Maryland vs. Nebraska, 11.24

Nebraska's Lauren Stivrins (left) and Mikaela Foecke get a block against Maryland during the Huskers' sweep Saturday at the Devaney Sports Center.

Mikaela Foecke continues to add accolades to her stellar Husker volleyball career.

On Wednesday, the Nebraska senior outside hitter was named an AVCA first-team All-American. She received second-team honors as a junior and honorable-mention honors as a freshman and sophomore.

Joining Foecke on the first team is teammate and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins. Senior libero Kenzie Maloney was named to the AVCA third team, and freshman setter Nicklin Hames received honorable-mention honors.

Creighton senior Jaali Winters was named a third-team All-American.

The 6-foot-3 Foecke leads the Huskers in kills per set (3.80) and has 43 service aces. Her current kills-per-set average is Nebraska's best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45).

Foecke was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for a second straight season. She was named the most valuable player at last weekend's Minneapolis Regional, where she had a pair of double-doubles in wins against Kentucky and Oregon.

The 6-4 Stivrins has emerged in a big way as a sophomore. She leads the Huskers in hitting percentage (.409), which ranks sixth nationally. She had 25 ace serves and among her best performances was a Nov. 2 match against Penn State in which Stivrins had 13 kills and a career-high 10 blocks.

Maloney is averaging a team-best 4.06 digs per set and has played a leading role in the Huskers holding opponents to a .136 hitting percentage, which ranks first in the country. The Louisville, Kentucky, native ranks fifth in school history with 1,369 digs.

Joining Foecke and Stivrins on the first team are Wisconsin's Dana Rettke, Illinois' Jacqueline Quade, Illinois' Jordyn Poulter, Stanford's Kathryn Plummer, BYU's Roni Jones-Perry, Stanford's Morgan Hentz, BYU's Lyndie Haddock-Eppich, Stanford's Jenna Gray, Purdue's Sherridan Atkinson, Minnesota's Stephanie Samedy, Penn State's Kendall White and Minnesota's Sam Selliger-Swensen.

In addition to Foecke and Stivrins, seven of those players will play in Thursday's Final Four — Quade, Poulter, Plummer, Jones-Perry, Hentz, Haddock-Eppich and Gray.

AVCA All-Americans

First team: Sherridan Atkinson, Purdue, RS, sr.; Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska, OH, sr.; Jenna Gray, Stanford, S, jr.; Lyndie Haddock-Eppich, BYU, S, sr.; Morgan Hentz, Stanford, L, jr.; Roni Jones-Perry, BYU, OH, sr.; Kathryn Plummer, Stanford, OH, jr.; Jordyn Poulter, Illinois, S, sr.; Jacqueline Quade, Illinois, OH, jr.; Dana Rettke, Wisconsin, MB, so.; Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota, RS, so.; Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota, S, sr.; Lauren Stivrins, Nebraska, MB, so.; Kendall White, Penn State, L, jr.

Second team: Tami Alade, Stanford, MB, sr.; Allie Barber, Marquette, OH, jr.; Brooke Botkin, USC, OH, so.; Dani Drews, Utah, OH, so.; Leah Edmond, Kentucky, OH, jr.; Shelly Fanning, Baylor, MB, jr.; Audriana Fitzmorris, Stanford, RS, jr.; Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin, S, so.; Mary Lake, BYU, L, jr.; Madison Lilley, Kentucky, S, so.; Regan Pittman, Minnesota, MB, so.; Carly Skjodt, Michigan, OH, sr.; Ronika Stone, Oregon, MB, jr.; Micaya White, Texas, OH, jr.

Third team: Naghede Abu, Colorado, MB, sr.; Kara Bajema, Washington, OH, jr.; Ali Bastianelli, Illinois, MB, sr.; Madison Duello, Wisconsin, RS, jr.; Heather Gneiting, BYU, MB, fr.; Kenzie Maloney, Nebraska, L, sr.; Nika Markovic, Pittsburgh, RS, jr.; Taylor Mims, Washington State, OH, sr.; Blake Mohler, Purdue, MB, jr.; Jonni Parker, Penn State, RS, fr.; August Raskie, Oregon, S, sr.; Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati, OH, jr.; Lindsey Vander, Oregon, OH, sr.; Jaali Winters, Creighton, OH, sr.


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