Nebraska placed four players on the All-Big Ten Teams on Wednesday.
Lexi Rodriguez and Madi Kubik are unanimous All-Big Ten first-teamers while Kaitlyn Hord and Bekka Allick were second-team picks. Allick also earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team in an unanimous vote.
Rodriguez averaged 4.26 digs per set (fourth in the Big Ten and slightly behind her freshman average of 4.33) while leading the best defense in the country. Nebraska allowed opponents to hit .130 this season, the best mark in the Big Ten since Penn State’s .129 in 2012. Rodriguez improved her reception percentage from .955 as a freshman to .966 this season and served 22 aces, up from 16 a year ago. She was a first-team selection last year as well.
Kubik had the best offensive season of her career as a senior, averaging a team-best 3.24 kills per set on a career-high .251 hitting. She also posted 2.41 digs per set and a .962 reception percentage. She logged 15 double-digit kill matches with a high of 17 (on .311 hitting). She hit better than .300 12 times and notched four double-doubles. Kubik previously earned first-team honors in 2021 and second-team in 2019, when she was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Hord, the fifth-year senior and graduate transfer from Penn State, averaged 1.39 kills per set on .297 hitting and 1.55 blocks per set (fourth in the country) during her lone season as a Husker. The Nebraska setters struggled to connect with her consistently on offense, but she was still a dominant force at the net, finishing second in the Big Ten in blocks. She recorded at least one block in every match including multiple in all but on with a season-high of nine, set twice. Hord earned All-Big Ten honors in each of her four seasons as a Nittany Lion (first team in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and second team in 2018).
Allick earned a spot in the starting lineup from day one and averaged 1.95 kills per set on a team-best .322 hitting percentage and 1.03 blocks per set including a team-high 10 solo stuffs. She earned back-to-back Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards in late October. Her best performance came against Big Ten champion Wisconsin in Madison as she finished with 13 kills on .647 hitting, both season bests.
Junior setter Anni Evans is Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award winner. Evans played in 24 matches during the regular season, averaging 4.38 assists per set.
Nebraska finished second in the Big Ten with a 6-4 league record and a 24-5 regular season mark overall. The Huskers earned a No. 2 seed in the Louisville Regional and will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers will open postseason play against Delaware State on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.
🏐🏅 The 2022 All-#B1GVolleyball Teams and individual honorees were announced today, as chosen by a vote of the conference’s 14 head coaches!
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