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Nebraska captures fourth title

2015 Division I Women’s Volleyball

The title marked the first national championship for Nebraska since 2006. The Cornhuskers have made the national semifinals 12 times since 1981 and are now 4-3 in NCAA championship games. JAMIE SCHWABEROW / NCAA PHOTOS

The Results

CHAMPIONSHIP

Nebraska 3, Texas 0

SEMIFINALS

Nebraska 3, Kansas 1

Texas 3, Minnesota 1

ELITE 90 HONOREE

Janae Hall, Kansas

The University of Nebraska, Lincoln dropped only four matches all season. One came at the hands of the University of Texas at Austin, but the Cornhuskers avenged that loss in the NCAA Championship final, defeating Texas in straight sets on Dec. 19. 

Nebraska won its fourth national championship in front of an NCAA-tournament record 17,561 fans, many of them decked out in the school’s signature scarlet red. The championship was contested in Omaha, Nebraska, less than an hour drive from the school’s campus.

After losing four matches in the season’s first two months, Nebraska rattled off 16 wins in a row en route to the championship, dropping only three sets in six NCAA tournament games. The success was fueled by a balanced attack: the Cornhuskers finished the season 10th in the nation in kills per set and 22nd in blocks per set.

Nebraska coach John Cook credits his team’s work ethic for the late-season surge.

“I can’t remember when we have had a bad practice and they haven’t come in and worked,” Cook said after defeating Texas for the national championship. “They have really embraced the journey.”