Huskers Face Texas in Final Four

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The top-seeded Nebraska volleyball team continues its quest for a repeat national title with an NCAA Semifinal match against the fourth-seeded Texas Longhorns on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (CT) at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The match will be televised on ESPN and streamed online at WatchESPN.com. It will follow the other NCAA Semifinal, second-seeded Minnesota and sixth-seeded Stanford, which begins at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. Husker Sports Network will broadcast the NU-Texas match statewide on Husker Sports Network affiliate stations, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. John Baylor and Diane Mendenhall will call the action. Lauren Cook will report from the sidelines.

The Huskers (31-2) – making their 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA Semifinals and fifth back-to-back trips – are aiming to become the first team in program history to win back-to-back national championships. Standing in the way on Thursday is Texas, the team Nebraska swept in Omaha in 2015 for its fourth national title.

Nebraska showed every bit of its championship quality to reach the final four for a second straight season. In last weekend’s regional semifinal, the Huskers needed to beat 16th-seeded Penn State for a third time this season to move on. After allowing Penn State late comeback wins in sets one and two, the Huskers stared at elimination down 24-22 in the third set. But the Huskers found a way to survive two match points. Amber Rolfzen got a kill and a block with Kelly Hunter, and Mikaela Foecke smashed two kills to dig the Huskers out of a huge hole.

The momentum from that comeback carried the Huskers through to a 3-2 comeback win against the Nittany Lions, and Nebraska rolled Washington in the regional final to qualify for Columbus. After trailing the third set to Penn State 24-22, the Huskers outscored Penn State and Washington by a combined 119-72 the rest of the weekend and only trailed for a total of 13 rallies.

Texas (26-4) reached the final four for a fifth straight season with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-11 sweep of Creighton in the Austin Regional Final. The Longhorns also faced a dire situation in their regional semifinal match, trailing BYU 11-5 in the fifth set. But Texas went on a 7-1 run to tie the set at 12-12 and eventually squeezed out a 16-14 win.

About the Huskers

• The reigning national champion Huskers are aiming to become the first Husker team to repeat as national champions, as the three previous NCAA title teams (1995, 2000, 2006) came up short of a repeat. This year’s NCAA Championship is set for December 15-17 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

• Nebraska won the Big Ten Conference title this season for the first time since 2011. Its 18-2 Big Ten record marked its most wins in the conference since joining in 2011.

• Nebraska is the top seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. This season marks the fifth time Nebraska has been the No. 1 overall seed since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1998. The Huskers won national titles in 2000 and 2006 as the top overall seed, were runners-up in 2005 as the No. 1 seed and reached a regional final in 2004.

• The Huskers are making their 35th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and last weekend hosted a regional for the 15th time in program history, but for only the second time since 2003.

• Nebraska is making its 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA Semifinals with a 7-5 record in its previous trips. The Huskers are trying to reach their eighth all-time NCAA title match.

• The Huskers were ranked No. 1 in 12 of 15 AVCA Coaches Polls this season but enter the NCAA Tournament ranked second.

• Nebraska Head Coach John Cook was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, while Kelly Hunter, Amber Rolfzen, Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes were on the All-Big Ten team. Wong-Orantes was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Mikaela Foecke and Briana Holman received honorable mention.

• All six of the players were on the AVCA All-North Region team, while Cook was the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year, his fifth career region coaching honor.

• Nebraska leads all Big Ten teams in opponent hitting percentage (.142) and ranks fourth in the nation. The Huskers’ .142 clip is their lowest opponent hitting percentage since 2005 (.126).

• Nebraska averages 14.43 kills per set this season to rank first in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation.

• The Huskers are hitting .290 as a team, which ranks third in the Big Ten and sixth nationally.

• Nebraska’s .886 win percentage under Cook is the best by any program since Cook took over in 2000.

• Nebraska has won 31 matches this season, marking the 10th time in his 17 years that Cook’s Huskers have reached at least 25 wins.

Nebraska vs. Washington Post-Match Notes

• Nebraska (31-2) advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight season and for the 13th time in school history. The Huskers’ 13 NCAA Semifinals appearances rank second in NCAA history.

• John Cook is taking Nebraska to the NCAA Semifinals for the seventh time in his 17 seasons.

