UNK volleyball breaks regular-season DII attendance record
KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska-Kearney volleyball promoted its Wednesday match against in-state NAIA program Peru State as ‘One Day for 4k,’ a tribute to its goal of breaking the Division II regular-season attendance record.
The number they had to beat was 3,888 fans inside the Health and Sports Center, a mark set by Alaska-Anchorage last November.
The Lopers drew in 4,003 fans to get the record back in Kearney.
“It means a lot,” UNK Athletic Director Marc Bauer said. “It’s an NCAA record and we want people to know how much volleyball means to us right here in central Nebraska and how good we really are. All in all, everybody I was running into was like, ‘Can we do it? Is there a real possibility of us breaking this record?’ And I’m like, ‘Sure there is.’”
For the program, it’s a valuable asset to see the support.
“We take a lot of pride in our volleyball fans here in Kearney, so we’re really proud of the fact that we can break a record and get a huge amount of people here at a local, smaller town game,” said Jensen Rowse, a Minden native.
“Unbelievable,” UNK volleyball coach Rick Squiers added. “Loper Nation, hats off to them for being competitive enough to say, ‘We want to be No. 1.’ And we are. The regular-season record is back in Kearney where it belongs.”
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