Honors & Awards
University of Nebraska Graduate (December, 2007)
Two-Time AVCA All-American (2005, 2007)
Two-time First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American (2005, 2007)
Two-time First-Team All-Big 12 (2005, 2007)
2005 AVCA National Player of the Year
2005 Honda Award Finalist
2007 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
Two-time First-Team Academic All-Big 12
2007 Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament MVP
2007 Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament Team
2007 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Aug, 27)
2007 Second-Team AVCA All-American
2005 First-Team AVCA All-American
Two-Time First-Team AVCA All-Central Region (2005, 2007)
2005 NCAA Omaha Regional Most Outstanding Player
2005 NCAA Omaha Regional All-Tournament Team
2005 First-Team All-Big 12
2005-06 Big 12 Female Athlete-of-the-Year Finalist
2005 AVCA Showcase Most Valuable Player
2005 AVCA Showcase All-Tournament Team
2005 AVCA National Player of the Week (Aug. 29)
2005 Big 12 Player of the Week (Aug. 29)
2005 Players Challenge All-Tournament Team
2005 USA Volleyball A2 National Team
2003 Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team
Eight-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Member
Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12
Highest Honors Medallion (2005-07)
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Rep. (2004)
Senior Houghtelling returned to All-America form, as she was a second-team AVCA All-American selection after missing all of the 2006 season following shoulder and knee surgery Averaged 3.02 kills, 3.95 digs and 0.30 service aces per game, ranking eighth in the Big 12 in digs and 10th in service aces Named the 2007 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, she led all conference outside hitters in digs, as her 3.95 digs per game ranked third on the Huskers’ single-season charts Totaled 10 double-doubles on the year, highlighted by a 14 kills on .609 hitting and 19 digs in a sweep at Oklahoma on Oct. 13 Finished her career with 1,009 kills to rank 19th on NU’s career list, reaching the 1,000 kill mark in her career in the NCAA Regional Semifinal against Michigan State Helped Nebraska to four Big 12 titles in her career, as well as two NCAA Final Fours Picked up her team-high 10th double-double of the year in the regular-season finale on Nov. 24 against Texas Tech with 10 kills on 20 swings, 10 digs and three service aces Led NU with 17 digs and added eight kills on .412 hitting in a sweep at Baylor on Nov. 21 Helped the Huskers to a sweep of No. 22 Oklahoma on Nov. 17 with 11 kills on .333 hitting, three blocks and a match-high 16 digs Collected her eighth double-double of the season with 11 kills on .421 hitting and 16 digs in a sweep of Colorado on Nov. 7 Recorded a career-high 26 digs along with four blocks and seven kills in a five-game win at No. 12 Kansas State on Nov. 3 Totaled 14 kills without an error on a season-best .609 hitting and a match-high 19 digs at No. 25 Oklahoma on Oct. 13 Led NU with a season-high 19 kills on .410 hitting and 11 digs in a sweep at Colorado on Oct. 6 Totaled had 12 kills on .526 hitting and a match-high 16 digs in a sweep of Baylor on Sept. 29 Selected as MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge hitting .535 and averaging 4.17 kills, 3.00 digs and 0.67 blocks per game in sweeps of No. 11 Duke and New Mexico State Recorded a 15 kills on .519 hitting and nine digs against New Mexico State on Sept 8 Collected 10 kills on a season-best .562 hitting and nine digs against No. 11 Duke on Sept. 7 Totaled 12 kills and hit .379 against with eight digs No. 17 Cal Poly on Sept. 3 Pick up a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs in a sweep of No. 3 Penn State on Sept. 2 Turned in one of her best efforts against fifth-ranked UCLA with a career-high 23 digs and 10 kills on Aug. 25, earning Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors.
2006: Medical Redshirt
Houghtelling took a medical redshirt after missing all of the 2006 season after surgery on her right shoulder and left knee in July.
