Strange, Fien and Sieckmann Earn National Honors
Sieckmann graduated from Elkhorn South High School early and will participate in the Huskers' upcoming spring drills. She is a two-time Super-State setter who played at both Marian High School and Elkhorn South High School. Considered one of the top prospects nationally in the class of 2012, she has played on the U.S. Youth national team and was part of a Nebraska Junior club team that won the 16-and-under open division at the USA Volleyball junior national tournament last year. An outstanding all-around player, Sieckmann was picked as a MaxPreps Preseason First Team All-American and guided Marian High School to the 2009 Class A state championship, while being named the top sophomore player in the country that year by PrepVolleyball.com. The Crusaders compiled a 112-16 record during the time Sieckmann guided the squad.
Named the No. 19 player in the country by Prepvolleyball.com and among the top five volleyball recruits in California, Fien led her high school and club team with her natural athletic ability. She was also nominated for the Under Armour All-America team and Gatorade Player of the Year in California. Fien is the first player in her high school's history to record 1,000 kills. As a junior, she was named to Prepvolleyball.com's Top-50 Junior list after producing 446 kills, 46 blocks and 289 digs.
Strange is set to join the Huskers from San Clemente High School in San Clemente, Calif., where she led the Tritons to a 20-9 record and a No. 22 ranking in the state of California. Named the No. 46 player in the country by PrepVolleyball.com, Strange has the assets and abilities to make an impact at NU. She was also named to Prepvolleyball.com's Top-50 Junior list. One of the top young sand players in the country, Strange and teammate Mikayla Tucker competed at the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Youth (U-19) World Championships in Croatia in June 2011. Strange has also played club volleyball with Coast Volleyball, the same club that produced such products as Carli Lloyd at California, Juliann Faucette from Texas and many other top players.
Even though the Huskers' spring schedule is not yet complete, they have announced an April 14 home match against Wichita State. The match is set for 5 p.m. at the NU Coliseum and will be played on the same day as the football team's spring game. Tickets can be purchased at Huskers.com, by calling 800-8BIGRED or by stopping by the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.