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Walk-on Johnson leaves Nebraska volleyball team

Walk-on Johnson leaves Nebraska volleyball team

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Freshman walk-on Abby Johnson has left the Nebraska volleyball team, a spokesperson confirmed to the Journal Star on Friday.

Johnson is a 6-foot-4 middle blocker/right-side hitter from Aviston, Illinois.

Johnson was with the team this summer for strength and conditioning workouts, but she left the team sometime during the first week of practice. Her name is now in the NCAA transfer portal, which allows other colleges to recruit her.

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson 

Johnson was viewed as a long-term project, but because of her great size and strength she earned a walk-on offer after attending two Nebraska volleyball camps prior to her senior year of high school.

In joining the Huskers she turned down scholarship offers from Houston and Arkansas State. She also had scholarship offers from several NCAA Division II schools.

For the Huskers, senior Jazz Sweet is a three-year starter at right-side hitter, while Nebraska’s depth at middle blocker is strong with returning starters Lauren Stivrins and Callie Schwarzenbach; graduate transfer Kayla Caffey; and freshman Kalynn Meyer.

The fall volleyball season has been postponed for Nebraska, but coach John Cook hopes the Big Ten teams will play in the spring.

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Husker volleyball/women's basketball 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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