The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 09, 1999, Page 11, Image 11

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    Behrends finds role in NU attack
BEHRENDS from page 9
affects me, but I know how to get rid
of it.
“When I was younger, I’d just
keep it on my shoulders. And keep it,
and keep it. And it just kept building
up, building up. And then, finally, I
was like... (makes a noise with her
lips). So, I think I handle it a lot bet
Behrends’ mental happiness pro
gressed, she said, when she finally
started telling people about her frus
trations. She got good therapy from
many of her teammates, including fel
low western Nebraska native Oxley,
who Behrends said is like a sister to
The two go as far back as seventh
grade, when they played together on
an Ogallala spring club team, which
Behrends’ father coached.
Oxley remembers how Behrends
drove 45 miles to Ogallala twice a
week to play on the team, and the
impact she made in the gym physical
“We’d always look up to her,”
Oxley said. “Since seventh grade, it
seems like she’s been six feet tall. She
always brought that kind of presence.
She’s very intimidating.”
The two kept in touch and fol
lowed each other throughout high
school and both ended up playing for
Nebraska. Oxley said they’re proud
they made it in major college volley
“Every girl out West dreams of
becoming a Husker,” Oxley said.
“People don’t think small towns can
provide the resources (to make you
But while Oxley gave up her red
shirt eligibility to become the Big 12
freshman of the year, Behrends saw
limited playing time. Behrends’
sophomore year wasn’t much differ
ent, and she hated it.
Behrends was bottling up her
emotions, she said. But she was also
bottling up the dangerous power that
was always stored in her right arm.
And finally, after a long iind
bumpy road, Behrends is getting play
ing time and unleashing that power.
She still competes with Oxley and
senior Mandy Monson for the left
side spot and still does not start or get
the press they do.
But unlike before, she’s happy.
Bubbly. Why? Because she has a role
on the team that Pettit considers price
“I think Behrends is just a great
middle-game to end-game player,”
Pettit said. “When you’ve been out
there for an hour-and-a-half, and bod
ies are laying all over the place, she
comes in. The best metaphor is the
fast ball relief pitcher in baseball -
somebody that just comes in and is
throwing the ball five miles per hour
faster than the person she replaced.”
And Behrends, much unlike her
first two years, is enjoying the role
Pettit has given her.
“In that Penn State game, I tipped
a ball, and he yelled at me,” Behrends
said. “He told me to kill every ball that
comes at me. That’s my role. I like try
ing to hit someone - knock them
And going down with her oppo
nents are those player-of-the-year
demons that haunted her. Finally.
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