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Nebraska Volleyball Tops Preseason Big Ten Poll

August 14, 2018
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Two seniors, two captains, two preseason All-Big Ten selections for Nebraska volleyball and one team atop the preseason poll of conference coaches. Not a bad Tuesday in August.

Libero Kenzie Maloney and outside hitter Mikaela Foecke landed on the preseason honors list released Tuesday, which was accompanied by the Big Ten coaches poll. Nebraska took top honors there followed by Wisconsin at No. 2, Minnesota at No. 3 and Penn State at No. 4. The Huskers are coming off back-to-back Big Ten titles and will try to become the first team in school history to reach three consecutive final fours.

Foecke, a unanimous All-Big Ten pick, figures to play a big part in any such run in 2018. The team leader last season at 3.53 kills per set, Foecke is just the fourth player in NCAA history to have been named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Championship twice. Foecke earned the award as a freshman in 2015 and again last year, sharing the award with setter Kelly Hunter, as the Huskers took home a national title in each season.

Maloney had a sizzling run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament as well, serving a school record 13 aces over six matches and earning all-tournament honors. She returns as the team leader in digs at 3.62 per set.

MORE: Nebraska Volleyball Finds Its "Why" for 2018

Nebraska will hold its annual Red-White on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

You can find the full preseason All-Big Ten team and coaches poll below.

2018 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Ali Bastianelli, ILL
JORDYN POULTER, ILL
Taylor Louis, IOWA
CARLY SKJODT, MICH
Alexis Hart, MINN
STEPHANIE SAMEDY, MINN
SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, MINN
MIKAELA FOECKE, NEB
Kenzie Maloney, NEB
Taylor Leath, PSU
Kendall White, PSU
SHERRIDAN ATKINSON, PUR
DANA RETTKE, WIS
Tionna Williams, WIS

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS

2018 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

1. Nebraska 
2. Wisconsin 
3. Minnesota 
4. Penn State 
5. Illinois 
6. Michigan 
7. Purdue 
8. Ohio State 
9. Michigan State 
9. Iowa 
11. Northwestern 
12. Indiana 
13. Maryland 
14. Rutgers

 

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