Huskers take down Penn State
Date: Dec. 14, 1996
Result: No. 4 Nebraska def. No. 3 Penn State 15-12, 8-15, 15-13, 9-15, 20-18
Of note: The match was described as two terriers pulling on a rag, with neither wanting to let go. The prize was a trip to the NCAA Final Four. NU won in dramatic fashion with a comeback from an 11-5 deficit in the final set. Megan Korver, a Norris graduate and transfer from George Washington, had the Huskers’ final three kills.
Worth quoting: “It was one of the most interesting and amazing matches I’ve ever been a part of,” Nebraska coach Terry Pettit said.
NU rallies to beat John Cook’s Badgers
Date: Dec. 12, 1998
Result: No. 3 Nebraska def. No. 8 Wisconsin 12-15, 18-16, 9-15, 15-10, 15-10
Of note: The Huskers, buoyed by a home crowd that roared at deafening levels, made one incredible comeback just to win set two, then made another to come from two sets to one down. The win prevented Wisconsin from making the NCAA Final Four in its home city. The match ended up being the final one with John Cook as Wisconsin head coach. He returned to coach at Nebraska the next season.
Worth quoting: “I was happy as heck for us, but at the same time I was as sad as I could be for Wisconsin. They’re like a sister program to us,” Pettit said.
Perfect season still alive
Date: Dec. 2, 2000
Result: No. 1 Nebraska def. unranked South Carolina 15-11, 9-15, 13-15, 15-12, 15-13
Of note: Twice within three points of seeing their national championship hopes dashed, the Huskers scrambled back to win. Nebraska finished the season an unbeaten national champion.
Worth quoting: “This opens our eyes. They gave us a run for our money,” Kim Behrends said.
Players make short trip home as national champs
Date: Dec. 17, 2006
Of note: The day after Nebraska won the program’s third national championship with a win against Stanford in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 17,209 in Omaha, the Huskers returned for a welcome-home celebration with 1,000 or so fans at the Coliseum.
Worth quoting: "Here's my idol, coming down to hug me,” said Dani Busboom, telling a story of how she met up with Allison Weston following the title match.
Another No. 1 goes down at the Coliseum
Date: Oct. 28, 2012
Result: No. 4 Nebraska def. No. 1 Penn State 12-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10.
Of note: Another memorable afternoon in the final season of play at the Coliseum, as Nebraska beat the top-ranked team for the second time this year. Earlier, the Huskers took down preseason No. 1 UCLA.
Worth quoting: “I'm just so happy for our team for staying with it and believing and fighting,” Cook said.