KLKN Sports Staff


LINCOLN, Neb. - Brooke Smith is back on the court for Nebraska volleyball.

The senior graduate transfer finally was able to play Sunday against Iowa State after a long battle with the NCAA to be granted eligibility. 

"So that's a battle my family and I have been fighting for a while," Smith said. "And it was really exciting to be able to check into a game and wear my husker uniform again. It feels like it's been way too long. And the crowd gave me a nice welcome. There's no place like Nebraska."

Smith played her first two seasons in college with Nebraska, winning a national championship back in 2015. She transferred to Kansas State last season, but returned to the Big Red for her final year of college. 

And Sunday was a long time coming, according to coach John Cook. 

"The crowd loves it," Cook said. "She loves it. She brings great energy. Our team needs that because we have a lot of quiet players. She's very experienced. She's been through it. She's been on national championship teams. So Brook lives for those moments I think."

Nebraska returns to action this weekend with a pair of matches on Friday and then one on Saturday.