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Along with those five freshmen on the Nebraska volleyball team, fans will notice a new court when they arrive for Saturday’s Red-White Scrimmage.
The fancy new Gerflor sports floor is like the one used in the Olympics. And while other colleges play on volleyball-specific surfaces, Nebraska joins Hawaii as the only college programs playing on this top-of-the-line vinyl product.
Currently the court at the NU Coliseum is wood and designed for basketball. Gerflor is padded, durable and designed for the large number of times players jump and go to the floor during a volleyball match.
The new playing surface becomes another reason why Nebraska is a hard place for volleyball recruits to turn down.
“It’s here and it’s beautiful and the best playing surface you can play on in the world,” NU coach John Cook said.
The NU Coliseum, where the Huskers practice and play home matches, also is used for campus recreation programs, so the Gerflor will be rolled out on top of the basketball court before matches to create a specific look and feel for volleyball.
The court will be used when the volleyball program moves its home to the Devaney Sports Center full time in 2014. Nebraska also will be able to use the court during its home match at the Devaney Center next month, and in matches elsewhere in the state, saving the athletic department money on renting a court. It also will cut down on the cost to maintain the wood floors at the Coliseum.
The finish of the inside of the court is a familiar wood grain, but the outside now has a larger surface in red.
It’s another one of the “new” things about the program this fall — those five freshmen included — as the preseason fifth-ranked Huskers prepare for life in a new conference.
“We’re going to have a big ‘Nebraska’ across the back in white, so it’s going to pop,” Cook said. “It’s going to look unbelievable on TV and in high definition.”