Kelly

Hunter

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#3

Setter
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Papillion, Neb.
High School: Papillion-La Vista South
Major: Marketing

Bio

Honors 
• AVCA All-America First Team (2017)
• AVCA All-America Second Team (2016)
• AVCA All-America Honorable Mention (2015)
• PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year (2017)
• PrepVolleyball.com All-America First Team (2017)
• VolleyMob.com National Player of the Year (2017)
• VolleyMob.com All-America First Team (2017)
• NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player (2017)
• NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2015, 2017)
• Big Ten Setter of the Year (2017)
• All-Big Ten Team (2016, 2017)
• AVCA North Region Player of the Year (2017)
• AVCA All-North Region First Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
• Nebraska Best Female Athlete (2017-18, All Sports)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (2017)
• AAU Sullivan Award Finalist (2017)
• Senior CLASS Award Semifinalist (2017)
• Lincoln Regional All-Tournament Team (2016)
• Lexington Regional All-Tournament Team (2015, 2017)
• Big Ten Setter of the Week (eight times)
• Omaha Challenge All-Tournament Team (2017)
• Nebraska Invite MVP (2015)
• Nebraska Invite All-Tournament Team (2016)
• Lobo Classic All-Tournament Team (2016)
• VERT Challenge All-Tournament Team (2015)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Beach-2016, 2017, 2018)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Spring 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)

2017 (Senior)
• Named a first-team AVCA All-American, the Big Ten Setter of the Year and an All-Big Ten selection for the second time in her career and the AVCA North Region Player of the Year
• Received numerous honors from volleyball publications, including National Player of the Year and All-America first-team honors from PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyMob.com
• Was named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke
• Earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team accolades and was named a semifinalist for the Senior CLASS Award
Ended her career with 4,125 assists, the second-most in Husker history...also totaled 699 career postseason assists, the highest total in school history.
• Finished her career with a 16-1 record in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska’s starting setter, posting the most wins and highest postseason winning percentage by a starting setter in Husker history
• Set the Huskers to three NCAA Semifinals and two NCAA Finals, winning both championship matches...also won two Big Ten Championships with the Huskers, becoming the first Husker setter to win back-to-back Big Ten titles
• Had a season-high six kills on a season-best .600 hitting in the NCAA Final win over Florida, to go with 37 assists
• Named to Lexington Regional All-Tournament team after posting a double-double in both matches (35 assists, 10 digs vs. Colorado; 46 assists, 11 digs at Kentucky)
• Had 47 assists, six blocks and a career-high 23 digs against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinals
• Notched 16 double-doubles to bring her career total to 37
• Played her first full match of the season against UCLA on Sept. 8 and had 44 assists
• Posted a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9, and was named Big Ten Setter of the Week following her strong weekend
• Named Big Ten Setter of the Week again on Sept. 25 after 39 assists, nine digs and six kills at Penn State on Sept. 22
• Had a double-double with a season-high 51 assists and 11 digs against Illinois on Oct. 21, while matching her season high in kills with six
• Notched two more double-doubles with 43 assists and 11 digs against Minnesota and 47 assists and 11 digs against Wisconsin on Sept. 29 and 30, respectively
• Tallied 45 assists and 14 digs with five blocks against Michigan State on Oct. 4
• Had a double-double of 44 assists and 13 digs at Purdue on Oct. 13
• Put up 47 assists and 12 digs at Ohio State on Nov. 17
• Had 37 assists and 13 digs at Michigan State on Oct. 27 with three ace serves
• Served a career-best four aces against Maryland on Nov. 8
• Missed the opening weekend of the season with an injury
• Returned to the lineup in the second weekend of the season and played in a 6-2 with setter Hunter Atherton; recorded 20 assists in her season debut against UMBC

2016 (Junior)
• Named an AVCA second-team All-American, AVCA All-North Region and an All-Big Ten setter
• Posted 11.24 assists per set to rank third in the Big Ten and 17th nationally
• Chipped in 26 service aces and had a team-best 10 double-doubles, as she averaged 2.20 digs per set
• Named Big Ten Setter of the Week for the fourth time of the season and sixth time in her career on Nov. 7 after posting a career-high 61 assists, eight digs and five blocks in a 3-2 win at Penn State
• Selected Big Ten Setter of the Week on Oct. 24 after a career-high 65 assists in the 3-2 win over Minnesota
• Voted Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 26 after 53 assists, 10 digs and six blocks in a 3-2 comeback win at Michigan State
• Also chosen Big Ten Setter of the Week on Aug. 29 after 47 assists, 13 digs, seven kills, two aces and two blocks in a win over Florida to open the season
• Had 50 assists and 10 digs in the regional semifinal against Penn State and was a Lincoln Regional All-Tournament Team pick
• Notched a career-high 19 digs to go with 44 assists at Ohio State on Oct. 14
• Selected to the Nebraska Invite All-Tournament Team with a double-double of 25 assists and 10 digs to go with six kills on .857 hitting against Oregon State on Sept. 3
• Made the Lobo Classic All-Tournament Team with 12.00 assists per set, 2.33 digs per set and 1.33 kills per set on .727 hitting
• Had 48 assists and 12 digs at Minnesota on Nov. 23
• Tallied a double-double of 36 assists and 15 digs vs. Penn State on Nov. 16
• Had 42 assists at Iowa, a season high in a three-set match

