Nebraska’s home-opening series against Northwestern has been suspended because of COVID-19 concerns within the Northwestern program. The Huskers were set to host the Wildcats on Friday and Saturday with both matches set for 6 p.m. on NET.
“We are disappointed for our fans that we won’t be able to play this weekend, but the health and safety of everyone in the Northwestern volleyball program is what’s most important, and we wish them all the best,” Coach John Cook said a release.
According to the release, the two programs mutually agreed to postpone the matches “out of an abundance of caution surrounding the health and safety of the participants,” and the two sides will work with the Big Ten to identify rescheduling options.
Nebraska opened the season at Indiana last week, sweeping the Hoosiers in both matches. Northwestern swept Rutgers in both matches of its season-opening back-to-back.
Previously, Penn State paused team activities following a positive test among Tier 1 personnel and the University of Michigan suspended all athletic competition for two weeks.
“I’ve been worried about this ever since I’ve been following football, following basketball and of course, I’ve been worried about volleyball,” Coach John Cook said earlier this week. “That’s why we’re in the mindset of just taking it one day at a time. I’m very concerned about it and if it gets really bad, and of course what the University of Michigan just did shutting down with worrying about this new variation of the virus, it can go like wildfire throughout the Big Ten …
“But we were at Indiana and they did a great job of testing us. They’re doing testing here every day. So much is out of your control. You can do everything right, which we’re trying to do and I think our players have done a pretty good job, so you’ve just got to keep your fingers crossed.”
The Huskers are scheduled to play a two-game series at home against Maryland next Friday and Saturday.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.