Sarah Allick moved to Lincoln from Iowa just more than two years ago, but it didn’t take the Lincoln North Star sophomore long to become acquainted with Nebraska volleyball.
That’s why when the opportunity came over the weekend to become a Husker, the 6-foot-1 middle blocker with outstanding leaping ability jumped at the chance.
Two days after receiving a scholarship offer during an official visit to NU, Allick committed Sunday night to play for the Huskers beginning in 2016.
“Nebraska is where I want to be, so I figured why wait any longer and risk having someone else take that scholarship,” said Allick, the first volleyball player in the state from the 2016 class to make her college decision.
“Nebraska’s volleyball culture and tradition is unmatched compared to the other schools I was looking at,” she said. “Being able to play and train with some of the best girls in America is a dream come true.”
Allick was a second-team all-city and honorable mention all-state selection last fall who had 210 kills (.300 hitting efficiency) and 128 ace blocks while helping the 22-11 Navigators reach the Class A state tournament. Creighton offered her a scholarship last summer and a number of Big Ten and Big 12 schools were recruiting her.
She was offered the Husker scholarship Friday, one day after making a trip to Iowa. Michaela Franklin, a former Super-State player from Lincoln High who played for North Star coach Kristi Nelson-Hitz, is an assistant coach at Iowa.
With five younger brothers and sisters at home, being close to family was also a strong consideration for Allick in choosing Nebraska.
“Now I’ll be able to watch them grow up and go to their games,” she said.
A strong club season so far, combined with her physical abilities, have increased Allick’s national profile. Allick, who can reach higher than 10 feet, 3 inches on her approach, was named to the all-tournament team at the JVA Showcase Championships in Wisconsin in February while leading her squad to the title.
“Sarah’s potential is unlimited,” Nelson-Hitz said. “She’s extremely athletic, a great jumper and she has one of the best arm swings around. She’s very driven. She loves volleyball, and she’s always wanting to learn more about the game.”
A nagging hip injury ended Allick’s track season early this spring. She was a high jumper and sprinter for the Gators.
“My growth plate is still open and that’s what’s causing my hip problems,” she said. “Track seems to make it worse. When that settles down, I should be good (for track).”
Allick becomes the third player to commit to NU's 2016 recruiting class, joining outside hitter Molly Haggerty from Illinois and setter Hunter Atheron from Ohio.