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Volleyball Nations League 2019

Former Nebraska volleyball player Mikaela Foecke (bottom left) and the U.S. women’s national team started the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament on Tuesday in Ruse, Bulgaria.

Former Nebraska volleyball player Mikaela Foecke on Wednesday started a match for the first time as a member of the United States women’s national volleyball team, and helped Team USA defeat Japan 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20 in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Ruse, Bulgaria.

The West Point, Iowa, native had 10 kills on 26 attempts. Foecke also had one block for 11 points, and was one of six Americans to reach double-figure points. Foecke also handled 58 of the team’s 85 receptions, with a 52 positive percent.

It was Foecke’s second match with the national team. She was a serving substitute in her first match, Tuesday against Belgium.

Former Penn State middle blocker Haleigh Washington had a team-leading 20 points Wednesday.

The U.S. now is 2-0 to start the six-week tournament, and concludes its opening-week round-robin Thursday with a match against Bulgaria.

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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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