Lexi Rodriguez named AVCA freshman of the year

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Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska freshman, Lexi Rodriguez continues her awards haul this morning, Rodriguez was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as the 2021 AVCA National Freshman of the Year.

Rodriguez is the first libero in AVCA history to earn the annual freshman superlative award.

She is the second player in Husker program history to be named AVCA Freshman of the Year, joining four-time All-American Sarah Pavan (2004).

On Wednesday, Rodriguez was announced as a first-team AVCA All-American, becoming NU’s 49th first-team pick in program history.  She is the second Husker freshman to earn first-team honors, keeping company alongside Pavan (2004).

Rodriguez’s inaugural campaign has seen her average 4.41 digs and 1.11 assists per set while adding 16 aces. She adds AVCA freshman of the year to her previous 29 titles received throughout her volleyball career.

Rodriguez has helped NU limit opposing teams to .147 hitting, which is the league-low and ranks ninth nationally.

Nebraska will contend for its sixth NCAA title this Saturday, Dec. 18, facing Wisconsin in the championship match at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The game will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on Huskers Radio Network.

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