There are pros and cons to just about anything, positives and negatives, good and bad. Sometimes it’s how you look at the scenario and other times it is just the reality of the situation. When it comes to Nebraska volleyball’s nonconference schedule, the same holds true, so let’s dive into why that is.
This year, Nebraska is home for nine of its 10 nonconference games. The one away game on the schedule is actually in Omaha, at Creighton on Sept. 6, which I would technically still count as a home match since it is being played in the state of Nebraska. With that being said, here are the positives and negatives to having this kind of nonconference schedule:
- The Huskers hardly have to travel, which means it’s not as demanding as the typical nonconference schedule. Usually teams travel throughout the entire nonconference schedule, so when a team actually gets to its conference schedule it can already be exhausted from all of the traveling.
- The Huskers get to play in front of their home crowd, which is always a positive. (Husker Nation is the seventh woman!)
- Coach Cook said that “playing at home is more of a challenge for these girls because the pressure is on when they are at home and playing in front of over 8,000 fans.” Nebraska’s one-of-a-kind home court means the players still get to experience intense situations, even though they are at home.
- Without traveling to away matches, the youngers players won’t have any experience with this until Big Ten play starts, which could cause for some road blocks during conference play.
- It’s hard to find tough competition without traveling. There aren’t many good teams that want to come and play Nebraska in Lincoln.
Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives. The players will be better rested because they aren’t on the road as much, they will be able to play in front of their home crowd, which is always fun and exciting, and they still get decent competition without having to spend the time and energy traveling. So far the season is off to a decent start with one win and one loss from a pair of games against top-25 teams, but we will see how the rest of nonconference play goes and how well it prepares the Huskers for Big Ten play.
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Lauren joined Hail Varsity in 2017 as a contributing writer covering Nebraska Volleyball. Lauren played volleyball at UCLA in 2009 and then finished her collegiate volleyball career at the University of Nebraska from 2010-2012. After college, she played professional volleyball in Switzerland and Puerto Rico before making her way back to Lincoln. Lauren considers herself a wine connoisseur and a major “foodie” and she also loves to travel the world. Lauren and her husband, Jason, married in 2018.