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Three Huskers Named to AVCA All-Region Team

By NU Athletic Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - Three Nebraska volleyball student-athletes were named to the AVCA All-North Region Team on Tuesday.

Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Lauren Stivrins were named to the All-Region Team, while Nicklin Hames received honorable mention. The three Huskers are now eligible for AVCA All-America awards, which will be announced next week. Last week, Foecke, Maloney and Stivrins were also named to the All-Big Ten Team.

Foecke earned her fourth straight AVCA All-Region honor, becoming the third Husker in program history to earn four all-region honors, joining Sarah Pavan and Kadie Rolfzen The senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa leads the Huskers with 3.74 kills per set and adds 2.63 digs per set with a team-high 42 service aces this season. Her current kills per set average is Nebraska’s best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45). The two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season, and she has climbed to No. 4 on Nebraska's career kills list and is No. 8 in career aces. Foecke was an AVCA Second-Team All-American last year and is one of 10 NCAA Senior CLASS Award finalists this year. 

Maloney, a senior libero, was selected to the AVCA All-Region Team for the first time. The Husker co-captain is averaging a team-best 4.07 digs per set and has played an instrumental role in leading the Huskers to a nation-leading .132 opponent hitting percentage this season. The Louisville, Kentucky native ranks sixth in NU career history in digs. Maloney posted a career-high 25 digs twice this season, and she was named the most valuable player of the Husker Invite and the best libero at the Ameritas Players Challenge. Maloney's 35 service aces are the third-most on the team this year.

Stivrins, a sophomore middle blocker, also earned her first career AVCA All-Region honor. Stivrins was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was also the Big Ten Player of the Week once this season. Stivrins is averaging 2.29 kills per set on a team-best .411 hitting percentage, which ranks fifth in the nation. It is NU's highest individual hitting percentage since 2007 (Tracy Stalls, .473). Stivrins added serving to her repertoire this season and has 25 aces. 

Hames a 5-10 setter from Maryville, Tennessee, made the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and received all-region honorable mention after averaging 10.32 assists and 3.28 digs per set this season. She also ranks second on the team in aces with 38. Hames has a team-high 21 double-doubles, the second-most by a Husker in the rally-scoring era, trailing only Jordan Larson’s 22 double-doubles in 2006. Hames was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season.

NORTH REGION

Name School Pos. Year
 Mikaela Foecke****  Nebraska  OH  Sr.
 Alexis Hart***  Minnesota  OH  Jr.
 Jenna Lerg  Michigan  L  Sr.
 Kenzie Maloney  Nebraska  L  Sr.
 Taylor Morgan  Minnesota  MB  RS-Jr.
 Courtney Pence  Illinois State  L  Sr.
 Regan Pittman  Minnesota  MB  RS-So.
 Erika Pritchard  Maryland  OH  So.
 Adanna Rollins  Minnesota  OH  Fr.
 Stephanie Samedy**  Minnesota  RS  So.
 Samantha Seliger-Swenson****  Minnesota  S  Sr.
 Carly Skjodt**  Michigan  OH  Sr.
 Lauren Stivrins  Nebraska  MB  So.
 Jordan Thompson**  Cincinnati  OH  RS-Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Name School Pos. Year
 Giorgia Civita  Wichita State  L  So.
 Nicklin Hames  Nebraska  S  Fr.
 Stef Jankiewicz  Illinois State  S  So.
 Paige Jones  Michigan  OH  Fr.
 Nia Robinson  Northwestern  OH  So.
 Taylor Wolf  Wisconsin Green-Bay  MB  OH


Player of the Year: 
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota, S

Freshman of the Year: Adanna Rollins, Minnesota, OH

Coach of the Year: Hugh McCutcheon, Minnesota

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