• The Huskers held Washington to 47 total points in the match, the second-fewest points allowed in an NCAA Regional Final in the rally-scoring era, which dates back to 2001. The fewest points ever allowed in a regional final were 46 by Stanford in a sweep of Hawaii in 2008.

• Nebraska won its 10th straight NCAA Tournament match, tying for the longest postseason win streak in program history (also 10 straight wins in 2000-01).

• Cook improved to 61-13 in NCAA Tournament play as Nebraska’s head coach. In 17 seasons at Nebraska, Cook has led the Huskers to more postseason victories than all but eight other teams in NCAA history.

• Including his time at Wisconsin, Cook notched his 69th career NCAA Tournament win, a total that ranks fifth in NCAA history and fourth among active coaches.

• The Huskers won their 13th straight home match and finished the year with an 18-1 home record. The 18 wins are Nebraska’s most since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center and are the most home wins overall for NU since the 2007 season.

• Nebraska improved to 70-6 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament, including a 16-2 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

• The match attendance was 8,355, giving the Huskers a total attendance of 155,986 this season, the highest mark in program history.

• NU also had the highest average home attendance in school history in 2016 with an average of 8,210 fans per match.

• The Huskers have won 48 of their last 51 home NCAA Tournament matches, including eight straight.

• Nebraska improved to 15-2 against ranked opponents this season, including 5-1 vs. top-10 foes.

• The Huskers improved to 6-2 all-time against Washington with their fourth straight win vs. the Huskies. All four wins during the streak have come in the postseason, as Nebraska is 5-2 against Washington in the NCAA Tournament, including a 3-0 record in NCAA Regional Finals.

• NU never trailed by more than two points in the match, and the Huskers have yet to trail by more than two points in any of their four NCAA Tournament matches.

• Nebraska hit .437 in the match, its third-highest total of the season and its first time hitting .400 or above since October 16.

• Six of the seven Huskers who took a swing against Washington hit above .350.

• NU held Washington to an .088 attack percentage, the Huskies’ lowest mark of the year. It marked the only time this season Washington has been held below a .131 attack percentage.

• The Huskers also held the Huskies to a season-low 26 kills.

• Senior Andie Malloy produced her 12th match this season with double-figure kills, and her second straight. Malloy totaled 15 kills, including 10 kills on 16 error-free swings in the first two sets. In two matches at the NCAA Lincoln Regional, Malloy finished with 28 kills.

• Senior Kadie Rolfzen was named the Lincoln Region Most Outstanding Player, while Malloy and junior setter Kelly Hunter were also named to the all-region team.

Scouting Texas

• Texas is 26-4 overall and earned the fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns went 14-2 in the Big 12 to finish one match behind Kansas in the conference standings.

• Texas is second nationally in hitting percentage (.311) and is 156th in opponent hitting percentage at .199. The Longhorns are strong up front, ranking 32nd nationally in blocks per set at 2.55. Their 14.29 digs per set, however, rank 204th nationally.

• Outside hitter Micaya White was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection. She leads the Longhorns with 4.06 kills per set on .274 hitting this season. She also adds 2.18 digs per set and has served a team-high 24 aces. In four NCAA Tournament matches, White has 56 kills (4.00 per set) and 50 digs (3.57 per set).

• Ebony Nwanebu and Paulina Prieto Cerame were also unanimous selections to the All-Big 12 First Team. Nwanebu averages 3.70 kills per set on .384 hitting – which ranks 24th in the nation – while Prieto Cerame adds 3.53 kills per set on .276 hitting. White, Nwanebu and Prieto Cerame have combined for 78 percent of Texas’ kills this season.

• Setter Chloe Collins also appeared on the All-Big 12 First Team. Collins averages 11.57 assists per set for the Longhorns, which ranks ninth nationally, and has served 23 aces.

Series History

• Nebraska is 32-22 all-time against Texas and is 2-2 in NCAA Tournament matches against the Longhorns. Both of the Huskers’ NCAA Tournament wins over the Longhorns have been NCAA Championship matches – in 1995 and 2015.

• Until last year’s national title match, Texas had won five straight matches against the Huskers and nine of the previous 10 meetings dating back to 2008. But the Huskers’ sweep in Omaha last December for their fourth NCAA title turned the tide, and Nebraska has now swept Texas in two straight matches.

