A UEFA Champions League scenario, the vibrations of a FIFA World Cup final, the enthusiasm of an NBA match. Yet we have witnessed none of this. The sporting event which attracted more than 92,000 people sees NCAA women's volleyball as the undisputed queen.
It is known that sporting competitions on US field are renowned for their success and popularity, thanks to significant media coverage and ingenious marketing strategies. But this time something incredible happened, as Americans, great fans of football and basketball, made room in their hearts for women's volleyball. And they did it in the state of Nebraska, now known not only for its vast cornfields, but also for our beloved playground.
Last Wednesday was nothing short of a record-breaking evening at packed Memorial Stadium as Nebraska hosted Omaha in an outdoor volleyball game. The attendance of 92,003 people set the record for the largest crowd to attend a women's sporting event in the United States…and the world!The stadium, home of Nebraska football for 100 years, has become the symbol of volleyball thanks also to the viral images we find
on social media these days. The pre-game announcement sanctioned something new, a new beginning: "Welcome to Memorial Stadium. Home of Nebraska volleyball."
Nebraska prevailed in all three sets: 25-14, 25-14, 25-13. The Huskers, as their players are called, imposed themselves with excellent percentages and a well-organized defence, as can be seen from the low percentages of their opponents (-.080). The Huskers are famous for their fundamental blocking qualities, and this time too they did not disappoint expectations. In just three sets they recorded 7-point blocks and forced Omaha into 25 attacking errors.