When Allison Weston started playing volleyball at Nebraska, her teammates knew if she made a mistake.
When Weston wasn't pleased with herself during practice, she'd often scream and slap the court. Eventually, she learned to muffle her disgust by pulling at her collar and barking down into her shirt.
Former NU coach Terry Pettit convinced Weston it's best not to show your frustration.
"I was always very demanding and very hard on myself," she said. "But I learned how to turn frustration into positive energy."
Weston also was a standout in basketball and soccer before graduating from Papillion-La Vista in 1992. But as a volleyball player at NU, she quickly developed into one of the most versatile talents in the country.
A dominant attacker, Weston was NU's first three-time first-team All-American, and she led the Huskers to the 1995 national championship. She was the first recipient of the Morgan trophy, which goes to the nation's top player.
She also was voted captain of the U.S. Olympic team that played in the 2000 Sydney Games.
"Allison was such a complete, all-around player," Pettit said. "She was just great at everything, and she really exemplifies how I think Nebraska volleyball likes to see itself.’"
Weston was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2008 was the first woman to be inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame.
Sports Illustrated also named her as the best female athlete born in Nebraska.
Played for: Papillion-La Vista High, Nebraska Cornhuskers, 2000 U.S. Olympic team and AGIL Trecate Italian pro team
Best athlete from Nebraska played with or against: Nikki Stricker Best, a Lincoln native who played volleyball at NU from 1990 through 1993. "I remember being so impressed with her when we played against each other in high school," Weston said. Best, now the head volleyball coach at Montana, hired Weston as an assistant in 2002.
Best moment as an athlete: "Winning the national championship in 1995. That whole season was pretty remarkable. Being a part of the 2000 Olympics is a very close second."
At Nebraska: 1,778 kills, 119 aces, 506 blocks
Weston was No. 15 in the inaugural Nebraska 100 list in 2005. See more about the 2005 list »