• Nebraska swept Texas 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 at the VERT Challenge in Eugene, Oregon on August 27. That was the second match of the season for both teams. In that match, Kadie Rolfzen had 11 kills and 11 digs, and Amber Rolfzen had 10 kills as five Huskers tallied at least seven kills on the night. The Huskers hit .304 and held Texas to .140 hitting. The Longhorns haven’t hit under .200 in any other match this season.

• Texas freshman sensation Micaya White had just three kills on -.143 hitting in that match, but since then she has gone on to lead the Longhorns with 4.06 kills per set on .274 hitting this season. She has posted no fewer than seven kills in any other match this season and has been in double-figure kills in 26 of 30 matches.

Coaches

• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 17th season at Nebraska and 24th overall season as a head coach. Cook is 499-64 at NU and 660-137 overall. Cook is 19-11 overall against Texas and 18-11 as head coach at Nebraska.

• Jerritt Elliott is in his 16th season as head coach at Texas and his 18th season overall as a head coach. Elliott is 405-92 while leading the Longhorns and 455-104 in his career.

Wong-Orantes Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Again

• Senior libero Justine Wong-Orantes was voted the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and also earned All-Big Ten and AVCA All-North Region selections.

• Wong-Orantes is averaging 4.24 digs per set this season to lead the back row, which has helped the Huskers outdig their opponents in 27 of 33 matches this season.

• Wong-Orantes broke Kayla Banwarth’s Nebraska career digs record this season – she currently has 1,879 – and also set a new single-match school record with 35 digs against Minnesota on October 23, surpassing the previous record of 34 by Maria Hedbeck in 1993.

• Wong-Orantes also broke Banwarth’s career postseason digs record with 24 digs against TCU in the second round, and her 24 digs tied the Nebraska school record for digs in a three-set postseason match, also held by Banwarth. Wong-Orantes has 285 digs in 18 career NCAA Tournament matches.

• Banwarth is the starting libero for the U.S. Women’s National Team, and Wong-Orantes is trending on that path. Wong-Orantes played with the U.S. Women’s National Team at the Pan American Cup over the summer, averaging 4.8 digs per set while helping the Americans to the bronze medal.

• Wong-Orantes was a third-team AVCA All-American as a junior in 2015, leading the Huskers to the national title with 4.55 digs per set and 555 total digs, the third-most by a Husker in school history.

Kadie Rolfzen Earns Fourth Career All-Big Ten Selection

• Senior outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team this season, making her the third Husker in program history to earn four first-team all-conference honors at Nebraska. The others were Sarah Pavan (2004-07) and Greichaly Cepero (1999-2002), both in the Big 12 Conference.

• Rolfzen was also an AVCA All-North Region selection, making her the first Husker since Pavan to receive four all-region honors at Nebraska. Rolfzen, a first-team All-American in 2015, will look to join Pavan as the only four-time All-Americans in program history when awards come out next week.

• Rolfzen also was named Nebraska volleyball’s first CoSIDA Academic All-America selection since 2012 with a first-team honor. Her distinction is the nation-leading 38th by a Nebraska volleyball palyer all-time, and she is the 21st first teamer.

• Rolfzen leads the Huskers with 3.19 kills per set and adds 2.53 digs per set. She has 47 career double-doubles, has served a career-best 25 aces this season and is hitting .299, the best percentage in her standout career.

• An NCAA Senior CLASS Award finalist, Rolfzen ranks sixth in school history with 1,558 career kills and is seventh in career digs with 1,241. She joins Jordan Larson as the only Huskers to rank in the top seven in career kills and digs.

• Rolfzen was named Big Ten Player of the Week on October 17 after posting 21 kills and 11 digs at Ohio State and nine kills and eight digs at Maryland.

• Rolfzen is one of five Huskers all-time with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

• Rolfzen was named the most valuable player at the Nebraska Invite, Lobo Classic, Ameritas Players Challenge and NCAA Lincoln Regional.

• Rolfzen was not only productive on the court in 2015, she excelled off of it. The graphic design major posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2015-16 to earn Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.

Amber Rolfzen Named to All-Big Ten Team for Second Time at Middle Blocker

• Senior Amber Rolfzen switched positions to middle blocker before her junior season in 2015, and the result has been back-to-back All-Big Ten honors and AVCA All-North Region honors for the 2015 AVCA second-team All-American.

• Rolfzen is averaging 1.96 kills per set and a team-high 1.40 blocks per set this season while hitting .323. Rolfzen ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally in blocks per set.

