"We’re Going to Have to Make Plays When it Matters:” Huskers' Cook Looking for Better Execution in Crunch Time

Nov. 22, 2021, noon ·

John Cook talks with the media. He wears a black t-shirt and stands in front of a black podium with a red backdrop
John Cook speaks with the media during the final week of regular season volleyball for the Huskers. (Photo from YouTube screenshot)

Nebraska Volleyball wraps up its regular season this week on the road, challenging two top-ten ranked teams. On Friday, they’ll have a rematch with the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers and Huskers are tied atop the Big Ten Conference standings with Wisconsin winning the first matchup.

Head Volleyball Coach John Cook said competition in the Big Ten is fierce and the Huskers’ previous matchup with Wisconsin was no different.

“You know we were right there and you watch, yesterday, Minnesota and Wisconsin and it came [down to] three deuce-games,” Cook said. “I mean, that’s what it is, that’s what it comes down to, win three games by two points. That’s what we’re going to have to do better, we’re going to have to make plays when it matters.”

On Saturday, Nebraska plays the sixth-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, as both teams put a bow on their national tournament resumes. The Huskers won the first match in late October, three sets to one. The selection show for the NCAA tournament is Sunday, and tournament play begins next Thursday, December 2nd.