Fischer-Sasse Resolution Celebrates Husker Volleyball Players, Coaches, and Staff
Click here to view video of Fischer and Sasse speaking on the Senate floor Thursday.
OffWASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution congratulating the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Women’s Volleyball team on winning the 2017 NCAA Division I Championship. Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse introduced the resolution and spoke on the Senate floor congratulating the team.
Senator Fischer released the following statement:
“Congratulations to our Big Red national champions, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women’s Volleyball Team. These athletes are a talented and amazing group of young women, and I’m honored to celebrate their inspiring accomplishments in the U.S. Senate. To all the players, coaches, and team staff thank you for bringing great joy and pride to the state of Nebraska.”
Senator Sasse released the following statement:
“Heckuva ‘rebuilding’ year! This team came to fight and they didn’t just win their second National Championship in three years – they firmly established Nebraska as the nation’s dominant volleyball state. Coach Cook is already a legend. Melissa and I – and our kids who are still bleary eyed from the middle-of-the-night drive from Kansas City – couldn’t be prouder. Go Big Red!”
The Fischer-Sasse resolution requests that the Secretary of the Senate prepare official copies of the resolution for presentation to the president of the University of Nebraska, UNL’s athletic director, and the head coach of the UNL volleyball team.
The full text of the resolution is below.
Title: Congratulating the University of Nebraska-Lincoln volleyball team for winning the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Volleyball Championship.
Whereas, on December 16, 2017, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers won the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (referred to in this preamble as the “NCAA”) Division I Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri in an overwhelming victory over the University of Florida by a score of 25 to 22, 25 to 17, 18 to 25, and 25 to 16;
Whereas the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has won 5 NCAA volleyball championships;
Whereas the Cornhuskers ended their championship season with a 19-match winning streak and finished the year with a record of 32 wins and 4 losses;
Whereas each member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln volleyball team, including Annika Albrecht, Hunter Atherton, Hayley Densberger, Mikaela Foecke, Allie Havers, Briana Holman, Kelly Hunter, Kenzie Maloney, Chesney McClellan, Sami Slaughter, Lauren Stivrins, Jazz Sweet, Anezka Szabo, and Sydney Townsend, contributed to that outstanding victory;
Whereas head coach John Cook, assistant coach Tyler Hildebrand, assistant coach Kayla Banwarth, volunteer assistant coach Ryan Coomes, director of operations Lindsay Peterson, video coordinator Kelly O’Connor, and graduate managers Joe Klein, John Henry, and Bre Mackie, guided that outstanding group of women to a national championship;
Whereas Mikaela Foecke and Kelly Hunter were named the co-Most Outstanding Players of the 2017 NCAA Championship;
Whereas Kelly Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Year, becoming the first Nebraska player ever to earn that award;
Whereas Annika Albrecht, Mikaela Foecke, and Kelly Hunter were recognized as All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and Briana Holman received an honorable mention; and
Whereas an NCAA Tournament record-breaking crowd of 18,516 volleyball fans attended the championship game, reflecting the tremendous spirit and dedication of Nebraska fans supporting the Cornhuskers as the team won the national championship: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) congratulates the University of Nebraska-Lincoln volleyball team as the winner of the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Volleyball Championship;
(2) commends the University of Nebraska players, coaches, and staff for their hard work and dedication;
(3) recognizes the students, alumni, and loyal fans that supported the Cornhuskers on their journey to win another Division I Championship; and
(4) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate prepare an official copy of this resolution for presentation to—
(A) the president of the University of Nebraska;
(B) the athletic director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and
(C) the head coach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln volleyball team.
Click here to read the full text of the resolution.