Five Husker Volleyball Players Earn AVCA All-Region Honors

By NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. -- A school-record five Nebraska volleyball players were named to the 2001 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Central Region team, the AVCA announced Wednesday morning. Senior right side hitter Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) earned her third all-region honor, while junior setter Greichaly Cepero (Dorado, Puerto Rico), junior middle blocker Amber Holmquist (Houston, Texas), senior middle blocker Jenny Kropp (Grand Island, Neb.) and junior outside hitter Laura Pilakowski (Columbus, Neb.) were recognized for the second time in their careers.

There are eight AVCA regions, and each has a 12-member all-region team. Players who earn all-region honors then become eligible to receive All-America honors. The Huskers’ five all-region selections tied Florida, which is in the South Region, for the most in the nation. Long Beach State and Colorado State each had four players earn a spot on the West Region squad.

Metcalf, who was also the 1999 and 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the Huskers in kills (4.28 per game), digs (3.12 per game), service aces (36) and double-doubles (13), and she recently joined former U.S. National Team captain Allison Weston as the only two players in Nebraska history to record 1,400 career kills and 375 career total blocks. A two-time AVCA All-American, Metcalf is also a member of the 2001 All-Big 12 first team — the third time she has received the honor in her career.

Cepero was named to the all-region team after guiding the Huskers to a .315 overall hitting percentage, a mark that ranks sixth nationally. Cepero, the 2000 AVCA National Player of the Year, is averaging 12.47 assists, 1.31 kills, 2.26 digs and 1.32 blocks per game. Holmquist, a 2000 AVCA second-team All-American, led the Big 12 with 1.81 blocks per game and a .404 hitting percentage in 2001. Pilakowski, a 2000 AVCA first-team All-American, was the only outside hitter ranked among the league leaders in hitting percentage with a .337 mark in Big 12 matches. Pilakowski ranks second on the team in kills per game (3.39) and double-doubles (eight). Kropp is second on the team with 1.80 blocks per game and a .367 hitting percentage. She has amassed 468 career block assists, which ranks second on the NU career charts.

The second-ranked Nebraska is preparing to play host to the Colorado State, Pepperdine and Florida this weekend as one of four NCAA Regional sites. The Huskers (29-1) will face CSU (29-3) Friday at 7 p.m. at the NU Coliseum, while Pepperdine (23-3) and Florida (27-1) will meet at 5 p.m. The winners will play each other in Saturday’s 7 p.m. regional final match for a berth in the NCAA Final Four, Dec. 13-15, in San Diego.


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