Honors and Awards
However, Nebraska Coach John Cook said that it will be Holmquist’ offensive numbers that will factor more prominently into NU’s 2002 success. Holmquist owns an amazing .393 career hitting percentage, which ranks second on the Husker career charts, and a career 2.73 kills-per-game average. With the departure of All-Americans Nancy Metcalf (Meendering) and Jenny Kropp, Holmquist will be asked to shoulder a much heavier offensive load.
Cook will also ask Holmquist, who is the only middle blocker on the 2002 roster who has seen significant playing time, to provide leadership to an inexperienced group that includes three freshmen.
2001: Junior Season
Offensively, Holmquist produced 271 kills while swinging at a team-best .388 clip, a mark that tied for eighth on the NU single-season charts. Holmquist was also the 2001 Big 12 hitting percentage champion (.375), marking the second straight season she had earned the honor, and she ranked 13th nationally in that category.
Holmquist hit for a .333 percentage or better in 22 of Nebraska’s 33 matches, including seven performances of .600 or better and 18 of .400 or better. She tied her career high against Missouri Oct. 3, notching 10 kills with one error on 12 attacks (.750).
Holmquist, who opened the season hitting .391 or better in seven of NU’s first eight matches, was named the AVCA Division I Player of the Week Sept. 10 after totaling 32 kills on 44 swings with single-match hitting percentages of .600, .529 and .647, as NU defeated No. 15 Pepperdine, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 7 UCLA in the US Bank/Arby’s Classic Sept. 7-9. She was also named to the State Farm/NACWAA All-Tournament team after hitting .600 against Hawaii Aug. 24 and .391 against Pacific Aug. 25.
Holmquist finished the 2001 season ranked second all-time in career hitting percentage (.393) third in block assists (475), sixth in total blocks (531) and 12th in solo blocks (56).
Holmquist was recognized with AVCA First-Team All-America honors in 2001, as well as first-team All-Big 12 honors.
2000: Sophomore Season
Holmquist added her name to the Husker record books in both categories. She smashed three NU single-season records during the final four weeks of the season, setting new marks in block assists (199), total blocks (220) and blocks per game (1.98). Holmquist became just the third Husker to hit .400 or better in a single season, as she ranks second on that chart with a .406 hitting percentage in 2000.
Holmquist also broke two Big 12 Conference records. She set a new league record with 16 total blocks at Texas Oct. 22 and she broke the Big 12 blocks-per-game record with a 2.14 average. The previous mark was 1.79. Holmquist broke the Big 12 single-season hitting percentage record set by Colorado’s Kelly Campbell in 1998.
In conference matches, Holmquist hit .450 and totaled 3.39 kills per game and 2.14 blocks per game. She hit .500 or higher in 14 matches and hit .600 or higher six times. From Sept. 30 to Oct. 18, Holmquist produced an amazing six-match stretch in which she hit .522, .667, .750, .500, .500 and .688. She averaged .387 at the net against ranked opponents.
Holmquist played one of her best matches Nov. 8 in the Huskers’ four-game win at Texas A&M. The Houston native pounded a career-best 26 kills on a .550 hitting percentage while posting 11 blocks in the regionally televised match.
A second-team AVCA All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection, Holmquist joined NU setter Greichaly Cepero as the only players in the conference to win the player-of-the-week award twice. Holmquist also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2000.
1999: Freshman Season
She led the Huskers and the Big 12 Conference with a .373 hitting percentage and ranked second averaging 1.72 blocks per game in league matches. Her .373 percentage would have ranked 18th nationally if she had met the NCAA minimum for attacks.
For the season, she had 154 kills for an average of 2.23 kills per game, the second-highest average on the team. She had 121 blocks on the year, third-best on the team, and the fourth-highest total ever by an NU freshman.
Holmquist had 11 matches with six or more blocks, but saved her best two block totals for the end of the season with a season-high 10 against San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and nine blocks against UC Santa Barbara in the regional semifinals.
Offensively, Holmquist hit .419 over the final nine matches. She had six matches with double-figure kills, with four of those performances coming in the last five matches. She was nearly perfect in NU’s match at Oklahoma, recording eight kills on 11 attacks for a season-high .727 hitting percentage.
She was named the 1998 All-Greater Houston Player of the Year after leading Alief Hastings High School to the state semifinals. A Texas all-state selection, Holmquist was nominated for Texas Athlete-of-the-Year honors after recording 461 kills, 81 solo blocks, 216 assists, 277 digs and 44 service aces during her senior season. A three-time first-team all-district honoree, Holmquist earned first-team All-Greater Houston honors as a junior and was named second team as a sophomore. A standout basketball player, she earned first-team all-district honors as a senior. She graduated with a 3.98 GPA and was an academic all-state selection. Her sister, Kendra, is a non-competing junior at Nebraska, while her grandparents live in Wausa, Neb.