Nebraska won the Great Lakes Collegiate Challenge with a 3-0 record
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Huskers Power Past Tournament Field

By NU Athletic Communications

Chicago, Ill. - The Nebraska volleyball team finished its spring trip to Chicago with an undefeated run through the Great Lakes Collegiate Challenge on Saturday afternoon.

"We had a great week in Chicago," Head Coach John Cook said. " The opportunity to train in the mornings and experience Chicago in the afternoons and evenings was special for our new staff and our 2011 team."

The Huskers opened Saturday with a 2-0 sweep of Toledo behind solid play from sophomore Hayley Thramer, who was seeing her first competitive action since last spring. Thramer missed the 2010 season while recovering from a shoulder injury she suffered during 2010 spring drills.

Nebraska then moved on to face future Big Ten foe Wisconsin, who had taken down Louisville in the first round. The Huskers made quick work of the Badgers with another 2-0 win.

The championship game featured another match-up with a Big Ten program in Michigan State. The Spartans were unable to halt the Huskers' run as NU stayed perfect on the day with a third 2-0 win.

"To end the week by winning the tournament was a reflection of the hard work our team has put in here," Cook said. "Our team is committed to using the spring as a time to establish our roles, improve, and learn how to compete!"

The Huskers will now turn their attention towards their April 9 meeting with Wichita State in Grand Island at the Heartland Events Center. Tickets are currently on sale thru Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Event Center Box Office. All tickets are reserved at $12 and $10. Courtside seats are available for $25 and there is a business package that consists of 4 courtside and 6 reserved for $400.

There will be a handling charge on all tickets purchased from Ticketmaster and also for tickets purchased at the Heartland Box Office. No tickets will be sold thru the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

The Huskers also have another spring match with Iowa State at the NU Coliseum on Saturday, April 16. Both reserved and general admission tickets are currently on sale at, by calling the NU Ticket Office at 800-8BIGRED or by visiting the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office in person weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Reserved tickets are $10 with GA tickets set at $8. All currently enrolled UNL students are eligible to receive one free ticket to the spring match, but must secure a ticket in advance either online at, by phone at 472-3111 or in person at the Athletic Ticket Office located just west of Memorial Stadium, while supplies last.


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