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Women’s Sports in the Headlines

Photo by Rachel Edwards

Nebraska College Volleyball Country Winning Game

The Nebraska College Volleyball team (University of Nebraska) had “The largest crowd ever to see a women’s sporting event in history.” according to the university website.

On Wednesday September 6th, the University of Nebraska hosted a volleyball match against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on the Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, sophomore middle blocker Bekka Allick said at a press conference before the Tuesday match. 

Nebraska lost the record for most people to see an NCAA regular volleyball match when Wisconsin played Florida last September. They got it back Wednesday opening the highest-capacity structure on campus and in the state. 

The Nebraska College Volleyball team is now ranked 4th in the country, by the American Volleyball coach’s association.  

 Coco Gauff’s grand slam U.S. open victory 

In Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, September 9th, we witnessed another historic first: Coco Gauff’s maiden Grand Slam title.  

At the U.S. Open at the age of  nineteen, Coco accomplished what so many folks figured Gauff would do at some point.  

With a stirring, three set, back-from-the-dead win that’s set the world’s biggest tennis stadium into a state of delirium. Open singles final, 2-6,6-3,6-2, over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. 

Gauff had the task of fighting off a red-hot start from Sabalenka, who dedicated everything in a one-sided opening set.  

“I knew she was going to go out there swinging, and I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to win this match the way I like to play.” said Coco during a press conference.

Gauff still attacked at times, wisely picking her spots, but it was her increased depth that pulled the turn around. 

It didn’t matter whether there were setbacks along the way. It didn’t matter how young she was. The task of becoming a Grand Slam champion as a teenager was challenged by those outsized expectations, and especially the chorus that was accompanied by voices of others who doubted her. 

“Watching the US Open has always been a tradition within my family, especially since I play school tennis around the same time as it starts. To say seeing Coco Gauff win her first US Open at nineteen years old was inspiring is an understatement. Not only did she give 150% for every point, but she also stood up for herself when questionable calls were made. Watching the Women’s Doubles was equally exciting. As a doubles player myself, I was able to see how the professionals play and how they communicate with each other on the court. US Open season is one of my favorite times of the year and I can’t wait for next year!” said Ceania Gonzales on our PMHS Varsity tennis team. 

Simone Biles new Championship title

Simone Biles flew through another historic routine August 28th 2023, to win a record eighth all-around title at the U.S. gymnastics championships.  

Biles received a standing ovation over her breath-taking floor exercise, which earned her 15.400. Her 14.850 on the Cheng vault was also the highest of the night. Her combined total of 118.450 beat second placed by Shilese Jones by 3.9 points.  

“It’s really amazing. Everybody in here believes in me.” Simone said. 

She has won twenty-five medals, including eighteen golds which is higher than any women’s or men’s gymnastics in history at World Championships. 


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Catrina Ferrara
Catrina Ferrara, Staff Writer
Class of 2027. Loves sunsets, cooking, and pumpkin spice lattes. Fears the ocean and heights. Wishes to read every book.
Rachel Edwards
Rachel Edwards, Assistant Editor
Grade 12 "Be good to people without reason."

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