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Nebraska vs. Colorado, NCAA Volleyball Tournament, 12/8/17

Nebraska setter Kelly Hunter (3) sets the ball against Colorado in first-set action of an NCAA Volleyball Tournament match at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 8, 2017.

Former Nebraska volleyball national champion setter Kelly Hunter will join the Nebraska coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the 2019 season.

Hunter, a two-time national champion with the Huskers in 2015 and 2017, will help coach the setters while finishing her accelerated master’s degree in business administration.

“One of the greatest joys in coaching is having a former player come back and coach in your program,” coach John Cook said in a news release. “Kelly has decided to finish her master’s degree and work with our program this season. Nicklin (Hames) and Nicole (Drewnick) are two of the luckiest setters in the country, as they’ll be able to train with her. Not only will Kelly be in the gym every day, she’ll also be helping us develop leaders in our program. She was one of the best captains we’ve ever had, and now after her experience being away from the program and playing professionally, she’ll have a lot of wisdom to share with our players.”

After graduating from Nebraska in 2018, Hunter played one season professionally in Turkey with Beylikduzu.

“I’m so excited to be back with Nebraska volleyball and working as a graduate assistant,” Hunter said in a news release. “It’s awesome to be a part of a program that supports their former athletes so much. I’ll be working every day with the setters at practice. I’m looking forward to a great season.”

Hunter was named a first-team AVCA All-American, the Big Ten setter of the year and an All-Big Ten selection for the second time in her career following her 2017 senior season. Hunter was also named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke after the Huskers beat Florida in the national title match in 2017.

Hunter finished her career with a 16-1 record in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska’s starting setter, posting the most wins and highest postseason winning percentage by a starting setter in Husker history.

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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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