John Cook reacts to Nebraska's wild 5-set victory over No. 1 Wisconsin
John Cook and Nebraska are primed to take over the No. 1 spot in the country, coming up with a wild win over current No. 1 Wisconsin Saturday night.
That match in Lincoln was hyped up as the “Game of the Century” in volleyball, and Cook admitted it lived up to the hype. Nebraska entered as the No. 2 team in the country to set the stage for an electric No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.
Overall, Cook praised his group of Huskers for the type of grit they demonstrated:
“Great volleyball match. I thought our team showed a lot of grit. I won’t use some of the adjectives I used for them on how tough they are, but you guys saw tonight, the whole country saw it,” said Cook. “This match was built up to be the game of the century and it turned out to be that way. We had a lot of opportunities to give that thing away and give up and fought all the way to the end and found a way.”
Asked about the makeup of his team, Cook admitted he has a young group but is proud of their response in the fifth and final set.
“We’re not very mature, but they’re fun. We don’t have any seniors so it’s a very young group, but these guys know how to compete. They love to compete,” Cook explained. “We got tight there in Game 4, and then Game 5 they turned up.”
“This match was built up to be the game of the century and it turned out to be that way.” 👏@HuskerVB head coach John Cook gives us his post game thoughts after taking down No. 1 Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/0NN8Ypjbg9
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Nebraska opened the match with a 25-22 win before falling behind with losses of 25-17 and 25-20. The fourth set was a 26-24 nail-biter in favor of the Huskers before they pulled a 15-13 win in the decisive game.
The win by Nebraska snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Badgers.