Class of 2016
***Players listed alphabetically***
Player, School, Club (if known), Height, Position, Commitment (if known)
Morgan Alexander, Ord, (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-7, Setter, Wayne State
No Class C-1 player in Nebraska high school history has produced for set assists in a career than Alexander. Her 68 assists in the 2015 Class C-1 state championship match is the most ever for any C-1 match and is tied for the second-most in state history, regardless of class. For good measure, Alexander also had a match-high 23 digs in the match. A four-year starter at Ord, Alexander did not get on the radar of many major programs until late because she does not have ideal height for a DI or DII setter and did not play major club volleyball. She forced people to take notice this year, and committed to Wayne State – which reached the DII Final Four – and will play playing this club season on a Nebraska Juniors squad capable of contending for a national championship.
Sarah Allick, Lincoln North Star (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot-1, MH/RS, Augustana
It’s fair to say that Allick’s high school and club careers were an anticlimactic story of potential. After a sophomore season in which she had 210 kills and 128 total blocks, Allick was dominant the first part of the 2014 club season and had pretty much every Big 10 school buzzing after a sensational showing at a major tournament in the Wisconsin Dells. That lead to Allick accepting an offer to Nebraska. It was a bumpy road thereafter. There were injuries, suspensions and a mutual decision with the Huskers to part ways. Former Husker coach Dan Meske jumped at the opportunity to have her at DII Augustana, where she is planning on enrolling early. If Meske can get Allick to consistently play at her highest level she could be a multiple time DII All-American.
Tarrin Beller, Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH/MH, Wayne State
One of the hallmarks of a great player is the ability to raise their play to another level when it matters most. It would be hard to beat what Beller did in the final high school match of her career. In a 3-2 subdistrict loss to Lutheran High Northeast, Beller had 29 kills, 27 digs, 20 serve receptions, nine blocks and four aces. While Beller might have flown under the radar at Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family, that is far from the case during club season. Last summer, she was a vital member of the Nebraska Juniors 181 team which finished 6th in the nation at the AAU National Championships. In a championship quarterfinal match, Beller had three kills and two blocks against national power Front Range 181, which featured three of the top 42 recruits in the nation last year – including #3 overall recruit Jordyn Poulter, a Big 10 All-Freshman Team member this year.
Kara Bown, Lincoln East (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-8, setter/DS, Wichita State
The crop of college-level liberos in the Nebraska Class of 2016 is likely one of the deepest ever and while Bown’s high school team success limited her exposure, she is one of the state’s elite back-row defenders. A three-year starter for the Spartans, Bown had a career-high 489 digs as a senior with 500+ serve receptions and 100+ assists and finished her career with a 91.3% serving percentage and 121/93 ace-error ratio. Where Bown has impressed most college coaches is in major club tournaments as a member of Nebraska Juniors, which led to her committing to the Shockers early in the 2015 club season.
Ellie Brown, Holdrege (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot-2, MH, Omaha
Brown is one of the most under-the-radar big-time talents to come out of Nebraska in a while. Various injuries have prevented her from putting together anything remotely close to a dominating high school season, which has kept her off all-state teams and prevented her name from becoming well-known throughout the state. In the past two years, she has logged just 75 sets with Holdrege, putting up 174 kills and 50 blocks in that time. Brown, however, has the frame and athleticism for a Division I middle and has put that talent on display during the club season. Her future coaches at Omaha are excited about her upside and the fact that her best volleyball is still to come. Finally healthy, Brown is poised for a breakout club season in 2016.
Josie Cox, Maxwell (Nebraska Gold), 6-foot-2, MH, Nebraska-Kearney
Cox has been a dominant force at the net in Nebraska high school volleyball since her freshman year. The UNK recruit spent her first three seasons at Maxwell where she tallied 471 kills and 97 blocks as a junior while hitting .456. She then committed to the Lopers and transferred to North Platte for her senior season where she easily made the transition to Class A volleyball for the Class A runners-up. Cox had 147 kills and 71 blocks while hitting .301 and helping lead the Bulldogs to their best season in a generation. In the Class A championship match against Omaha Marian, she had three solo blocks and five kills.
