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    Buffs come to Lincoln on a roll
■Huskers play at home, but
instead of the Coliseum, they'll
play at the Devaney Center.
BRIAN CHRBTOPHERSON
The Nebraska Volleyball
team is going out on a limb this
weekend, taking one on the chin
for the sake of its fans.
The Cornhuskers have
agreed to play Colorado away
from the friendly confines of the
NU Coliseum this Saturday and
take on the Buffs in unfamiliar
territory.
The Huskers will pack the
equipment and move from 14th
and Vine to the Bob Devaney
Sports Center on 17th and Court
streets for the 7:30 p.m. match.
Hie extra fans that pack the
Devaney Center will be appreci
ated, but Cook said the new set
ting could take away from the
home-court advantage that NU
maintains at the Coliseum.
“It presents issues for us in
that it’s at the Devaney, and we
really don’t get to practice in
there," Cook said. “It’s kind of a
different environment than
what we are used to at the
Coliseum, but it’s a match we
need to take care of.”
Nebraska had no problem
taking care of Colorado earlier
in the year, sweeping the Buffs
in Boulder.
However, CU comes into
Lincoln on a roll, routing its last
two opponents, including a
whipping of No. 21 Texas A&M
on Wednesday night. The win
upped the Buffs record to 10-9
overall, 6-6 in conference, and
provided a jolt of confidence to
both players and coaches.
“I think the effort we put in
tonight can win against
Nebraska,” Colorado Coach Pi’i
Aiu said following the A&M win.
CU freshman outside hitter
Sara Villwock, who pounded
down 21 career-high kills
against A&M, said the Buffs
won’t hurt themselves in the
rematch with NU.
“If we lose at Nebraska, it will
be because they beat us, not
because we beat ourselves with
errors,” Villwock said.
Cook said CU could indeed
“If we lose at Nebraska, it will be because they
beat us, not because we beat ourselves with
errors,’
Sara Villwock
'CU freshman outside hitter
be an obstacle. NU’s conference
romp thus far suggests other
wise.
Big 12 teams have had trou
ble even taking a game from NU,
let alone a match. Nebraska has
only lost two games in confer
ence play.
“I think we will get chal
lenged,” Cook said. “However,
we are going to make sure as a
coaching staff to challenge this
team to be prepared for whatev
er we face.”
It also will give more
Nebraska volleyball fans the
opportunity to see the 22-0
Huskers, making not playing at
the Coliseum bearable.
“The trade-off is worth it
because it provides the oppor
tunity for high-school kids to
come and see us because of
their high-school season and
because it's hard to get tickets,”
Cook said. “I know a lot of
schools and towns are coming
in from all over the place for that
match."
Anywhere from 7,000 to
11,000 fans are expected to fill
the Devaney Center.
Cook hopes the large-crowd
atmosphere will serve as a
warm-up for bigger Nebraska
matches down the road, in par
ticular, a hopeful Final Four trip
to Richmond, Va.
“The Final Four will be
played in a bigger arena in front
of a lot of people, so we’re going
to sell it to the team as kind of a
Final Four atmosphere," Cook
said.
Senior moves to next round in tourney
■Three others fall in the
women's tennis regional
championships in Omaha.
BYVHCEKUPPIG
Ndali Ijomah is leading the
way for the Nebraska women's
tennis team at the ITA Central
Regional Championships in
Omaha.
Ijomah, a senior, blew by
Oklahoma State’s Ashleigh
Dolman in Thursday's first
round of the singles main draw,
winning 6-3,6-0.
With the win, Ijomah
advances to the round of 32. She
now faces lS^-seeded Monica
Sekulov of Kahsas today at 2:30
p.m.
Nebraska’s three other com
petitors, juniors Katarina Balan
and Amy Frisch and freshman
Leslie Harvey, fell to seeded
players in the first round of the
singles main draw.
The singles main draw con
sists of the top 64 players from
26 schools around the region.
Balan, Frisch and Harvey
will each be competing in the
consolations today, starting at 8
a.nri
In doubles action, the duos
of Balan and freshman Rose
Ketmayura, Ijomah and Frisch,
and freshmen Leslie and
Rebecca Harvey competed late
Thursday night
The doubles team of Balan
Kansas in way of angry NU
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Jayfaawks in Lawrence last year
24-17 after it trailed 9-0 at the
half. Had NU not pulled off the
comeback it would have been
only the 12th time since 1962
NU had lost two in a row.
“I think they felt we kind of
stole one last year,” Vanden
Bosch said. “They really out
played us for most of die game.”
Similar ghosts haunt
Nebraska this year as in 1999.
