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A Q&A with Jordan Larson, who on Friday will be the eighth Nebraska volleyball player to have her jersey retired.

Question: Hundreds – and probably thousands – of girls in Nebraska have said that Jordan Larson is their favorite volleyball player. Did Jordan Larson have a favorite player?

Jordan Larson: I remember I had Amber Holmquist (middle blocker from Houston) as one of my camp counselors for one of the camps I came to. She was awesome, and just a genuine person. She made camp so enjoyable, and so much fun and she was just such a good person and so humble and always willing to help. And then Angie Oxley (outside hitter from Ogallala), she was awesome, looking up to her. I remember having a lesson from Angie back when I was in high school.

Q: What’s the timeline for deciding if you’ll attempt to make the 2020 Olympic team?

Larson: I spoke with (coach Karch Kiraly), and I think we’re in a good understanding that if my health is good, and I’m feeling good, that we’re going to keep going year-by-year. If I physically can be a part of it I will, and mentally and all that stuff. I would love to be there. Obviously I have to make the cut. It’s not just like, ‘Hey, you’ve been to two, and here’s another pass to three.’ So I got to keep playing, and keep playing high-level volleyball, because I got to make that team. The plan is to go for that, and see. I feel pretty good right now at the age of soon-to-be 31. I’m feeling pretty good, and we’ll just take it day-by-day and see how it goes.

Q: When you think about how the game of volleyball is played, what do you like about the sport?

Larson: I just like that there are a lot of ways to win, right? You can’t really win without serving and passing, you got to hit the ball in the court. It’s a team sport, and you can’t do it solely yourself. You have to rely on others. I just love that I’ve been on a lot of teams that maybe talent hasn’t been our top thing, but we found a way to win, and I think that just shows that anybody can play the sport and really have fun doing it.

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Sports reporter

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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