Husker volleyball’s Madi Kubik, Kenzie Knuckles not returning for fifth season
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two Nebraska volleyball seniors will forgo their fifth season of eligibility.
Madi Kubik and Kenzie Knuckles made the announcement during a Tuesday press conference.
“It’s like a family to me, and it’s so hard saying goodbye to it,” Knuckles said.
Both could have come back for one more season, as student-athletes were granted an extra year of eligibility because of COVID-19.
“I think it’s been an awesome four years that I’ve got to compete here, and I’ve absolutely loved my career,” Kubik said.
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Just this week, Kubik was named the Big Ten volleyball player of the week for her performance in Sunday’s sweep against Purdue, in which she put up a season-high 17 kills.
Kubik has earned several awards during her time at Nebraska, including being part of the All-Big Ten First Team in 2021.
Knuckles has also garnered her fair share of accolades, even earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2019.
Nebraska hopes to fill the hole left by the two stars with its class of 2023 recruits, which includes five players ranked in the top 13 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com.
“I think that we have so many players that are coming in and so many underclassmen right now that are in a position to lead, and they deserve that,” Knuckles said.
The Huskers have two games left in the regular season, including one against conference rival Wisconsin on Friday.
Nebraska will end its season with a match against Minnesota on Saturday.