A source has confirmed to Hail Varsity that sophomore middle blocker Chesney McClellan has left the program and will transfer to Auburn.
McClellan, a 6-foot-4 middle from Maryville, Tennessee, provided depth behind senior Briana Holman and redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and appeared in six sets across four matches as a freshman, recording seven blocks on 15 swings and four blocks.
McClellan was ranked 26th overall in the class of 2017 by PrepVolleyball.com and was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American as a senior at Maryville High School after transferring from Bearden High School in Knoxville.
McClellan played club volleyball for K2 and one of her coaches was former Husker setter Mary Pollmiller, who began her career at Tennessee before transferring to Nebraska.
McClellan’s departure leaves Nebraska with just two middle blockers on the roster, Stivrins and true freshman Callie Schwarzenbach.
Stirvins started all 36 matches as a redshirt freshman, averaging 2.07 kills and 1.02 blocks per set while hitting .309. She was named to the All-Big Ten freshman team.
Schwarzenbach, a native of Kearney, Missouri, was ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by PrepVolleyball.com. She averaged 4.2 kills and 1.3 blocks per set while hitting .383 as a senior for Kearney High School, earning Missouri Class 4 all-state honors. She played her club volleyball for KC Power, which won a USA Volleyball U18 national championship in 2017 and was ranked as the second-best club team in the country by PrepVolleyball.com.
Nebraska’s current roster lists one setter, two middle blockers, three defense specialists and six outside hitters.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.