Allie Davis, Lincoln Southwest (VCNebraska), 6-foot-2, OH, Wichita State
Davis has been one of the Class A’s best outside hitters for the better part of four seasons for the Silverhawks. Recovery from hand/wrist injuries cost her the 2015 club season and forced her to get a delayed start to her senior season, but she was able to re-establish her dominance late in the year to help Lincoln Southwest to the state tournament. The Wichita State recruit had 23 kills in the district final win over Bellevue West and then added 15 more in the first-round loss to Papillion-LaVista South in the Class A state tournament. Her best high school season was her junior year, when she finished with 415 kills, 43 blocks and 232 digs.
Samantha Duncan, Omaha Westside (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH, Palm Beach Atlantic
Duncan has taken her game to another level in the past 8-12 months as was evidenced by the fact that she was one of just two players in Class A in 2015 to total more than 390 kills and digs – the other being Raegan LeGrand. Duncan cemented herself as one of the state’s elite players during an early October match with Lincoln Southeast in which she finished with 37 kills – just three shy of the all-time Class A record – two blocks, 15 digs and 26 serve receptions. While Duncan’s height and vertical aren’t that of a major Division I OH, she has earned praises from a variety of coaches about her work ethic and practice habits. She is headed to Palm Beach Atlantic, which finished as the Division II national runner-up in 2015.
Taylor Els, Lincoln Southwest (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-6, Libero, Northern Colorado
When you talk with coaches about Els, the one word that always comes up is “relentless.” While Els may not be the most technically-inclined libero on this list, what she possess are all the abilities coaches are looking for in a quarterback for their back row. Her twitch-reflex is second-to-none, as is her pursuit and recovery speed and that is what separates her from the pack, along with her on-court command. In early October she had a 48-dig performance in a four-set loss to Millard North and in arguably the three biggest matches of her high-schools career (conference championship, district championship and first-round state tournament) she averaged 28.3 digs per match.
Kelsey Green, Elkhorn South (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot-1, OH/MH, Regis University
The best remaining uncommitted player in Nebraska’s Class of 2016, Green has several options available to her, including offers to Division I power-conference schools, but has yet to make a binding commitment anywhere. UPDATE: Green has committed to Regis University. After starting her career as a middle, Green has been utilized both in the middle and outside and she has been dominant in both places. She finished her high school career with more than 1,000 kills for Elkhorn South and roughly 200 blocks. She also was one of the Storms’ most reliable passers with 459 serve receptions this season. Playing this club season on the Nebraska Juniors 181 team, which is a legitimate national-title contender, Green should get plenty of attention and will play a key role on that team.
Andie Hanus, Omaha Marian (Premier), 5-foot-6, Libero/DS, Missouri
On just about any other team, Hanus would be a standout libero. As it is, she was a standout defensive specialist at Omaha Marian and combined with Brittany Witt to form one of the best back row combos in recent history. The Missouri recruit tallied just under 1,000 career digs for Marian, averaging 3.0 per set. Her serve receive numbers improved each year, from 362 as a sophomore to 556 during her senior season. Hanus also was one of the state’s most consistent tough servers during her career, serving at 95% with a 113/67 ace-to-error ratio. In her three state-tournament matches in 2015 she had double-digit dig totals in all of them – impressive for a DS – averaging 13 per match. She will play the 2016 club season for Premier 18 Gold.
Lauren Hinrichs, Doniphan-Trumbull (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot-1, MH/MB, Wichita State
To fully appreciate Hinirchs’ ability, you almost have to watch her during the club season while competing against some of the top players in the nation. In each of the last two seasons at Doniphan-Trumbull, Hinirchs has finished with more than 350 kills, 40 blocks and 275 digs. Where Hinrichs really excels, however, is in putting up a quick and strong block against the some of the top hitters in the nation. Her long frame and arms combined with above-average to excellent leaping and quickness makes her a force at the net. She will be a major part of the Nebraska Juniors 181 team this club season in its hunt for a national title.
Kiley Hixson, Aurora (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH, South Dakota
Only one player in the state of Nebraska has had 400 kills and 400 digs in each of the last two high school seasons – and that player is Hixson. As the go-to hitter in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, Hixson averaged 4.6 kills per set as a junior and increased it to 4.8 as a senior while also improving her hitting percentage in the process. This season she recorded 20+ kills five times, including a 26-kill effort in a first-round loss to Elkhorn South in the Class B state tournament. In that state-tournament match she also had 25 digs – making it her second 20/20 match of the year. The South Dakota recruit is a member of the Nebraska Juniors 181 team in 2016.
