Nebraska Volleyball tallies up four All-Big Ten Selections

Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 19:53:56-05

Nebraska's Justine Wong-Orantes was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year to lead the Huskers' All-Big Ten Selections.

Huskers' Head Coach John Cook was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the coaches and media. Cook led the Huskers to their second Big Ten title and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska spent 12 of 15 weeks atop the AVCA Coaches Poll. Cook has previously been awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1997 at Wisconsin, he is also a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year. Cook's Husker teams have won 11 conference titles in his 17 seasons and has held the nation's best winning percentage since 2000 at .886.

Wong-Ornates and Kadie Rolfzen were unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten team.

This marks Wong-Ornates first career selection to the All-Big Ten team. She became Nebraska's all-time career digs leader this season and set a single-match school record with 35 digs. Wong-Ornates averaged 4.14 digs per set and became the first Husker in school history to surpass 1,800 career digs. 

Kadie Rolfzen earned her fourth career selection to the All-Big Ten team. She leads the Huskers with 3.14 kills per set and adds 2.51 digs per set. She hit a career-best .293 in the regular season and served a career-high 22 aces.

 Amber Rolfzen and Kelly Hunter were also voted to the All-Big Ten team by the league's head coaches.

Amber Rolfzen earned her second All-Big Ten selection. Rolfzen averaged 1.94 kills and a team-high 1.43 blocks per set while hitting .326 this season. She ranked third in the Big Ten in blocks and had an average of 1.51 blocks per set in conference play. Rolfzen was named espnW and AVCA National player of the Week after 16 kills in both wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota, along with Big Ten Player of the Week and a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. 

Hunter earned her first All-Big Ten selection after leading the Huskers with 11.24 assists per set this season. She had eight double-doubles in the regular season and was a four-time Big Ten Setter of the Week. 

Mikaela Foecke and Briana Holman received honorable mention and Brooke Smith earned the Nebraska Sportsmanship Award. 

Foecke posted 2.89 kills per set with a .306 hitting percentage. She served 16 aces and tallied 42 blocks.

Holman ranks eighth in the Big Ten with a .346 hitting percentage and is averaging 1.20 blocks per set and 2.41 kills per set this season. She was also named  espnW National Player of the Week in the first week of the season. 

The Huskers' host New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, December 2nd at 7 p.m.