Nicole Drewnick, the newest Nebraska volleyball recruit, is the daughter of volleyball coaches, so she looks at the college recruiting process a little different than some players may.
The high school sophomore from Dallas made an unofficial visit to Lincoln last weekend, and before heading home on Sunday evening she accepted a scholarship offer from the Huskers.
She’s 6-foot-2 and plays at Hebron High School, which plays in the largest division in Texas. For her high school team she plays setter, right-side hitter and outside hitter. What position she plays at Nebraska will depend on the Huskers’ needs when she joins the team for the 2020 season.
Drewnick has been around volleyball most of her life. Her mother, Cilene, played volleyball on the Brazilian national team, including in two Olympics, and is a club volleyball coach. Her father, Eduardo, is Nicole’s club coach.
Drewnick was born in Florida. She remembers being in the gym with her parents from a young age, tossing balls to the older players and admiring them.
In making her college choice, Drewnick looked closely at who she would be working with in college. She speaks highly of Nebraska coach John Cook and assistant coach Kayla Banwarth, who is also an Olympian.
“A lot of people would commit to Nebraska for the fame or the national championships, and that’s amazing. You can’t find that anywhere else,” Drewnick said.
“But I committed to Nebraska because of the coaching, the passion, the culture and the future beyond college. You can’t find a coach like Coach Cook anywhere else. His passion for the game rubs off on anyone he talks to. You can see during practice how he coaches the team, and how he’s always wanting to learn more.”
Drewnick got to be around Cook and some of her future teammates when she attended a volleyball camp at Nebraska in 2016.
When it came to making her college choice, Drewnick was also considering Stanford, Duke, Auburn, and Iowa, among others.
Drewnick will be part of the 2020 class that also includes outside hitter Madi Endsley from Temecula, California, and middle blocker Kalynn Meyer from Superior. The Huskers have setters in the 2018 and 2021 recruiting classes.
Among players who are now high school juniors, sophomores and freshmen, Nebraska already has 11 commits from scholarship or walk-on players. Women's volleyball teams are limited to 12 full scholarships.