Six Huskers make All-North Region team

Posted at 3:34 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 20:51:39-05

Six members of the Nebraska volleyball team earned selections to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-North Region team. Head Coach John Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career and fourth time at Nebraska.

Huskers Amber Rolfzen, Kadie Rolfzen, Justine Wong-Orantes, Briana Holman, Kelly Hunter and Mikaela Foecke all earned a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-North Region team. 

Kadie Rolfzen is the first Husker since Sarah Pavan (2004-07) to receive four all-region honors at Nebraska. Rolfzen was a first-team All-American last season after two years as a third-team All-American. She leads the Huskers with 3.21 kills per set and adds 2.48 digs per set. Rolfzen is hitting a career-best .299 and has served a career-high 24 aces. 

Amber Rolfzen made the squad in bother her seasons as a middle blocker. She averages 1.92 kills and a team-high 1.43 blocks per set while hitting .314 this season. A second-team AVCA All-American last season, Rolfzen was named the espnW and AVCA National Player of the Week after 16 kills in both wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota in October, and she was also on the All-Big Ten team. 

Wong-Orantes was selected to the team for the second year in a row after picking up her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honor last week. She became Nebraska's all-time career digs leader this season and set a single-match school record with 35 digs. Wong-Orantes is averaging 4.27 digs per set and became the first Husker in school history to surpass 1,800 career digs. 

Holman picked up her third career all-region honor but first as a Husker. She is hitting a team-best .343 this season and is averaging 1.19 blocks per set and 2.37 kills per set. 

Hunter made the all-region team for the second straight year. She earned her first All-Bit Ten selection this season and leads the Huskers with 11.25 assists per set. Hunter leads Nebraska with nine double-doubles and was a four-time Big Ten Setter of the Week. 

Foecke posts 2.94 kills per set with an impressive .309 hitting percentage, which ranks among the top outside hitter in the big Ten Conference. She has served 17 aces and added 42 blocks. Foecke was named the most outstanding player of the 2015 NCAA Championship as a freshman. 

The Huskers head into a regional semifinal match against Penn State Friday, December 9th. The match is set to start at 11 a.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.