I have previously blogged about “The Incredible,” otherwise known as Cecilia Hall, from far away Sweden, who plays for Nebraska’s volleyball team while achieving Big Ten academic honors studying biochemistry. On Wednesday evening, Joan and I watched, with 8,281 other fans, as Ms. Hall blocked 11 shots (a huge number and a career high) against Illinois, a team that fielded a six-foot six outside hitter. The Omaha World-Herald account of the match carried this headline, Huskers put up a wall with Hall.
Ms. Hall’s performance was special. What made the performance especially memorable is that her parent from Sweden were able to attend the match and watch their daughter amaze. It was the first time they had seen her play for the Huskers. It was special night for a special young woman. For a time, I was able to forget about sending people to prison.