Facing injuries, a schedule that looked more like a top 25 ballot form and with a young team, there were a lot of excuses that could have been made by the Nebraska softball team last year.
But it never happened.
Nebraska failed to recover from a slow start to the season, and finished the year 24-29. And while there were a lot of bad breaks and details that did not go the Big Red’s way, coach Rhonda Revelle and her squad owned up to the issues that plagued the 2017 campaign.
In fact, that mindset of owning your destiny and focusing on what could be changed, instead of what went wrong, was extremely obvious on day one of fall camp. Revelle herself talked about reinventing and trying to start over fresh after last season, and senior-to-be Kaylan Jablonski took it to the next level.
I danced around the question, but had to get it out before the interview was over: “How do you put last year behind you, and focus on getting Nebraska back to prominence in 2018?” Jablonski thought for a second, smiled, and picked up steam as her answer rolled on…
“It’s not like we’re going to brush it under the rug and it doesn’t matter. This is going to fuel us, even those that weren’t here. We made it known that’s never going to happen again here. We have one goal as a team, to do it, to be on that Hall of Fame field and do what Oklahoma did last year and the year before. I think that is just fuel to the fire.
Don’t let it overwhelm us, don’t let it consume us about what happened. Just let it motivate us. We’re going to move on from it, but we’re going to use it as That’s a really bad taste in our mouths and it’s not happening again.”
– Kaylan Jablonski
NU Senior Pitcher
The fall season is over now, and the Huskers gave the home fans and the gathered media a glimpse of what the spring could look like. It never hurts to add the top juco pitcher, a second-team high school All-American and a key contributor who missed last year due to a torn ACL. Especially when those last two are sisters.
So two things are for certain heading toward February: The Nebraska softball team will be a new-look squad, but also one with lofty goals about what the program is capable of.
– Compiled by Pat Radigan