Houghtelling emerged as one of the nation’s top players, leading the Huskers to an NCAA runner-up finish Chosen as the AVCA National Player of the Year after averaging 3.69 kills, 2.49 digs and 1.03 blocks per game Earned first-team All-America and All-Big 12 laurels after ranking among the Big 12 leaders in kills (10th) and hitting percentage (.375, fifth) Also shined in the classroom, earning first-team academic All-America honors, joining Sarah Pavan to give NU two first-team selections Tied for the team lead with six double-doubles - including a 19-kill, 20-dig performance against Kansas State on Nov. 19 Topped NU in kills 13 times and hit .400 or better 19 times in 35 matches Was at her best in Nebraska’s toughest matches, averaging 4.00 kills, 2.54 digs and 1.29 blocks per game in seven matches against top-10 teams Chosen the Omaha Regional’s Most Outstanding Player, hitting .511 with 27 kills and two errors in sweeps of UCLA and Florida Had a match-high 18 kills on .615 hitting, while adding five blocks and seven digs against the fourth-ranked Gators on Dec. 11 Established career bests in digs (20) and blocks (six) while totaling a match-high 19 kills in a victory over Kansas State on Nov. 19 Led NU’s five-game comeback over No. 12 Missouri on Nov. 13 with 19 kills on .405 hitting and nine digs Set a career high with six blocks, while adding a match-high nine digs and eight kills at Texas Tech on Oct. 26 Enjoyed one of her best matches at Oklahoma on Sept. 28, recording a career-high 20 kills on .405 hitting while also chipping in 10 digs against the Sooners Recorded her first double-double of the year against No. 4 Penn State on Sept. 11 with 12 kills on .476 hitting and 14 digs Claimed MVP honors at the AVCA Showcase, averaging 4.83 kills on .404 hitting, 2.33 digs and 1.67 blocks per game in sweeps over No. 4 Hawaii and No. 3 Stanford.
Houghtelling enjoyed a breakthrough season, appearing in 30 of NU’s 32 matches following left knee surgery in the spring of 2004 Averaged 2.90 kills and 2.34 digs per game while splitting duty with Dani Mancuso Was seventh in the Big 12 with 0.34 service aces/game, matching her career high with four against No. 10 Texas on Nov. 24 Had 10 or more kills 13 times, including a season-high 17 kills in a sweep of Missouri on Nov. 17 Finished with a .739 hitting percentage (17-0-23), as her 17 kills were the single-highest match total without an error in school history Had 13 kills on .500 hitting (13-2-22) in a sweep of No. 24 Kansas on Sept. 29 Picked up her first double-double with 12 kills, 13 digs and three aces against Baylor on Oct. 6 Played one of her best matches of the year against No. 10 Texas on Nov. 24 with 10 kills, seven digs and four aces in a sweep of the Longhorns Provided an offensive spark during the NCAA Tournament, averaging 3.38 kills and 3.15 digs per game while posting three double-doubles Had 15 kills, 11 digs and four blocks in NU’s second-round win over Wichita State on Dec. 3 Totaled 24 kills and 24 digs in two regional matches, including a career-high 14 digs in the regional title match against USC on Dec. 11 Earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors.
Houghtelling enjoyed a strong debut season despite being sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury Averaged 1.67 kills while hitting .257 in 16 matches Named to the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 2.00 kills, 0.80 blocks and 0.40 service aces per game Came off the bench to post a season-high nine kills and seven digs against Georgia Tech on Sept. 14 Tallied at least eight kills three times, including eight kills on .462 hitting against Texas Tech on Sept. 28 Led the Big 12 with 0.57 service aces per game before her injury, including four aces in a win at Texas on Sept. 20 Earned a place on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in both semesters.
Houghtelling was a four-year standout in three sports at Cambridge High School, earning the Omaha World-Herald Nebraska Girls High School Athlete-of-the-Year Award in 2003 Shared the Lincoln Journal Star’s High School Athlete-of-the-Year Award with former NU teammate Dani Busboom Was a two-time all-state pick in volleyball and became NU’s first scholarship volleyball recruit from Cambridge Recorded 434 kills on .539 hitting to lead Cambridge to a 20-9 record and a state tourney appearance in 2002, earning first-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star Dominated on the basketball court, averaging 27.1 points on 73 percent shooting and 13.5 rebounds per game to lead CHS to the Class D-1 state tournament in 2003 Earned Super-State accolades in hoops from the Journal Star in both 2001 and 2002 and was offered a basketball scholarship at NU Swept the all-class gold medals in both the high jump and triple jump in 2002 and 2003 Carried a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career.