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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 started a match for the second time for the United States women’s national volleyball team and helped the Americans defeat Bulgaria 25-20, 25-16, 25-21 on Thursday in Ruse, Bulgaria.

The United States concluded the first week of the six-week FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament with a 3-0 record. Next week, the Americans will travel to Italy and face a tougher set of matches against Serbia, Italy and the Dominican Republic.

Foecke, who graduated from Nebraska earlier this month, had eight kills on a .333 hitting percentage, two blocks and one ace serve Thursday.

Foecke will not be available to make the U.S. roster for Week 2 of the tournament because she’ll return to America for her wedding.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to take Mikaela Foecke with us,” said U.S. coach Karch Kiraly in a news release. “We were certainly excited to do that, but she has bigger and more important things to do as she is getting married a week from Saturday."

The U.S. roster for Week 2 will be announced later this week.

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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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