“Job’s Not Finished”: Nebraska Huskers Directly Set Sights on the NCAA Volleyball Championship After Crushing Pittsburgh With a Clean Sweep

Published 12/15/2023, 12:21 AM EST

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The Nebraska Huskers continued their march and eliminated the highly skilled team of Pittsburgh Panthers from the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. The Panthers had made their way to the semifinals after winning the ACC title but were sent back home the third consecutive time with a final-four defeat.

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The stands and the volleyball court erupted with joy when the whistle for Nebraska’s match point was blown. But, a social media post showcased that the Nebraska Huskers are still in business mode. The Huskers radiated the same vibe with their words as late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

No stopping before the final win for the Nebraska Huskers

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Nebraska Volleyball tweeted a video of the match-winning shot that secured the spot in the finals for its women’s team. The tweet carried the caption, “JOB’S NOT FINISHED. YOUR HUSKERS ARE HEADED TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.” The same words were said by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in 2009.

Interviewers asked Bryant why he still had his game face on, despite having a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. The Black Mamba responded by saying that the job was still not finished till he won the championship. Following through with this resolve, Bryant and the Lakers lifted the NBA trophy by beating the Orlando Magic by 4-1. 

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The Nebraska Huskers are right on track with the Mamba Mentality, despite winning their match against Pittsburgh via a clean sweep. The Panthers tried their best to spear through the defense of the Huskers on the back of Olivia Babcock, but Nebraska’s bastion held strong. The Huskers limited Babcock to just 12 kills in the giant semifinal match.

The dismantling of the Panthers offense for the win

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The Nebraska Huskers put on a dazzling defensive show led by Lexi Rodriguez. The 3x All-American secured 14 digs for her team. Moreover, the Huskers’ rotation blocked 15 shots by the Panthers. This heavily affected the attacking efficiency of Pittsburgh.

While the hit rate dropped to 0.137 percent for the entire team, even Babcock could only manage a hit rate of 0.148 percent. Moreover, freshman Harper Murray of the Nebraska Huskers outclassed the Pittsburgh star and overtook her with 13 kills.

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Now, as the Nebraska Huskers head into the finals, they will face the 2022 defending champions, the Texas Longhorns. While this will come as a relief to several Huskers fans, the Longhorns will be one great hurdle to surpass. As the Big Ten and Big Twelve Champs clash, will Nebraska end its title drought since 2017, or will Texas retain its status as the champion?

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Ankit Singh

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I am an avid sports enthusiast who always seeks the adrenaline that comes with fast-paced action in anything and everything. Being an active sportsperson in school who played many different sports, I have always loved having multiple options. At Essentially Sports, I bring my kick for adrenaline and my taste for variety as I write about various avenues of Olympics sports.
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