One of the stand out features of this year's Maverick Volleyball team is youth. All but two of the team's 13 players are sophomore or freshman. So as expected most of the season will be devoted to development.
UNO's only home series of 2012 was set up to be the year's premier event. The Mavs had the chance to play in front of the home crowd at the new Werner Park, and the seniors were being honored in between games of a double header.
After a stretch that saw the Mavs win only three of ten games, the chances for success at No. 2 North Dakota looked bleak. Since the two teams last played in mid-November, the Mavs and Fighting Sioux had been moving in opposite directions.
Coming into the weekend the goal for the UNO hockey team was simple - earn two points and grab home ice for the WCHA playoffs.
The sport of hockey was built upon the frozen lakes and ponds of the Canadian countryside in the late 19th century. Canadians, searching for an identity to define their new nation, latched on to a primitive form of lacrosse played by the native peoples of their land.
The game eventually evolved into hockey, and gave Canadians something that was uniquely theirs. It was a game meant to capture the harsh realities of settling on the frozen landscape of a new and untamed land.