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Adversity Prepares Huskers for NCAA Tourney

John Cook's formula for his team advancing in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament sounds simple enough.

Play Husker volleyball, and manage emotions.

Yet Cook, the veteran Nebraska coach, can point to the just-completed regular season as an example for why it's not that easy – especially for a team with no seniors.

"It's been challenging at times," Cook said.

Especially so, he said, with the type of adversity his team has faced, including the death of 22-year old graduate manager Dane Leclair and the leave of absence of teammate Capri Davis for health reasons.