Women's Volleyball

2013 Player Profiles

Kennedy Cheyney
Stanton, Nebraska
Stanton High School

Kennedy was a four-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track. She averaged 24.5 digs a game and had a .995 per cent service reception. She was named to the East Husker All-Conference Honorable Mention Team in 2010 and 2011 and 2nd Team in 2012. Kennedy earned Omaha World-Herald Honorable Mention honors in 2012 and the Norfolk Daily News Elite Eight Honorable Mention. She was named Ms. Hustle in 2011 and made the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) All-State Academic Team in 2012. Kennedy was also a State Track and Field qualifier in pole vault and holds the school record of 9’0”.

Freshman – Major: Behavioral Science

Justin Brockmann

Brittany Sullivan
Allen, Nebraska
Allen Consolidated Schools

Brittany is a four-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track. She had 615 kills, 752 digs, 28 blocks, and 142 service aces in volleyball. As a three-year VB starter, Brittany earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors her sophomore year and made All-Conference 1st Team as a junior and senior.  She was named to the Nebraska Associated Press All-State Volleyball 2nd Team, Norfolk Daily News All-State 3rd Team and Omaha World-Herald All-State 2nd Team her senior year. She was also a basketball and track stand-out and earned many honors. A three-year member of the National Honor Society, she was a four-year Lewis & Clark Honor Band participant.  She earned the Louis Armstrong Award her junior and senior year. She participated in the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Game at Northeast Community College.

Sophomore – Major:  Pre-Medicine


Haley Roelle
Creston, Nebraska
Humphrey High School

Haley helped Humphrey High School to a State Championship in both her junior and senior year. An All-State Honorable Mention and All-Conference Honorable Mention her junior year, she was 2nd Team All-Conference and 3rd Team All-State her senior year.  She was also a 2nd Team selection to the 2013 Nebraska State Volleyball Team her senior year. She was also a four-year basketball player and participated in track two years. She was named 3rd Team All-Conference in basketball her senior year, as well as Academic All-State Winter Activities her sophomore, junior and senior years. She also participated in the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Game held at Northeast Community College.

Freshman – Major:  Graphic Design


Sydney Luedtke
Creston, Nebraska
Lakeview High School
Southeast Community College, Lincoln Campus, 2012-2013

A 2012 graduate of Lakeview, Sydney was a volleyball and basketball letter winner. She finished second on the volleyball team in stuffed blocks with 47 for the 2012 season, recorded 106 kills and served at 92 percent her senior season.  She was involved in Student Council and FBLA and was named to the Honor Roll at Lakeview all four years. She also made the Dean’s List at Southeast Community College where she studied her first year.

Sophomore – Major: General Education


Grace Ecklund
Overton, Nebraska
Overton High School

A four-year letter winner/starter in volleyball, two-year letter winner/starter in basketball, and one-year letter winner in track, Grace also participated in a swim league for 12 years. In her volleyball career, she recorded and holds career records with 971 kills, 218 blocks and 169 ace serves and season records with 360 kills and 63 ace serves. Grace was a Kearney Hub stat leader in kill efficiency, ace serves and blocks. During her senior season, she served as team captain, earned All-Conference 1st Team, All-Conference Tournament Team, Beacon Observer FKC All-Tournament Team, and Kearney Hub 1st Team All-Region Volleyball Team honors. She also earned Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State honors all four years in volleyball and two years in basketball. Grace participated in two All-Star Games in the summer of 2013.

Freshman – Major:  Chemistry


Nazya Thies
Winside, Nebraska
Winside High School

A four-year letter winner/starter in volleyball, basketball and track, Nazya helped the Wildcats earn trips to the State Tournament three years in a row. Her senior year, she recorded 290 kills, 308 digs, 40 service aces, and 166 blocks. Nazya was named to the Lewis & Clark All-Conference Volleyball Team her junior and senior year and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors her freshman and sophomore years. She was named to the 2012 Nebraska Associated Press All-State Volleyball Honorable Mention Team and Omaha World-Herald Honorable Mention Team.  She was named a 2nd Team member of the Norfolk Daily News Elite Eight and All-State 1st Team her junior year and All-State Honorable Mention her senior year in volleyball.  She earned All-Conference honors her junior and senior season in basketball and was Conference Champion in track in the high jump and 4x100 relay. She also was a participant in the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Game at Northeast Community College. 

