Nicole Drewnick, a backup setter on the Nebraska volleyball team, has left the program and plans to resume her college career elsewhere. Her name has been added to the NCAA transfer portal, Drewnick confirmed to the Journal Star on Wednesday evening.
Before Nebraska’s season began in January, Drewnick opted out for the season, a move afforded to players while the season is played during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sophomore from Dallas has not been with the team since.
Drewnick graduated from high school a year early to be the Huskers’ backup setter in 2019. She played primarily as a serving substitute that season and finished with two ace serves and 10 assists.
"Nicole has been a great teammate and representative of Nebraska volleyball, and I support her decision and wish her the best moving forward," said Nebraska coach John Cook in a statement.
Cook has known Drewnick since she was about 6 years old because he met with her parents when they were starting a club volleyball program in Dallas.
If Drewnick had rejoined the Husker for the 2021 fall season, she likely would have been behind both returning starter Nicklin Hames and freshman Kennedi Orr on the depth chart. Orr is the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2021 class. Nebraska also has freshman walk-on setter Anni Evans.
— Brent C. Wagner