The first roster domino for the Nebraska volleyball offseason fell on Thursday as senior Callie Schwarzenbach has entered her name in the transfer portal, according to a source.
The 6-foot-5 middle blocker has spent the last four years in Lincoln and has one season of eligibility remaining because of the 2020 COVID-19 eligibility freeze.
The Kearney, Missouri, native started 35 of 36 matches during her freshman season in 2018, averaging 1.33 blocks per set and 1.09 kills per set on .291 hitting. Her 13 blocks in a four-set win over New Mexico is tied for the third-most in program history during the rally scoring era, and her 177 total blocks are eighth-most on the rally scoring list.
She started 32 of 33 matches as a sophomore, averaging 1.11 blocks per set and a career-best 1.24 kills per set on .263 hitting.
Schwarzenbach lost her full-time starting spot with Kayla Caffey’s arrival prior to the 2020-21 season. She played in 10 of Nebraska’s 19 matches during the spring season, starting four. She averaged 1.14 bocks per set and 0.90 kills per set on .263 hitting.
This season, Schwarzenbach played in 17 of Nebraska’s 34 matches including 13 starts. She started alongside Caffey the first month of the season while Lauren Stivrins was recovering from her back surgery. She averaged 1.21 blocks per set and 1.17 kills per set on .264 hitting.
Schwarzenbach led the Huskers in blocks per set in each of her four seasons in Lincoln and her 392 total blocks rank her sixth in program history during the rally scoring era.
At middle blocker, Nebraska is set to return Kalynn Meyer, who has played in 13 sets in the past two seasons, and Rylee Gray, who redshirted this season. Coach John Cook also signed two of the top middles in the 2022 class in Waverly’s Bekka Allick and Maggie Mendelson, the dual-sport athlete from Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah, who reclassified from 2023 and will play both volleyball and basketball in Lincoln.
Caffey and setter Nicklin Hames could also choose to take advantage of an extra season of eligibility but have not yet announced their decisions.
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.