Kenzie Knuckles has been on championship volleyball teams before, and one day wants to be part of what she calls the legacy of the Nebraska volleyball program, too.

Knuckles, from Yorktown, Indiana, committed to Nebraska on Sunday. She’s only a sophomore in high school, and will be part of the Huskers’ 2019 class.

On her high school team she plays outside hitter and defensive specialist, but because she’s only 5-foot-7 she’ll likely be a libero/defensive specialist at Nebraska.

Knuckles plays club volleyball for Munciana Volleyball, and her club team has won a national championship the past two years.

“I guess I’m just a person who is really competitive and I just want to be the best of the best,” Knuckles said. “I’ve always followed Nebraska volleyball, and last year when they won the championship I just wanted that to be me one day.”

Another one of the Huskers’ committed high school recruits, defensive specialist Megan Miller, comes from the same club program as Knuckles, but is one year older.

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As a freshman, Knuckles helped her high school team to a state runner-up finish. She had 364 kills and 378 digs that season.

Knuckles has also trained with the USA youth national training team.

Illinois and Louisville were the other schools Kunckles was considering.

“Nebraska has always been one of my dreams, and then I went on a visit just to make sure everything was right,” Knuckles said. “I went and everything lived up to it. When I left the visit two weeks ago I knew it was right. Finally, I decided I’m not waiting anymore.”

Nebraska now has four known recruits (both scholarship and walk-ons) for the 2017 class, four recruits for the 2018 class and two for the 2019 class.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.


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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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