Mikaela Foecke, outside hitter for the Nebraska volleyball team, was selected as the 2018 Senior CLASS Award winner in the NCAA Division 1 women’s volleyball category. The award, which stands for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School” is handed out to the most “outstanding senior student-athlete,” according to a University of Nebraska athletic department press release.
“When I came to the University of Nebraska in 2015, my goals were to not only help Nebraska volleyball win games and championships, but also to become a better student, person and teammate,” Foecke said. “These past four years have gone by so quickly, and it hasn’t really set in yet that my college career is coming to an end. But when I look back, I am so proud of all that we have accomplished. To win two national championships and two Big Ten championships has been incredible, but what I will really take most from my time at Nebraska is the relationships I have built with my teammates, the coaches, the staff, and of course our amazing fans. Whichever path I take after graduation, I know that the experience of being a student-athlete at Nebraska will have prepared me well for life both on and off the volleyball court.”
Foecke, an animal science major, is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Boasting a 3.69 GPA, Foecke has twice been awarded Nebraska’s High Honors Academic Medallion.
“She and Kenzie Maloney are the only two Nebraska players ever who will have played at four NCAA Final Fours, and she has been the most outstanding player two of the three times we have been there, which is incredible,” Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook said. “What separates Mikaela is her dedication to being great in everything she does. She is a phenomenal student with aspirations of being a veterinarian someday. Mikaela has also developed outstanding leadership skills during her time at Nebraska, and there’s no question that she and Kenzie are the biggest reason this young team has made it to the NCAA Semifinals for a fourth time. Mikaela will leave a huge lasting legacy on Nebraska volleyball when her career comes to an end.”
The Huskers will take on Big 10 opponent Illinois on Thursday in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament semifinal. A win would send Nebraska through to their second straight national championship match.