It’s rare that the Cornhuskers, a national power in volleyball, lose before the Sweet 16. But K-State was able to send them early. It was arguably the program’s biggest win – ever.
Coaches and players celebrated the victory in typical fashion, and enjoyed receiving positive notes and messages through social networking sites on the bus ride home. But one player was overwhelmed by it all.
By defeating Nebraska, junior libero Kuulei Kabalis earned a rare trip home to Hawaii.
On Friday, the Wildcats will try pull off another upset against on No. 15 Pepperdine in Hawaii. And for the first time since high school, Kabalis will get to play volleyball in front of family and friends.
She talked about all that and more before leaving Manhattan earlier this week.
What does it mean to you to be headed home for the Sweet 16?
I’m really excited. Getting the chance to play at home, it just brings tears to my eyes, because I never get an opportunity like this living on the main land so far away. It makes me so excited to know that my family will be there and people I know will be watching me play and doing something I love.