Wiggins will be missed
- don’t get me wrong - but there is
talent at that spot. Sean Applegate,
Jon Gibson and Wilson Thomas just
don’t have the same game experience.
Thomas, however, showed what
he could do in die last scrimmage
catching a long bomb.
The Wiggins situation has all but
been swept underneath the carpet as
the quarterback controversy took cen
ter stage. -
The battle between Eric Crouch
and Bobby Newcombe is settled for
now, but I don’t think we’ve seen the
last of it.
The quarterback situation paral
lels 1997 when Scott Frost and
Frankie London were steeped in con-1
troversy or 1994 and 1995 when
Brook Berringer and Tommie Frazier
Every time die media tries to
drive a stake between players, or cast
a bad image over the NU program, it
seems to bond the team closer togeth
And this increased unity can
sometimes be the difference between
completing a crucial fourth down and
When everyone on the team is on
the same page and has extra motiva
tion to prove critics wrong, teams can
be very hard to beat.
I think you will find NU is hungry
and will be hard to beat this season.
Darren Ivy is a senior news-edi
torial major and Daily Nebraskan
senior staff writer.
By Darren Ivy
Senior staff writer
If you step into the shoes of senior
Will linebacker Eric Johnson, you bet
ter be prepared to take on many roles.
To his coach, Frank Solich, Johnson
is a “tremendous” player, who provides
enthusiasm and leadership for the
To redshirt freshman linebacker
Randy Stella, Johnson is a teacher and
player to look up to.
To senior linebacker Tony Ortiz, he
is a fraternity brother and good friend.
The list goes on, but no matter who
was asked, they all had positive things
to say about the former Proposition-48
player from Phoenix, Ariz.
“He has a great heart and enjoys
doing things for people in the commu
nity,” said Solich, who once considered
using Johnson as a running back. “He
plays many roles and does them all
Johnson’s role as a football player is
well documented. He is often-regarded
as one of the best athletes on the team - '*
holding five position records.
As a junior, he started all the games,
recording seven sacks and 70 total tack
les. But his roles off the playing field
are less known.
When Johnson came to Lincoln in
1995 as a freshman, he feared that he
would be picked on.
“I was scared it would be a cold, cut
throat place,” said Johnson, a fifth-year
senior. “As a high school student, you
watch movies like ‘The Program’ and
think it is going to be like that.”
But he got a pleasant surprise when
he arrived on campus.
Tony Veland, Mike Minter, Michael
Please see JOHNSON on 16
By John Gaskins
There are plenty of things the
Nebraska coaching staffers know
about Iowa that will have them licking
their chops for Saturday.
To start, the Hawkeyes are coming
off a 3-8 season in which they lost their
last five games and ranked dead last in
the Big 10 conference in both total
offense and total defense.
To boot, the experienced
Comhusker coaching staff, mostly
assembled of coaches who have been
here for more than 10 years, will go up
against a recently assembled Hawkeye
staff under tjie guidance of fust-year
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
But the fact that the Hawkeyes
have a new coaching staff may be the
one thing that will keep Husker coach
es’ chops dry. Both Nebraska’s offen
sive and defensive coaching staffs
Please see FERENTZ on 16
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