Photo by Pat Radigan
Story by Becca Mann
After winning 31 times in 35 matches, Nebraska needs just one more victory to claim its second title in three years.
A win for Nebraska would be the fifth National Championship title in program history and the fourth under coach John Cook. A win for members of the 2015 team would mark the class’s second championship ring, which would be a first in Nebraska history.
A win for Florida would be the program’s first national title and first for coach Mary Wise. Wise led her 2003 squad to the final match but fell in four sets to USC. Not only would it make history for the team but also for Wise, who would be the first female coach to lead an NCAA national champion team.
Following a packed arena nearly full of red and white on Thursday night, Wise said the championship match would essentially be an away game for her team.
“What a cool atmosphere it’s going to be tomorrow night, and I love this,” Knop said ahead of the match. “I love that we’re going to be playing in front of 16,000 Nebraska fans and we’re going to have our little section of orange and blue that’s going to be cheering us on. That’s all we need.”