Freshman – Major:  Undecided


Shelby Weber
Atkinson, Nebraska
West Holt High School

Shelby was a three-sport letter winner and three-year starter for volleyball at West Holt where she recorded 184 kills, 102 blocks and 39 digs her senior season. She received Omaha World-Herald All-State Volleyball honors, was named to the Associated Press All-State Volleyball 2nd Team, All-Conference All-Area 2nd  Team and KBRX Top Dog Athlete of the Week her senior year. She helped her team earn the Northeast Nebraska Athletic Conference (NENAC) Tournament Championship for two consecutive years as well as the NENAC Regular Season Championship. Weber earned NENAC Honorable Mention honors in basketball and qualified for the State Track Meet her senior year in the discus.

Freshman – Major: Business Administration


Emily Wilmes
Dakota City, Nebraska
South Sioux City High School
Northeast Community College, South Sioux City, 2012-2013

A three-year high school letter winner, Emily broke the school record for aces per match with 11 aces and was Academic All-Conference her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was part of the Special Olympics Team USA’s National Unified Floor Hockey Team which competed in South Korea in January of 2013 and won gold!

Sophomore – Major:  Elementary Education


Kirsten Fink
Randolph, Nebraska
Randolph High School

Kirsten was a four-year letter winner/starter in volleyball and basketball and two-year letter winner in track at Randolph. She ended her prep career with 736 kills and 182 blocks, averaging 13.2 kills and 3.5 blocks per match her senior year. She received All-State honors in volleyball her junior and senior year and in basketball all four years. She earned NENAC honors in volleyball her sophomore, junior and senior season and in basketball four years in a row. She also earned All-Area honors in volleyball her sophomore and junior season and in basketball her sophomore, junior and senior season.  Kirsten holds the basketball school record for most points scored in a career with 1,012 points and was the second highest basketball scorer in Cedar County her junior year with 300 points. She was honored with Academic All-State honors in volleyball and basketball her junior and senior season.  She also participated in the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Basketball Game at Northeast Community College.

Freshman – Major:  Diagnostics Medical Sonography


Sarah Maxson
Wayne, Nebraska
Wayne High School

Sarah was a two-year letter winner/starter in volleyball at Wayne High.  As a senior, she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention and the Marines Distinguished Athlete Award in recognition of her courage, poise, self-confidence, and leadership as a high school athlete. Sarah was selected to the Mid-State All-Conference Honorable Mention Basketball Team as a senior, her team’s Most Valuable Player, an Omaha World-Herald All-State Honorable Mention, and Lincoln Journal-Star All-State Honorable Mention. She also received the Terry Johnson Freshman Basketball Award for hard work and talent. She qualified for the State Track and Field Meet as a junior.

Freshman – Major: General Studies


Maggie Earney
Whitney, Nebraska
Chadron High School

A three-year letter winner in volleyball, Maggie was named to the Western Conference Volleyball Honorable Mention Team and All-State Volleyball Honorable Mention Team. She helped her team qualify for the State Volleyball Tournament her senior year. She holds the school record for set assists in a season with 801 assists in 2012. She is a two-year basketball letter winner and her basketball team finished fourth in 2012 and 2013 at the State Basketball Tournament. She was named to the school Honor Roll all four years in high school, was a member of the National Honor Society for two years and Student Council for three years. Maggie was named Western Conference Scholar Athlete in the 2012-13 academic year. She also received the Kiwanis Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award in 2010-2013.

Freshman – Major:  Pre-Professional Dietetics

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