Nebraska volleyball added to its nation-leading All-American total on Wednesday.
Sophomore libero Lexi Rodriguez led the way, picking up second-team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Rodriguez ranked fourth in the Big Ten at 4.26 digs per set over 109 sets played. Entering the NCAA Tournament, the Huskers led the nation in opponent hitting percentage (.128). Rodriguez’s 135 assists on the season ranked fourth on the team behind Nebraska’s three setters.
It’s the second consecutive year of All-America honors for Rodriguez. She earned first-team recognition in 2021 and was named the AVCA Freshman of the Year. Rodriguez’s honor pushes the Huskers’ all-time total to 99, tops in the country.
Outside hitter Madi Kubik earned honorable mention All-America for the third time in her career. Kubik led Nebraska in kills per set (3.11) and also contributed to another strong defensive season at 2.54 digs per set. She also earned honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore, and was a third-team selection as a junior in 2021.
The AVCA awards herald the arrival of the NCAA Tournament semifinals, held in Omaha this year. Matches get underway Thursday with 1-seed Texas taking on 2-seed San Diego at 6pm CT followed by 1-seed Louisville, coached by former Husker Dani Busboom-Kelly, facing ACC foe Pittsburgh, a 2-seed.
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.