Allison Kuenle, North Platte (Nebraska Gold), 5-foot-11, OH, Nebraska-Kearney
Few players attack with the veracity of Kuenle, which helped the North Platte senior tally the third-most kills in Class A in 2015 with 423. The Nebraska-Kearney recruit has been remarkably consistent over the past two years, hitting .307 as a senior and .305 in a junior season in which she finished with 397 kills. Kuenle is also an exceptional back-row player, recording 351 digs during the 2015 high school season. In three state-tournament matches this season, she averaged 4.7 kills a set – including a total of 20 in a semifinal win over Papillion-LaVista – and 3.6 digs a set. She had a total of three matches this year with 20 or more kills.
Raegan LeGrand, Papillion-LaVista South (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-10, Libero/OH, USC
The Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska for 2015, LeGrand has earned a place in the conversation about the greatest all-around volleyball players in Nebraska high school volleyball history. As a freshman the USC recruit started as a libero for the Papillion-LaVista South team that won a national championship along with the 2012 Nebraska Class A title. As a sophomore she transitioned into a full-rotation OH role and immediately became one of the most feared hitters in the state with 354 kills as a sophomore. In 2014 she finished with 475 kills and 340 digs while as a senior she was the only Class A player to finish with more than 400 kills (485) and 400 digs (443). She closed out her high school career in style with a 20 kill, 30 dig performance in a 3-1 loss to Omaha Marian in the Class A semifinals. She will play libero at USC and she will play for the Nebraska Juniors 181 team in the 2016 club season.
Cassidy Loberg, Millard West (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH/MH, Central Missouri State
Loberg has been one of the most consistent forces in Class A since her sophomore year at Millard West when she had more than 230 kills and had eight kills and four blocks in the 2013 Class A state championship match which Omaha Marian won in five sets. As a junior she led the Wildcats to the Class A semifinals with team-highs in kills (244) and blocks (65). She was the team leader in kills (254) and blocks (40) again as a senior as Millard West reached the state tournament again. Loberg’s versatility to play in the middle or at the pins and her motor is what appealed to many college coaches before she chose Central Missouri State. She will play the 2016 club season with Nebraska Juniors 181.
Elizabeth Loschen, Omaha Marian (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, RS, South Dakota
Loschen has been – by far – the best right side in Nebraska high school volleyball for the past two seasons and a centerpiece of Omaha Marian’s three-year reign as the top team in the state. Her block is considered the best in the state by a vast majority of coaches and top hitters. The South Dakota recruit became more valuable each season as an offensive weapon as well. As a sophomore she averaged 2.7 kills per set and hit .258. She improved on that as a junior, averaging 3.1 kills per set and hitting .307. As a senior she hit an astounding .401 and averaged 3.4 kills per set. She will play for the Nebraska Juniors 181 team for the 2016 club season.
Halie McArdle, Gretna (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-9, OH, Wyoming
McArdle’s 500 kills during the 2015 high school season was the third most in the state. She had double-digit kills in each of her final 17 high school matches, including 27 in a three-set loss to Omaha Skutt in the Class B state championship. In fact, McArdle had a 20/20 in each of her final two high school matches with 25 kills and 21 digs in the Class B semifinals against Grand Island Northwest and 27/22 in the finals against Skutt. She finished with more than 350 kills and 350 digs during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and finished her high school career with more than 1,200 kills. Despite being just 5-9, McArdle earned the reputation of one of the most feared terminators in the state and is headed to Wyoming. She will play for Nebraska Elite 181 during the 2016 club season.
Nerissa Moravec, Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot-1, MH/MB, Central Florida
Moravec has always been long on potential, but the Central Florida recruit has made tremendous strides in the past 12-18 months to develop into one of the players in the state with the highest ceiling. As a sophomore, Moravec did not make an impact for Lincoln Southeast then led the Knights with 43 blocks as a junior. During the 2015 high school season, she exploded, registering 311 kills and 122 blocks to help lead Southeast to the state tournament. Central Florida coach Todd Dagenais was actually looking hard at multiple players from Nebraska for the Class of 2016 before zeroing in on Moravec as the one he liked best. Coaches expect that Moravec’s length, leaping and quickness will translate well at Central Florida. She will play the 2016 club season with Nebraska Juniors 182.
