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Move-In Day Fast Approaching for 2021 Nebraska Volleyball Recruiting Class

May 13, 2021

Lindsay Krause won’t receive her diploma from Omaha Skutt until May 23, but after nearly four years of waiting, her Husker career begins this week as the incoming volleyball freshmen move in on Sunday.

“It seems really surreal at this point,” Krause told Hail Varsity. “I’ve been committed to Nebraska for almost four years now, so I guess growing up and still having my entire high school experience to go through, it seemed like the day would never actually come. I’d be moving out of my house, I’d be graduating high school, I’d actually be going to college now. It just seems crazy how fast all that time went.

“Now it’s finally the time to do all that stuff and I’m now moving into college dorms on Sunday and moving out of my house that I’ve pretty much lived in my whole life. It’s pretty surreal, all these emotions, and it’s just like everything came really quickly.”

Krause, Elkhorn South middle blocker Rylee Gray and Waverly outside hitter Whitney Lauenstein will join the other half of the 2021 “Dream Team” recruiting class — setter Kennedi Orr (Eagan, Minnesota), outside hitter Ally Batenhorst (Katy, Texas) and libero Lexi Rodriguez (Sterling, Illinois) — on campus this weekend. The latter three graduated early and went through the spring season with the team.

Krause will be living with Batenhorst, Lauenstein and Rodriguez and has already been talking with her soon-to-be roommates about move-in day.

“I talked to them a little bit,” Krause said. “It’s kind of exciting. Honestly a lot of our talk has been like ‘OK, what’s in the dorm room? What do I need to bring?’ Moving in stuff. We’re all super excited and we’ve been waiting for this for a really long time. It was funny, I was talking to Ally the other day and she’s from Texas, obviously. So I was like ‘Do you have car on campus?’ Because I didn’t know if she did. She goes ‘Oh yes, I do. Everybody is bringing one and it’s OK if you don’t because if you don’t I’ll drive you everywhere.’”

All six of John Cook’s 2021 recruits were included in VolleyballMag.com‘s annual Fab 50, a collection of the top 50 recruits in a class as voted on by college coaches. Krause, who is No. 2 in PrepVolleyball.com‘s rankings, came in at No. 1 in the Fab 50. Orr is at No. 3 and Batenhorst is at No. 4.

“It’s cool because it’s something that I think that us as a recruiting class, we already knew that once we came together we could do something really cool, so I think us having that boost ourselves but then also hearing college coaches say the same thing, it just gives you that extra boost,” Krause said.

Krause also recently took home the Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year award for the second straight year. The dynamic 6-foot-4 outside hitter averaged 5.2 kills per set on .475 hitting, 2.9 digs per set and 1.1 aces per set while guiding the SkyHawks to a 35-1 record and a state title, her fourth and the sixth in a row for the program.

“I think growing up, that’s always been one of the main honors that you always hear about and it’s not just recognized in your state,” Krause said. “Every single state has their own versions of all-state and player of the year and stuff like that, but Gatorade Player of the Year being a nationally recognized award and how cool that is, so that award growing up for me has always been a super cool thing that I’d be able to win if I got to that point. So that’s super cool to not only get it once, but then to get to do it twice.”

Krause is one of four future Huskers who have earned Gatorade Player of the Year state honors during their careers, joining Batenhorst (2020-21), Rodriguez (2019-20) and Orr (2018-19, 2019-20). On Wednesday, Batenhorst was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, the first winner from Texas in the 36 years the award has existed.

While Nebraska awaits final word on the present — seniors Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun have not yet announced if they plan to use their extra season of eligibility — the future of the program is set to arrive on Sunday, and from all indications it is certainly bright.

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