Wong-Orantes Leads Huskers' All-Big Ten Selections

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Wong-Orantes Leads Huskers' All-Big Ten Selections

When the Big Ten Conference unveiled its annual awards for volleyball, Nebraska took home a majority of the hardware.

For Cook, this is his first Big Ten coach of the year award since 1997, when he won it while at Wisconsin.

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook was named the Big Ten coach of the year, and libero Justine Wong-Orantes is the conference's defensive player of the year. 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.

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

Mikaela Foecke and Briana Holman also received honorable mention.

The four All-Big Ten selections were the most by any team in the conference and are Nebraska's most since 2008, when the Huskers were members of the Big 12.

Kadie Rolfzen is now the third Husker all-time to receive four first-team all-conference selections - Sarah Pavan and Greichaly Cepero are the others.

Amber Rolfzen earned her second All-Big Ten selection. She ranked third in the Big Ten in blocks 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.

Foecke posted 2.89 kills per set with a.306 hitting percentage.

Cook leads the No. 1 national seed Huskers into the NCAA tournament with a first-round match Friday against New Hampshire. The West Point, Iowa product served 16 aces and chipped in 42 blocks, and she played pivotal roles in big matches, including 20 kills against Minnesota on October 23, 19 at Penn State on November 4 and 18 against MI in the Big Ten title-clinching win. 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.

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