Defensively, the Aztecs are a cohesive, athletic unit of five players working as one. They boast impressive size, with four starters standing at 6'7" or taller, and they extend their pressure to the three-point line, communicate and move help to the ball extremely well.
The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played.
Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
The Huskers responded with a season and the program's second national championship. The Huskers went following their international trip and capped the national title with a victory over Stanford in front of 17, fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Huskers Ranked No. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top final rankings since Since taking over the program in , Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading.
He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in and , and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in and , his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era present.