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USA volleyball vs. Turkey, 5/16/18

USA volleyball player Kelsey Robinson celebrates a point against Turkey in May during the FIVB Volleyball Nations League event at the Devaney Sports Center. 

Former Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson has been selected as the 2018 USA Volleyball female indoor co-player of the year. She shares the award with middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo.

Robinson and Akinradewo played key roles in Team USA winning the inaugural Volleyball Nations League and the $1 million top prize. The United States went 17-2 in the tournament, including a 10-match win streak during the preliminary round.

Robinson put the team above herself during 2018, and ultimately, it proved beneficial for Team USA and herself. She entered the year in her typical outside hitter role, but two matches into the VNL, she switched to libero to shore up the reception and back row defense.

“This was a special year for Kelsey,” said U.S. women’s national team head coach Karch Kiraly in a news release. “Normally an outside hitter, she stepped up in the libero position because our team needed help, and quickly played a pivotal role in USA's gold-medal effort at the first-ever VNL. Not only did she step up, she embraced the challenge with gusto, asking for extra reps and challenging herself to be the best she could.”

For the year, Robinson started 29 matches. She averaged 2.87 digs per set with a .535 reception efficiency.

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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