Game Day: Penn State vs. Nebraska

 

It’s game day (match day?), and it truly is historic — the first match for Nebraska as a member of the Big Ten. Based on a non-scientific survey of  Nebraska fans and Penn State fans, we think Nebraska is the favorite to heavy-favorite for this match, though there is a groundswell of opinion that believes the Penn State fans are sandbagging and this match is a toss-up.  

Our logical brain picks Nebraska — the Huskers are a talented team with a great coach, playing at home in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, and even though both teams have issues to resolve, it seems to our logical brain that Nebraska has fewer of them.  Admittedly, this conclusion may be more a reflection of our greater (much greater) exposure to the trials and tribulations of this year’s Penn State team, than to any careful analysis of how Nebraska has fared this season (in this case, we opted for “why be burdened by the facts?”).  Nonetheless, if we had to pick a winner, we’d reluctantly pick Nebraska.  

Our irrationally exhuberant brain, on the other hand, holds out hope for Penn State.  That part of the brain is a fan, and loses all sense of perspective at times like this.  So, Go Nittany Lions!

We do think this will be a great match, and both teams will learn alot about themselves.  We’re looking forward to it. 

Below are the NCAA stats for both teams, their rosters, and a video press conference from John Cook: 

Penn State 

 

Penn St. (7-3)
Women’s Volleyball National Ranking Summary
Thru Games

 

2011 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Scott, Ariel

MHSo.6-4RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Kabbes, Katie OHSr.6-4RaleighNorth Carolina
4Gonzalez, DominiqueDSFr.5-6San AntonioTexas
5Carpenter, Kristin S/DSJr.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Martin, MaddieOHSo.6-2TampaFlorida
7Grant, NiaOHFr.6-2WarrenOhio
8Denny, Erica
MHFr. (RS)6-5CentennialColorado
10Racibarskas, Marika SJr.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Dorton, Darcy

OHSo. (RS)6-2MuncieIndiana
12Hancock, MichaSFr.5-11EdmondOklahoma
13Shifflett, Megan DS/SSr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Whitney, AiyanaOHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
15Harding, MaggieDSFr. (RS)5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Slay, Katie
MHSo.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18McClendon, Deja

OHSo.6-1LouisvilleKentucky
23Longo, AliDSSo.5-6ChatfieldColorado
33Fuller, LaceyDSFr.5-6San DiegoCalifornia

Nebraska


 

 

Nebraska (7-1)
Women’s Volleyball National Ranking Summary
Thru Games

 
 
 
 
 
 

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No.  
Name  
Pos.  
Ht.  
Yr.  

Hometown (Prev School)

1

Dykstra, Lara L

5-10

Fr. Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union)

2

Cook, Lauren S

5-8

Jr. Lincoln, Neb. (UCLA) (Pius X)

3

Root, Brigette S

5-11

Sr. Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)

4

Winkelmann, Shelby DS

5-9

Fr. Rhineland, Mo. (Hermann)

5

Hubl, Paige DS

5-6

Jr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)

6

Wilberger, Jordan MB

6-1

Sr. Scottsbluff, Neb. (Scottsbluff)

7

Mancuso, Gina OH

6-1

Jr. Omaha, Neb. (Papillion-LaVista)

8

Delano, Brooke MB

6-4

Sr. Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue West)

9

Hall, Cecilia MB

6-3

Fr. Linkoping, Sweden (Allebergsgymnasiet)

10

Ostrander, Alicia OH

6-3

Fr. Gordon, Neb. (Gordon-Rushville)

12

Broekhuis, Morgan RS

6-5

So. Colorado Springs, Colo. (Colorado Springs Christian)

16

McNeal, Allison MB

6-3

Jr. Schulenburg, Texas (Schulenburg)

17

Thramer, Hayley MB

6-2

So. Ewing, Neb. (Ewing)

43

Simpson, Taylor OH

6-3

Fr. Colorado Springs, Colo. (Doherty)

44

Werth, Hannah OH

6-1

Jr. Springfield, Ill. (Glenwood)