Olivia Nicholson, North Platte (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot-1, MH/MB, Colorado State
One Division I coach called Nicholson “a program changer” and it would certainly be hard to argue. Nicholson would have been a much larger recruiting target had she not told schools she wanted to stay close enough to home for family to watch her play. The fact she played for a member of the Colorado State coaching staff as part of Team USA and the fact Fort Collins, CO, is just four hours from North Platte made the Rams the perfect choice for Nicholson. Beyond being explosive and powerful in the middle, Nicholson possesses one of the best court visions in the state and has an array of shots to take advantage of that. She helped lead North Platte to the Class A state championship match in 2015 and finished with 397 kills, 290 digs, 109 blocks and 42 ace serves. She will play the 2016 club season with Nebraska Juniors 181.
Katie Stephens, Papillion-LaVista (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-9, OH, Wayne State
Stephens has had a reputation for several years of being one of the Class of 2016’s best all-around players as well as one of its most coachable. Because of that, Stephens had opportunities to play at the Division I level with a back-row focus, but instead opted to Division II power Wayne State where she will have the opportunity to also make an impact at the net. In early October of 2015 Stephens suffered a major knee injury during a match against Papillion-LaVista South, cutting her standout high school career short. She has since had surgery and a little more than two months later was without crutches and is hopeful to be fully healthy again by the start of her freshman year at Wayne State. If she is able to play at all in the 2016 club season, it will be for Nebraska Elite 181.
Sophia Terwilleger, Omaha Marian (Premier), 5-foot-9, OH, Augustana
As a sophomore, a series of injuries and illness allowed Terwilleger to only see 31 sets of action for Omaha Marian, but a completely healthy Terwilleger helped key the Crusaders’ state championships in 2014 and 2015. The Augustana recruit was the steady, consistent force for Marian as the only regular full-rotation player. While she had more kills her junior year than senior season (370 to 316), she increased her hitting percentage from .262 to .303 as part of a more balanced attack. The last two season Terwilleger also averaged 3.67 digs per set and for her career she was a 95.7 percent server with a 125/51 ace-to-error ratio. At the college level she projects as a back row standout that can also be an effective attacker. She will play the 2016 club season for Premier 18 Gold.
Jaden Thiem, Elkhorn South (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-6, Libero, Northern Kentucky
Also a standout soccer player, Thiem made a commitment to focusing on volleyball and it paid off for her. Thiem – who had been only playing volleyball at the club level prior – established herself as one of the top high school liberos after joining the Elkhorn South team her junior season. In just two years she had 1,144 digs (5.5 digs per set) and 904 serve receptions and also served at 94.7% with a 63/42 ace-to-error ratio. She also has been a defensive anchor on some of Nebraska Elite’s top teams during the club season and that exposure helped land her at Division I Northern Kentucky. For the 2016 club season Thiem will play for Nebraska Elite 181.
Brittany Witt, Omaha Marian (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-7, Libero, Creighton
In all likelihood, we will never see a more dominating libero from a statistical standpoint in the state of Nebraska in our lifetime. Witt’s 2,449 career digs are 508 more than the previous record and she is the only player in state history to have more than 2,000 digs in a career. The Creighton recruit also has the Class A record for most digs in a season with 738, which is just one shy of the state record. Her 44 digs in a match in 2014 is tied for the Class A record and her 16.77 digs per match average in 2014 also is a Class A record. She played for the Class A state championship in all four years of her high school career, helping Marian win the last three. Besides being excellent technically as a libero, Witt also is considered the best setting libero, evident by her 217 career assists from the back row. She also finished her high school career with 206 service aces. She will play the 2016 club season for Nebraska Juniors 181.
Amanda Young, Gretna (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-8, Libero/DS, Colorado State
Considered one of the best pure athletes in the state, Young has demonstrated her wide-ranging skill set on the volleyball court for Gretna during her career. As a sophomore and junior Young was a key full-rotation player for the Dragons and had 241 kills in 2014 to go with 390 digs. In order to take advantage of her defensive prowess, Young was made the libero in 2015 and responded with 637 digs (6.4 per set) and helped guide the Dragons to the Class B state championship match. Young finished the 2015 season with 15 matches in which she had 20 or more digs, including 30 or more three times. Young’s elite speed was a big attraction for college coaches and helped land her at Colorado State. She will play the 2016 club season for Nebraska Juniors 182.