Nebraska had lost to Texas 24-20
die week before the seven-point
win in Lawrence. NU is coming
off a 31-14 loss at Oklahoma this
week, its first lost to the Sooners
since 1990, when NU lost its
next game, the Citrus Bowl, to
Georgia Tech.
Coach Frank Solich said that
this team isn’t suffering a hang
over from the loss at Oklahoma
unlike last season before the
Kansas game.
“When we look back at the
Kansas game last year, in the
early part of the week it was a
struggle to get that team to prac
tice well,” Solich said. “They
were in a state they had trouble
getting themselves out of.”
That hasn’t been the case
this week, players and coaches
said. Nebraska realizes that the
world didn’t end after last week’s
“We didn't recover
from the Texas loss.
That's what we’ve
been really working
on this week,
getting our heads
back into it."
Kyle Vanden Bosch
•NU rush end
loss, unlike last year after the
loss in Austin.
"We didn’t recover from the
Texas loss,” Vanden Bosch said.
“That’s what we’ve been really
working on this week, getting
our heads back into it”
Kansas may need to do the
same; it suffered a 45-39 setback
to Texas Tech last weekend, its
most tightly contested loss of
the year.
A lot of KU’s offensive suc
cess in that game hinged on
quarterback Dylen Smith, a sen
ior who marked career highs in
completions and passing yards
against the Red Raiders. Smith
singed NU for 217 passing yards
and two TD’s last year.
Vanden Bosch and Solich
pointed him out as KU’s biggest
gun.
“He's dangerous,” Vanden
Bosch said. “He hurt us last year.
He scrambles really well and
runs draws really well, and those
are the things on defense that
we've struggled with all year
more than anything.”
Smith has been leading a KU
offense that has put up three
straight 400-yard games and
averaged 302 yards of total
offense those games.
“As most offenses do,” Solich
said, “it starts with the quarter
back. If you just look at our
game lastyear, you saw him do it
all”
Team aims for championship
RIFLE from page 10
season.
Now the Huskers, who fin
ished third in last year’s national
tournament, have their sights set
on challenging Alaska, the
nation’s top rifling squad.
And while Anthony said her
team has a ways to go, it won’t
backdown.
“We may not have experience
or depth yet to (beat Alaska),” she
said. “We’re still fairly young, but
that’s definitely who we’re after.”
Richards also shares her
coach’s confidence in the team.
"I’m very excited so far,” said
Richards, who is one of the four
original walk-ons from NU’s first
season.
“I think we’ll have ah awe
some season. This year we’ve had
the high goals. We’ve got some
more experience and some
younger shooters shooting well.”
One younger shooter who
has definitely stood out in this
young season is Brush, Colo.,
native, Amanda Thijillo.
In the Huskers' first meet,
Trujillo finished second in the
individual smallbore competi
tion, firing a 1,162.
In smallbore, shooters fire .22
caliber rifles placed 50 feet away,
from prone, kneeling and stand
ing positions. Smallbore’s perfect
match score is 1,200.
NU has performed well early
in smallbore and air rifle compe
titions.
Richards said the team’s suc
cessful early returns, and any
progress, lies with the rifle team’s
unity.
“Our team’s success is based
on the fact that we’re close,”
Richards said.
“I know it sounds corny, but
we can all depend on each other.”
and Ketmayura won their first
round match before falling to
the 8th seeded team from
Oklahoma of Melissa Mendieta
and Viviana Mracnova, 8-5.
The duos of Ijomah and
Frisch and the Harvey sisters
lost their first-round match.
Kansas is perfect
antidote to losses
KU from page 10
phases of the game, is no
pushover.
Just once again the poor
souls who catch NU in rehab -
very angry rehab. It has been 10
years since the Huskers have lost
back-to-back games - and that
was the most god-awful NU
squad this side of ’68.
That’s no fluke. This coach
ing staff knows how to wake its
players up after losses. They
don’t take them well, and they
don’t let losses happen the next
week.
“Anytime you are in a pro
gram where losses come spar
ingly, that they are non-existent
to a degree, then it is very diffi
cult to accept the loss and come
back off of it,” Coach Frank
Solich said.
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“Fortunately, we have
recruited the kind of players that
have great character. There
should be no lack of drive on our
end of it to get it done. We are not
worried about losses. We want to
win.”
Yes, Kansas runs a spread
offense that will be tough for the
Huskers to stop after OU burned
them. Yes, there are problems in
all three NU phases of the game.
Yes, KU has a chance.
But, face it Kansas: Now that
K-State has beaten NU after a 30
year drought, you’re the oldest
dog on Nebraska’s leash. And
you’re on a choke collar follow
ing Husker losses. You had your
chance last year.
Hangover done. Recovery
underway.
I’m a sucker for history.
Nebraska 37, Kansas 8.
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