As NCAA Volleyball Tournament approaches, Cook still unsure of logistics

John Cook
John Cook
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 11:47 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 2:10 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The 48-team NCAA Volleyball Tournament begins next week and Hall of Fame head coach John Cook isn’t sure what to expect for his team. Cook expressed his concern on Thursday over several tournament logistics, including locker rooms, practice court availability, and meeting space. The tournament is scheduled to be held inside the convention center at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. All teams will play inside the facility with first-round matches starting on Tuesday.

“Its going to be really interesting how this is all pulled off,” Cook said. “Having a locker room, having a white board, having bathrooms, where do they change...How is that going to work?”

Cook suggests that the tournament should’ve utilized various locations across the Omaha area like Baxter Arena and DJ Sokol Arena, in addition to utilizing Nebraska’s facilities.

“That is a lot nicer of an NCAA Tournament because those are three great facilities than the setup they have now,” Cook said.

Cook’s Huskers are scheduled to play the winner of Texas State and Utah Valley on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Nebraska enters the tournament as the #5 seed with a 14-2 record. The Huskers opening match at the NCAA Tournament will end an 18-day layoff after Nebraska’s season-finale series with Penn State was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

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