Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke, Lauren Stivrins named first-team All-America

Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke, Lauren Stivrins named first-team All-America
Mikaela Foecke, left, and Lauren Stivrins, center, were both named first-team All-America. KAYLA WOLF/THE WORLD-HERALD

Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke and sophomore Lauren Stivrins received first-team All-America honors Wednesday from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

This is the second time Foecke has been named an All-American. She was a second-team selection last season. Foecke and Stivrins were both first-team All-Big Ten selections this season.

Foecke has a team-best 468 kills this season and also leads the Huskers with 43 service aces. The MVP of the Minneapolis regional had a combined 30 kills in the two victories last weekend against Kentucky and Oregon, leading the Huskers to the Final Four for the fourth time in her career.

Foecke also was named Wednesday as the 2018 Senior CLASS Award winner in college volleyball. The award honors athletes who excel in classroom, community, character and competition. Foecke is the first Husker to win it since Gina Mancuso in 2012.

Stivrins leads Husker hitters with a .409 hitting percentage. Her 287 kills rank third on the team and her 150 blocks rank second. Stivrins was a member of the All-Big Ten Freshman team last season.

Nebraska volleyball has now had a nation-leading 44 different athletes receive either first- or second-team All-America honors. The Huskers have produced 47 total first-team selections.

Senior libero Kenzie Maloney was also named a third-team All-American on Wednesday. Freshman setter Nicklin Hames received honorable mention.

Semifinals: No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Illinois

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM

Creighton senior Jaali Winters selected to All-America third team

Creighton senior Jaali Winters is a third-team All-American while senior Taryn Kloth and junior Madelyn Cole received honorable mention.

Winters set more than 90 school records during her career, including career kills (1,843), attacks (5,093), points (2045.5) and matches played (139). She averaged 3.82 kills and 3.06 digs per set this season.

The Big East player of the year and tournament MVP was also a first-team all-conference selection. She became the third Bluejay across all sports to earn first-team all-conference recognition four times.

Kloth led CU with 4.15 kills per set. This is the second time she’s been All-America honorable mention.

Cole led the Big East with 10.92 assists per set and ranked second with 51 aces.

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