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Nebraska Volleyball Making History

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Nebraska volleyball lining up before there history making game

On August 30, the Nebraska Huskers set the stage for what is now recognized as the highest attendance in Women’s sports history. They broke the previous record of 91,648 and topped it by 355 for a new record of 92,003 giving a new outlook to the women’s sports community. 

Not only was history made in the audience, but on the court. This game took place in Memorial Stadium, making it the first ever volleyball game to take place in a football stadium. 

This Nebraska  team is a powerhouse program and one to look out for. This team is led by Merritt Beason, a junior who transferred from Florida and Lexi Rodrequiez Libero, who was named defensive player of the year in the 2021 season and captain last year of the 2022 season. This team is made up of 5 freshmen, 4 sophomores, and 5 juniors. 

With the stage lights set big, the 4th ranked team in the country Nebraska took on Omaha. In the stands were also former alumni of this Nebraska team that now look at these young ladies to inspire them. 

In this highly anticipated game, Nebraska took the win, 3-0. With the outdoor conditions taking a part in both sides of the ball it was a challenge for both of these teams. In the end, Nebraska maintained a solid lead throughout the game which led them to victory.

This game brought the community together. All around you saw the colors of red and white. In most cases football brings in the fans, but for this Nebraska family they look to this Nebraska volleyball team to bring them all together. As their coach, John Cook, soaked in this moment he made the remark “we did it.” This game gave a whole new meaning to the volleyball world upcoming women in sports today.

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Hailey Ragland, contributor
Hailey Ragland is a sophomore at Powhatan high school and is part of the class of 2026. This is her first year in journalism and is really looking forward to it. Outside of school, Hailey enjoys playing volleyball and hopes to attend a four year college and play volleyball. Hailey is an active member in the PHS community she is part of class council and SGA as well as taking part in many clubs. She feels the news is important because it is important people are informed about what is going on in the world around them.

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