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NCAA Volleyball Press Conferences, 12.14

Nebraska's Mikaela Foecke (left) and head coach John Cook smile in reaction to a reporter's question on Dec. 14 during a press conference the day before the NCAA volleyball National Championship Final at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Former Nebraska volleyball player Mikaela Foecke has been named a finalist for the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation's top amateur athlete.

This marks the fourth time in the past five years that a Nebraska volleyball player was named a finalist for the award. Foecke also was a finalist in 2016.

Foecke will attend the award ceremony April 16 in New York.

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Online fan voting is open to the public at aausports.wyng.com/AAUSullivanAwardFinalists. Fans can vote once per day through Friday.

Other finalists include UCLA's Rachel Garcia (softball), Texas' Townley Haas (men's swimming), Stanford's Kathryn Plummer (volleyball), North Carolina's Luke Maye (men's basketball) and UCF's McKenzie Milton (football).

Foecke capped an incredible career by helping lead the Huskers to the national championship match. She was named an AVCA first-team All-American after averaging 3.86 kills and 2.65 digs per set. The unanimous All-Big Ten selection was 21-2 in the NCAA Tournament.

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