Three Husker volleyball players earn All-America honors

Senior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins was named to the AVCA All-American first-team while junior setter Nicklin Hames was a second-team selection. Lexi Sun, a senior outside hitter, was a third-team pick. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (Husker Athletics) — Three Nebraska volleyball players have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Team, the AVCA announced on Wednesday. Lauren Stivrins earned first-team honors, Nicklin Hames earned second-team honors, and Lexi Sun garnered third-team accolades. Additionally, Madi Kubik received honorable mention.

The Huskers’ three AVCA All-America selections improved their total to 95 all-time, which leads the nation. A nation-leading total of 47 players have combined for the Huskers’ 95 awards. The Nebraska volleyball program has had multiple All-Americans six years in a row.

Stivrins is a three-time AVCA All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten First-Team selection. She earned All-America first-team accolades for the second time in her Husker career. She becomes the first Husker to earn three AVCA All-America selections since Kadie Rolfzen (2013-16) and the first NU middle blocker to do so since Melissa Elmer (2003-05). Stivrins posted 3.19 kills per set, 1.03 blocks per set and a team-best .468 hitting percentage. Stivrins’ hitting percentage was the best in the Big Ten and the second-best in school history for a season. The middle blocker from Scottsdale, Ariz., had double-digit kills in 11 of 18 matches played and hit .400 or better 14 times. In her four seasons at Nebraska, Stivrins owns a school-record .396 career hitting percentage in the NCAA Tournament. She led the Huskers to a .270 season hitting average and .168 opponent hitting percentage, both of which ranked second in the conference.

Hames was named an AVCA All-American for the first time in her career, as she received honorable mention the last two years. The junior setter was an All-Big Ten First-Team and AVCA All-North Region Team selection as well this season. Hames led the Big Ten in assists at 10.91 per set. The Maryville, Tenn., native posted 10 double-doubles in 19 matches, and she served 16 aces. Hames set the Huskers to a .270 hitting percentage, the second-best mark in the Big Ten.

Sun earned AVCA All-America honors for the second time in her career. The All-Big Ten First-Team selection led the Huskers in kills with 3.64 per set. She also added 2.21 digs per set with 43 blocks and a team-high 26 aces on the season, and she recorded five double-doubles. Sun, who hit .242 for the season, was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week during the 11-week regular season. An AVCA third-team All-American in 2019, Sun reached double-digit kills in 15 of 19 matches. She ranked fifth among all Big Ten Players in kills per set and was a unanimous choice to the All-Big Ten First Team.

Kubik, a sophomore, received All-America honorable mention for the second straight year. She was the AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year in 2019, and this year she made the All-North Region Team again after putting up 2.83 kills and 2.36 digs per set with 25 blocks and 13 aces. A six-rotation hitter for the Big Red, Kubik posted double-doubles in six matches and had 11 matches with at least 10 kills. In the NCAA Regional Final against Texas on Monday, Kubik tied her season high with 15 kills.

Spring 2021 AVCA DIVISION I FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name

School

Pos.

Year

Brionne Butler

University of Texas

MB

JR

Grace Cleveland+

Purdue University

OH

JR

Samantha Drechsel

University of Washington

RS

SR

Dani Drews&^

University of Utah

OH

SR

Logan Eggleston!

University of Texas

OH

JR

Sydney Hilley&^

University of Wisconsin

S

SR

Madison Lilley!^@

University of Kentucky

S

SR

Ella May Powell+

University of Washington

S

JR

Yossiana Pressley&

Baylor University

OH

SR

Dana Rettke@*$

University of Wisconsin

MB

SR

Stephanie Samedy!*$

University of Minnesota

OH

SR

Avery Skinner

University of Kentucky

OH

SR

Lauren Stivrins!*

University of Nebraska

MB

SR

Alli Stumler+

University of Kentucky

OH

JR

Spring 2021 AVCA DIVISION I SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name

School

Pos.

Year

Lauren Barnes

University of Wisconsin

L

SR

T’ara Ceasar

University of Florida

OH

R-JR

Kylie Deberg!

University of Missouri

OH

SR

Nicklin Hames

University of Nebraska

S

JR

Claire Hoffman

University of Washington

OH

JR

Kenzie Koerber!

University of Utah

OH

SR

Emily Londot

Ohio State University

RS

FR

Kayla Lund!

University of Pittsburgh

OH

SR

Lauren Matthews

Western Kentucky University

MB

JR

Mac May!

UCLA

OH/RS

SR

Chinaza Ndee

University of Pittsburgh

RS/MB

SR

Brooke Nuneviller

University of Oregon

OH

JR

Anna Stevenson

University of Louisville

MB

JR

Azhani Tealer

University of Kentucky

MB

SO

Spring 2021 AVCA DIVISION I THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA

Name

School

Pos.

Year

Mariana Brambilla

Georgia Tech

OH

JR

Gabby Curry

University of Kentucky

L

SR

Tori Dilfer

University of Louisville

S

SR

Kennedy Eschenberg

Brigham Young University

MB

SR

Lauren Forte

University of Florida

MB

R-JR

Jhenna Gabriel

University of Texas

S

JR

Kaitlyn Hord&

Penn State University

MB

JR

Taryn Knuth

Florida State University

MB

JR

Nicole Lennon

Rice University

OH

SR

Caitlyn Newton

Purdue University

OH

SR

Jamie Peterson

University of Dayton

OH

R-JR

Devyn Robinson

University of Wisconsin

MB/RS

FR

Lexi Sun+

University of Nebraska

OH

SR

Roxie Wiblin

University of San Diego

OH

SR

 

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