Libby Anthony, Crete (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-10, Setter/DS, Uncommitted
Kelsey Beaudin, Omaha Gross (River City Juniors), 5-foot-10, OH, Uncommitted
Kylie Belt, Emerson-Hubbard (MVP), 6-foot-1, MH, Midland University
Brianna Boender, Waverly (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-11, setter/RS, Uncommitted
Danielle Carlson, Elkhorn (Nebraska Elite), 6-foot, Setter/RS, College of St. Mary
Taylor Crandall, Papillion-LaVista South (Premier), 5-foot-7, Setter, Nebraska Wesleyan
Hannah Dubas, Bellevue West (Premier), 5-foot-8, OH, Belmont-Abbey
Elise Duryea, Omaha Marian (Nebraska Elite), 6-foot, MB, Uncommitted
Shanda Farmer, Hastings St. Cecilia, 5-foot-3, Libero, Hastings College (basketball)
Ashley Kistatis, Lincoln North Star (Lincoln Team Magic), 5-foot-9, OH, Westminster
Emily Lenners, Freeman (Nebraska ONE), 6-foot-2, MH, Hastings College
Mallory Matthies, Omaha Roncalli (River City Juniors), 5-foot-11, RS, Peru State
Maren McGuire, Omaha Marian (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-6, Setter, Uncommitted
Alex Neff, North Platte (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-6, Setter, Doane College
Emmie Noyd, Shelby-Rising City, 6-foot-3, MH, Concordia University
Cassidy Ostrand, Nebraska Christian (South Central Nebraska VBC), 5-foot-10, OH, Hastings College
Maeghan Pieper, Columbus Scotus, 5-foot-11, MH, Central CC
Mackenzie Puckett, Grand Island (Premier) 6-foot, MH, Nebraska-Kearney
Payton Robley, East Butler (Nebraska ONE), 5-foot-8, OH, College of St. Mary
Payton Rosendahl, Columbus Lakeview (Nebraska Elite) 6-foot-1, OH, Augustana
Kayla Schrunk, Columbus Lakeview, 5-foot-11, MH, Hastings College
Maddie Squires, Kearney Catholic (Nebraska Gold), 5-foot-9, Setter/RS, Bellevue University
Paxton Throne, Millard South (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-11, setter/RS, Central CC
Chainey Tompkin, Giltner (South Central Nebraska VBC), 6-foot-1, MH, Central CC
Alyssa Woodman, Omaha Skutt (Premier), 5-foot-10, OH, Rockhurst University
Class of 2015
Player, School, Club (if known), Height, Position, Commitment (if known)
***Players listed alphabetically***
Sara Boothe, Lincoln Pius X (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-7, Setter, Coastal Carolina
Relentless competitor and heart of the Lincoln Pius X teams the past three seasons. Incredible quickness and explosion to the ball combined with consistent superlative placement of her sets makes her one of the state’s best setters.
Emma Benton, Grand Island CC (Nebraska Gold), 5-foot-10, OH, Emporia State
Holds the single-season record for kills in a season for her powerhouse high school program. What she lacks in size for an ideal outside hitter in college, she more than makes up for with her power and uncanny ability to hit her spots.
Maddy Bruder, Norris (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-11, OH, Northwest Missouri St.
Bruder missed a vast majority of her junior season with a shoulder injury but came back in her season year to lead Norris to the Class B state championship as one of the state’s most dominating outside hitters. One of the highest motors in the state, she’s almost unstoppable in high gear.
Clare Hamburger, Hastings St. Cecilia, 5-foot-8, Setter, Hastings College
One of the most versatile and best athletes in the state, no other player in Class C-2 history has as many set assists as Hamburger. Because her team needs dictated it, Hamburger became one of the attackers in C-2 this year as well. Has the potential to become an NAIA All-American at Hastings.
Jamie Hauptman, Millard South (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-10, MH/RS, Emporia State
Hauptman finished her senior season at Millard South with more than 500 kills in helping lead the Patriots to the state tournament. Her approach and swing is unconventional but very effective. Although just 5-foot-10, her long arms and leaping skills help her play taller.
