All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Saturday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his quick reaction to the Huskers losing to Stanford in the NCAA volleyball championship game.
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Here's a transcript from today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we check the pulse of Husker nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
And here's my gut reaction to Nebraska volleyball, the championship match versus Stanford, their season as a whole.
The thing that comes to my mind, the word that comes to my mind is just being proud. I'm just proud of this team, the way they fought, the way they fought through a difficult schedule, the way they fought through a tough stretch in the season, the way they fought back from being down 0-2 versus Illinois the other night to come back and win three straight matches.
This is a Stanford team that was heavily favored. When I talked to John Cook the other day he said they're the most talented team in the country. He said, now they've got the most pressure, but they've got three All-Americans, they've got the two-time player of the year. They are the most talented team. He said we're also the most improved team in the entire country.
Now coming into this match, you may or may not have known, these are the two winningest volleyball programs in the history of the NCAA. They're also the two programs with the most NCAA tournament wins in history. Also, including tonight, they've won four of your last five national championships.
Now, shoutout Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney — four straight final fours, two national championships, three national championship match appearances. Some of the — they're undoubtedly gonna go into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame. One of the best ever, shoutout to phenomenal careers.
John Cook, one of the best coaching jobs I've ever seen in my life, regardless of any sport, during this season. And again, Stanford was on a 31-match winning streak. They hadn't lost since September, the only loss they had, they squashed BYU in a revenge match in the Final Four.
This was great to watch. Stanford goes up, we come back, Stanford goes up, we come back. That final set comes right down to the very very end.
Now, the future is bright, ladies and gentlemen, we've got Lexi Sun, the number-one recruit in the entire country coming out of high school coming back. You've got Lauren Stivrins, who is somehow overlooked as a first-team All-American. You got Jazz Sweet, you got a six-foot-five middle blocker, a freshman, who set a record for most blocks by a freshman in Husker volleyball history this year.
I'm proud and the future is bright.
Go big red and always remember to throw the bones!
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