On Aug. 28, the night of the Kansas State match, Nebraska volleyball alumni Justine Wong-Orantes was honored for helping USA Volleyball win gold as libero in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After Wong-Orantes’ legendary collegiate career concluded in 2016, the libero position was filled by Kenzie Maloney, who held the role for two seasons.
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That winner is volleyball libero Lexi Rodriguez. The Nebraska volleyball team entered its second week of conference play in the Big Ten this week. Nebraska’s opponents both came from the state of Michigan, the Michigan Wolverines on Friday and the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday. Nebraska was victorious in both, sweeping its opponents.
Nebraska volleyball libero Kenzie Knuckles and defensive specialist Keonilei Akana (Maddie Washburn, Nebraska Communications) What we know right now: Nebraska has two talented returning defenders Junior Kenzie Knuckles has been NU’s starting libero since she stepped on campus in 2019.
The first full week of October had a quiet start compared to other weeks for Nebraska athletics. Although there were just seven total events across the week, what few were present had much fire to it. For the second week in a row, and the third time this season, the winner is volleyball libero Lexi Rodriguez.
Nebraska volleyball defensive specialist/libero Lexi Rodriguez (Scott Bruhn, Nebraska Communications)
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Nebraska averaged 14.71 digs during its non-conference schedule and increased its digs per set by nearly three. NU has four elite defensive players, as Cook likes to say. In certain rotations, all four of these players are on the court: libero Lexi Rodriguez , defensive specialists Kenzie Knuckles and Keonilei Akana and setter Nicklin Hames .
Lexi Rodriguez (called “Roddy” by her teammates) was the top-ranked libero in the 2021 class, and she got a head start by enrolling in January and participating in practice with the team during the 2020-21 season.
• Voted the best libero at the Ameritas Players Challenge with 4.20 digs per set, including 22 digs and four assists against Creighton on Sept. 17 • Named the best libero at the Nebraska Invite with 4.00 digs per set • Had 21 digs and added seven assists in the season opener against Florida. 2015 (Junior)
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