• In just two seasons as a middle blocker, Rolfzen ranks fifth on NU’s career block assists chart with 499 and ranks sixth in school history in career blocks with 550. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice this season and five times in her career.

• Rolfzen picked up a plethora of awards the week following her standout performances vs. Wisconsin and Minnesota on October 21 and 23, respectively. Rolfzen had a career-high 16 kills in both of those matches and hit .560 with nine total blocks. She was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, espnW National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week.

• Rolfzen was named to the All-America Second Team and the All-Big Ten Team after posting 1.58 blocks per set in 2015, which led the Big Ten and ranked fourth nationally. Her block average was the best by a Husker since Melissa Elmer’s school-record 2.17 in 2005.

• Rolfzen was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after 10 kills and four blocks with a .625 hitting percentage in the championship win over Texas.

Hunter Leads Huskers, Receives First All-Conference Honor

• Despite being in her first season as the Huskers’ starting setter last year, Kelly Hunter was picked as one of the team captains. Now a junior, Hunter is the Huskers’ lone captain as selected by head coach John Cook.

• Hunter was named to the All-Big Ten team this season, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She also received AVCA All-North Region accolades for the second time in her career.

• Hunter has had a standout year, posting 11.21 assists per set to rank third in the Big Ten. An all-around contributor, Hunter has chipped in 26 service aces and has a team-best 10 double-doubles, averaging 2.20 digs per set.

• Hunter was named Big Ten Setter of the Week four times this season, giving her six career awards. She set a career high with 61 assists at Penn State on November 4.

• The Papillion, Nebraska native guided the Huskers to the national title in 2015 and received AVCA All-America honorable mention. She was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after posting 42 assists, four digs and three blocks in the championship match.

Foecke in Rare Company

• Mikaela Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player last season, becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor, after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

• This season, Foecke is averaging 2.89 kills per set and is hitting at a .303 clip, significantly outpacing her .277 average as a freshman.

• Foecke, who made the AVCA All-North Region team and received All-Big Ten honorable mention, played a pivotal role in big matches this season, just like she did as a freshman. Foecke posted 20 kills against No. 3 Minnesota on October 23, 19 kills at No. 11 Penn State on November 4 and 18 kills against No. 18 Michigan in the Big Ten title-clinching win.

• Foecke received AVCA All-America honorable mention and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman team in 2015. Following her freshman season, Foecke was a finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award, presented annually to the top amateur athlete in the United States.

Holman Strengthens Huskers’ Middle

• Junior middle blocker Briana Holman was an AVCA All-North Region pick and received All-Big Ten honorable mention this year in her first season playing for the Huskers.

• Holman is averaging 2.40 kills per set and 1.19 blocks per set with a team-best .354 hitting percentage.

• On opening weekend, Holman had an immediate impact. She was named the espnW National Player of the Week after averaging 2.57 kills and 1.43 blocks per set while hitting .571 in the wins over No. 10 Florida and No. 2 Texas. Holman had 10 kills and seven blocks against the Gators, and eight kills and three blocks against Texas with a .727 hitting percentage.

• Holman produced a season-high 17 kills in a 3-2 home win over Minnesota on October 23, and she matched that with 17 kills in the regional semifinal win over Penn State on .583 hitting.

• Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.

• Holman is a big addition to the Husker lineup this season after sitting out the 2015 season when LSU did not give her a scholarship release.

Malloy Brings Experience to Husker Roster

• Senior transfer Andie Malloy gives the Huskers more depth and experience at outside hitter. A two-time All-Big 12 performer at Baylor, Malloy earned her degree in 2015 and is playing her final season of eligibility at Nebraska.

• Malloy is averaging 2.67 kills per set for the Big Red. She had a season-best 19 kills at Penn State on November 4 and was a member of the Lobo Classic all-tournament team in September.

• A native of Allen, Texas, Malloy was big for the Huskers in the Lincoln Regional last weekend. She tallied 3.50 kills per set on .300 hitting to help the Huskers reach the final four. She was named to the all-regional team.

• Malloy came to Nebraska after ranking second in the Big 12 in kills per set (3.89) and double-doubles (17) in 2015.

Cook Adds to Legacy

• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 17th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2016. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 14 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 660 career wins and is the fifth-winningest coach in NCAA history.

• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .886 win percentage in that time (499-64).

• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 45 All-Americans and 19 Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).

• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.

• Cook is one of only four active coaches – and one of six all-time – to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.

Huskers Ranked No. 2 in AVCA Coaches Poll

• Nebraska is the No. 2 team in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers were No. 1 in 12 of the 15 polls this season.

• The Huskers began the year at No. 1 in the preseason poll for the fifth time in school history (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015) and spent the first six weeks of the season at No. 1. The 2006 squad went wire-to-wire to win the national title. This year’s Husker team is aiming to become the first in program history to repeat as champions.

• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.

• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 456 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.

• Nebraska has been ranked in the top 10 in the last 32 polls dating back to December of 2014.

• Nebraska has appeared in all 509 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Tamas’ Bring Instant Impact

• Chris Tamas is in his second season as a Husker assistant coach, while his wife, Jennifer (Joines) Tamas, is a volunteer assistant. The two came to NU in May from Cal Poly, where they spent two seasons in the same roles. Both Chris and Jen are former U.S. National Team captains. Chris was a first-team AVCA All-American in 2003 at Pacific, while Jen was the Big West Conference Player of the Year in 2003 at Pacific.

• Chris Tamas’ impact on the program was felt immediately, as the Huskers won the 2015 NCAA Championship in his first season on the bench. With Tamas guiding the Huskers’ block and defense, Amber Rolfzen was an AVCA second-team All-American and an All-Big Ten middle blocker. The Huskers posted the top opponent hitting percentage in the Big Ten (.167) and were second in blocks per set (2.94). Rolfzen’s 1.58 blocks per set ranked fourth in the nation and was the highest block total by a Husker since 2005.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again

• Nebraska fans will lead the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match significantly outpaced the rest of the nation and established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.

• The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.

• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.

• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.

• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).

• The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 219 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.

• The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.

Busboom Kelly Named Next Head Coach at Louisville

Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Dani Busboom Kelly was introduced as the new head coach at the University of Louisville on November 27. She will finish the season with the Huskers before beginning her stint at Louisville. Busboom Kelly replaces Anne Kordes, who resigned for personal reasons after six seasons as Louisville’s head coach. Busboom Kelly was an assistant on Kordes’ staff in 2011 before joining Cook’s Nebraska staff in 2012. In her one season at Louisville, Busboom Kelly helped the Cardinals to a 24-9 record and a trip to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. She’ll take over a program that finished the 2016 regular season 12-18.

“When Dani told me she wanted to be a coach after she was finished playing for the Huskers, I suggested that she go away from Nebraska to see how the real world of coaching was different from Nebraska. Louisville was one of her stops,” Cook said. “I know from many conversations she loved Louisville, Tom Jurich the AD, and of course Muhammad Ali said it is the greatest city in the world. One of the proudest days of my coaching career was hiring Dani back to Nebraska to be a coach. Although I still can’t believe it, I am very proud of the coach she has become. She is ready for this job. She has been a captain of a national championship team, coached a national championship team, changed our recruiting, and has made me a better coach. We are so happy and proud of the work that she has done to get to this point in her coaching career. Louisville is getting a young rising star coach in Dani. We will miss her and Lane, and we thank her for all that she has done for Nebraska volleyball.”

In the last five years, Busboom Kelly has played a vital role in the Husker program, assisting with Nebraska’s setters, liberos, outside hitters and recruiting. Regarded as one of the best recruiters in the nation, Busboom Kelly helped Nebraska’s resurgence to the forefront of college volleyball in her five seasons, as the Huskers captured the 2015 NCAA Championship at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, the same place Busboom Kelly won the national title as a player for the Huskers in 2006. Behind Busboom Kelly’s recruiting efforts, the Huskers’ 2015 signing class ranked fifth in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, and from that group Mikaela Foecke went on to become the third freshman to be named most outstanding player of the NCAA Championship.

“I am so thankful for the last five years I spent with Nebraska volleyball,” Busboom Kelly said. “Being a part of Nebraska as a player and a coach has been incredibly rewarding and no doubt has greatly influenced my career and myself as a person. I can’t thank John Cook enough for being a mentor and a friend. He has prepared me for this next step and I’ve appreciated his support throughout the process. He has always taught us to set goals and dream big. There are still goals to be accomplished in the next three weeks, and I will cherish the time remaining with the 2016 team.”