2017 Beach Volleyball
• Went 6-6 with partner Lauren Stivrins playing as Nebraska's No. 3 pair
• Earned a victory against No. 7 Arizona and No. 11 Arizona State 

2015 (Sophomore)
• Named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after posting 42 assists, four digs and three blocks in the championship win against Texas
• Earned AVCA All-America honorable mention and was an AVCA All-North Region selection
• Led the Huskers with 11.64 assists per set and totaled 1,501 on the season, third-most in the nation
• Posted 50 or more assists eight times
• Had 10 double-doubles on the season, including a season-high 17 digs to go with 55 assists vs. Minnesota on Oct. 23
• Had a season-high 57 assists with nine kills and seven digs in a 3-2 comeback win vs. Oregon on Sept. 5
• Posted a career-high six blocks at Illinois on Oct. 17
• Tallied 51 assists, 14 digs and four blocks in a five-set win at Michigan State on Nov. 11
• Posted 54 assists, four kills and three digs in her first-career NCAA Tournament match, a 3-1 win over Harvard
• Earned Big Ten Setter of the Week on Aug. 31 following 50 assists, eight kills, 11 digs and three blocks in a win over Pittsburgh
• Named Big Ten Setter of the Week for a second time on Nov. 23 after recording 12.71 assists per set in wins against Michigan and Indiana
• Was named the Nebraska Invitational MVP
• Selected to the VERT Challenge All-Tournament Team

2016 Beach Volleyball
• Went 6-6 with partner Kadie Rolfzen playing as Nebraska's No. 1 pair for most of the season
• Finished fifth in the gold bracket of the Hawaii Invite
• Earned a victory against No. 20 Loyola Marymount

2014 (Redshirt)
• Redshirted in her second season as a Husker
• Earned academic All-Big Ten honors

2015 Beach Volleyball
• Went 4-2 with partner Kadie Rolfzen playing as Nebraska's No. 2 pair in most matches
• Beat No. 1 Hawaii's No. 4 pair and defeated No. 19 Grand Canyon's No. 3 pair

2013 (Freshman)
• Played in 16 matches in 2013
• Saw action at setter early in the season as the Huskers used a 6-2 offense
• Totaled 14 assists in her collegiate debut against Louisiana-Monroe and notched a double-double with 10 digs
• Posted 19 assists against Auburn and Saint Louis on Aug. 31
• Also recorded three aces against Auburn

2014 Beach Volleyball
• Redshirted

Before Nebraska
• Joined the Huskers from Papillion-La Vista South High School in Papillion, Nebraska
• Honored with the 2013 Andi Collins Award, presented to the top high school setter in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com
• Named a 2013 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection
• Ranked as the No. 13 player in the country by PrepVolleyball.com
• Named a 2012-13 AVCA Second-Team Under Armour All-American
• Led Papillion-La Vista South to three consecutive state titles and two undefeated seasons as well as the 2010 and 2011 MaxPreps and ESPN Rise national titles
• Posted 861 total assists, 225 digs and 62 total blocks as a senior
• Named a first-team All-American by PrepVolleyball.com in 2011 and 2012, as well as a Senior Ace, and was a candidate for Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2011
• Was also honored as a member of PrepVolleyball.com's Top 50 Juniors list
• Was a member of the USA Youth National Team
• Was a member of PrepVolleyball.com's Soph 59 list in 2010
• Was a three-time first team all-state selection by the Omaha World-Herald (2010-12)

Personal
• Born in Omaha, Neb.
• Parents are Jeff and Lori Hunter
• Mother, Lori (Melcher) Hunter, was a Husker setter from 1977-1980; father, Jeff, played in the Boston Red Sox organization from 1980-1982; sister, Lindsey, played at Missouri from 2002-2005 and was a U.S. National Team member
• Major was management/marketing
• Earned a bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017

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N'Side Nebraska Show - Segment 3 - May 27
Kelly Hunter Press Conference - 8/15/13