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Huskers Tabbed to Finish Second in Big Ten by League’s Coaches

August 23, 2021

The Big Ten coaches tabbed two Huskers as preseason all-conference and picked Nebraska to finish second in the annual preseason coaches poll the conference released on Monday.

Reigning champion Wisconsin is the unanimous preseason favorite. The Badgers were No. 2 in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, receiving 15 first-place votes. Nebraska was fifth in the poll.

Seniors Lexi Sun and Nicklin Hames were among the 14 players the league’s coaches selected for the preseason All-Big Ten team. 

Sun was an All-Big Ten First Team selection—and third-team AVCA All-American—in each of the past two seasons. She led the Huskers with a career-high 3.64 kills and 0.39 aces per set while hitting .242.

Hames also earned All-Big Ten First Team honors the past two season and was a second-team AVCA All-American last season. Hames led the Big Ten with 10.91 assists per set and added 2.91 digs per set.

Wisconsin and Penn State led the conference with three preseason All-Big Ten selections apiece. In addition to Nebraska, Minnesota and Purdue also had two players named to the team.

Wisconsin went 15-0 in conference last season and returns most of its rotation including All-American middle blocker Dana Rettke. Minnesota went 15-2, finishing half a match ahead of Nebraska (14-2), and the Gophers returned last season’s Big Ten Player of the Year in outside hitter Stephanie Samedy.

The Huskers return six starters from last season and added the nation’s top recruiting class.

2021 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Taylor Landfair, So., OH, Minnesota
STEPHANIE SAMEDY, Sr., OPP, Minnesota
Nicklin Hames, Sr., S, Nebraska
Lexi Sun, Grad., OH, Nebraska

Temi Thomas-Ailara, Jr., OH, Northwestern
EMILY LONDOT, So., OPP, Ohio State
Kaitlyn Hord, Sr., MB, Penn State
Jonni Parker, Sr., RS/S, Penn State
Erika Pritchard, Grad., OH, Penn State
Hayley Bush, Sr., S, Purdue
GRACE CLEVELAND, Sr., OH, Purdue
SYDNEY HILLEY, Grad., S, Wisconsin
DANA RETTKE, Grad., MB, Wisconsin
Devyn Robinson, So., MB/RS, Wisconsin

2021 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1. WISCONSIN
2. Nebraska
3. Penn State
4. Minnesota
5. Purdue
6. Ohio State
7. Illinois
8. Michigan
9. Northwestern
10. Michigan State
11. Rutgers
12. Iowa
13. (tie) Indiana
(tie) Maryland

*All caps indicates unanimous selection

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