Kylie Hohlen, Norris (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-10, Libero/OH, Central Missouri State
When talking about the best full-rotation player in the state, Hohlen belongs in the conversation. After originally committing to Furman, Hohlen got a release and is headed to Central Missouri State where she has the ability to be a DII All-American. Easily could be a major D1 libero and also has skill set of a top-flight outside hitter.
Hanna Justesen, Elmwood-Murdock (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-10, OH, George Washington
Also one of the top full-rotation players in the state, Justesen turned down opportunity at major programs as a back-row player to maintain the ability to be an attacker at George Washington. Incredible leaper and competitor. One of the hardest hitters in the state.
Ashley Knight, Elkhorn South (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-9, Setter, Villanova
Had 1,000+ assists in leading Elkhorn South to Class B state tournament. Great floor general with exceptional ball placement and handling. Also a very accomplished sand player. Has the potential to contribute early in her career at Villanova.
Sage Meyer, Bellevue West (River City Juniors), 6-foot, OH, Hastings College
Explosive leaper and terminator who has the ability to play as high above the net as anyone in the state. Her defensive game is often overlooked because of her attacking ability, but she possesses outstanding passing skills. Immediate impact player at NAIA level.
Kelsey O’Connell, Omaha Marian (Premier) 6-foot-2, MB, Creighton
After a breakout junior season at Omaha Marian, an ACL injury early in the 2014 club season forced her onto the difficult road of recovery. Was not near 100% at end of senior season or start of 2015 club season, but is now showing consistent signs of her old self and could be major recruiting steal for Creighton.
Priscilla O’Dowd, Papillion LaVista (Premier) 6-foot, MH, Midland University
The Nebraska Prep Volleyball Class A Player of the Year after a dominant senior season with more than 425 kills and 150 blocks. Possibly a little undersized for a college middle, O’Dowd more than makes up for it with her quickness and array of attacks from different angles.
Allison Penner, Aurora (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-11, Setter/RS, UNC-Greensboro
The most athletic setter in the state, her game lends itself well to the college level and her best volleyball still lies ahead. Her ability to be an offensive weapon holds opponent’s blocks and her set placement and selection amplifies her threat offensively.
Jessica Peters, Papillion-LaVista (Premier), 5-foot-9, Setter, Midland University
No player in the state did a better job managing their team from the setter position than Peters during the 2014 high school season at Papillion-LaVista. Her sets are arguable to softest and most hittable in the state, as indicated by her roughly 1,300 assists.
Sierra Peterson, Grand Island (Nebraska ONE), 6-foot, OH, Bradley
One of the most imposing and hardest hitting outside hitters in Class A the past two years. Her ability to terminate with power caught the eye of the Bradley coaching staff as they walked past a court she was playing on and stopped them in their tracks.
Tiani Reeves, Gothenburg (Nebraska ONE), 6-foot-1, OH, Nebraska
The rawest of the Class of 2015 Super 25, Reeves has the athletic skill set to contribute at Nebraska, but it will take a while to show. A state champion long and triple jumper, Reeves will have to carry that work ethic and dedication over (times two) to the volleyball court in Lincoln to reach full potential.
Carley Remmers, Freeman (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH, Ohio
Remmers put her ability on display for the whole state to see, leading Freeman to the Class C-2 state title last fall and was virtually unstoppable in the tournament. Fierce competitor who plays taller than she is because of her knack to time her blocks and attacks well. Has the potential to start immediately for Ohio and be a major factor for the team.
Meagen Roth, Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH-RS, Omaha
Despite missing time with an ankle injury, Roth still managed to tally more than 300 kills and 30 blocks in leading Lincoln Southeast to the Class A semifinals last fall. Roth has some lingering injury issues holding her back this club season as well which has kept her from displaying her offensive prowess.
Allison Rowse, Minden (Nebraska Gold), 5-foot-6, setter, Nebraska-Kearney
A stress fracture in her back kept Rowse from having a healthy senior season at Minden, but when healthy she is an elite setter. You would be hard-pressed to find a smarter, more fundamentally sound setter and floor general in the state. Aside from setter, she could help UN-Kearney in the back row initially.
Payton Ruhl, Norris (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-10, Setter, Wayne State
An extremely key piece of Norris’ back-to-back Class B state championship teams, Ruhl is right with Penner for the most athletic setter in the state. She finished third on the team for Norris in both kills and blocks. Great decision-making skills and ball placement.
Lauren Salerno, Omaha Westside (River City Juniors), 6-foot-1, MB, Iowa Western
Didn’t get a whole lot of help at Omaha Westside, and as a result, her statistics aren’t the stuff of legends, but she was always the center of attention for opposing coaches. Great work ethic and competitiveness, has a chance to blossom into special player at next level.
Kendall Schroer, Ogallala (Nebraska Gold), 6-foot, MH, Nebraska-Kearney
As far as pure middles in the state of Nebraska, Schroer is in the top three or higher. Her talent is that of a mid-Division I player and she owned the court in the middle, regardless who she played against – including Reeves at Gothenburg. An exception attacker and leaper.
Morgan Stute, Kearney Catholic (Nebraska Gold), 5-foot-4, Libero, Nebraska-Kearney
Best and most powerful jump serve in the state and one of the best and quickest back-row players regardless of class or grade. An immediate impact defender at the college level. Anchored defense for Kearney Catholic’s three-time defending state championship teams.
Megan Wickey, Omaha Concordia (River City Juniors), 6-foot-1, OH, Ohio State
One of the nation’s top players, Wickey has the ability to single-handedly take over matches. One of state’s top leapers and hardest hitters. Her play in the back row has continuously gotten better and is an underappreciated part of her game. Can be an impact player in Big 10.
Maria Wortmann, Crofton (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-11, MH, Wayne State
Typical smaller-school, multi-sport athlete in Nebraska that thrived at the high school level but will explode in college once she specializes in volleyball. Phenomenal athlete and competitor. If she were 3-4 inches taller she would be one of nation’s top recruiting targets. Bright future at Wayne State.
Kylee Wurster, Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-8, setter, Colorado Christian
Wurster will not show up on any list for the most athletic setter or setters who are an offensive threat, but all she does is set teammates up for success. Exceptional ball placement and decision-making and also a very good defender. Her teams always seem to be successful.
Bailey Craig, Giltner (South Central VBC), 6-foot-2, MB, McKendree University
Tyra Douglas, Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, OH, Midland University
Lexie Duch, Lincoln East (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-8, Setter/DS, Delaware
Gessica Gdowski, Fremont (River City Juniors), 6-foot, OH, Omaha
Jenna Habegger, Pawnee City, 6-foot-2, OH, Concordia University
Jaclyn Happold, Giltner, 5-foot-9, Setter
Kierra Harder, Millard North (Premier), 5-foot-10, OH, Nebraska Wesleyan
Lauryn Hilger, Millard South (Premier), 5-foot-10, OH, Northwestern (Iowa)
Katie Hitz, Lincoln North Star (Nebraska ONE), 6-foot, MH, Doane College
Blair Hofstetter, Meridian, 5-foot-10, OH, (signed with Hastings College for track)
Anna Holmquist, Lincoln East (Nebraska Juniors), 6-foot, MB, Wingate University
Kelli Holloway, Lincoln Northeast (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-7, DS/Libero, Sioux Falls
Jessy Hunt, North Platte, 6-foot-1, MB/MH, Doane College
Audrey Keim, Millard South (Premier), 5-foot-9, OH/DS, Missouri Western State
Claire Knust, Omaha Skutt (Nebraska Elite), 5-foot-11, MB, Quinnipiac
Libby Koukol, Millard North (Premier), 5-foot-6, Libero, Iowa
Hannah Kring, Axtell (Nebraska Gold), 5-foot-10, MH, Nebraska-Kearney
Casey Krolikowski, Centura, 5-foot-9, OH, Hastings College
Laura McInturf, 5-foot-11, MH, Southern Valley
Elena Melendez, Papillion LaVista (Premier), 5-foot-9, OH/DS, Drake
Kira Shapiro, Millard West (Nebraska Elite), 6-foot, OH, University of Bridgeport
Lindsy Siegel, Ansley-Litchfield, 5-foot-9, MH, Hastings College
Erin Warren, Papillion-LaVista South (Nebraska Juniors), 5-foot-7, Libero/RS, Bellevue University
Mackenzie Wecker, O’Neill St. Mary’s, 5-foot-5, Libero, Northeast CC
Tiffany Wentworth, Millard West (River City Juniors), 5-foot-11, Setter, University of Illinois-Springfield