LINCOLN — Three Nebraska volleyball seniors were named All-Americans Wednesday.
Setter Lauren Cook was named a first-team AVCA All-American, while outside hitters Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth were picked for the second team. Freshman middle blocker Meghan Haggerty received honorable mention.
The awards add to Nebraska’s nation-leading total of 74 AVCA All-America honors.
Cook, the coach’s daughter, earned the program’s 40th first-team All-America certificate. It was the first time the Lincoln Pius X graduate has been named to the first team after being named an honorable mention All-American last year. The three-year starter averaged 11.15 assists per set and guided an offense that hit .292, the second-highest mark in the Big Ten.
Mancuso, who led the team with 3.48 kills per set, takes home her second All-America award. The Papillion-La Vista graduate was named to the first team in 2011. She recorded 11 double-doubles and posted at least 10 kills in 25 matches, including a season-high 20 kills three times.
Werth’s second-team honor comes a year after she made the honorable mention list. The Springfield, Ill., native averaged 3.05 kills per set and led the team with 390 digs in 2012. She tallied 14 double-doubles and had double-digit kills in 20 of Nebraska’s 33 matches.
All three seniors will continue their careers professionally in Puerto Rico, coach John Cook said.
Werth and Lauren Cook will join the Bayamon club, located in the hometown of former Husker All-America setter Greichaly Cepero. Mancuso has signed with Ponce. All three will begin play in January.
Haggerty led the team with a hitting percentage of .333, becoming the first freshman to lead the Huskers in attack efficiency since Amber Holmquist in 1999. Haggerty gained national attention almost immediately with 17 kills in Nebraska’s five-set win over UCLA on Aug. 25 in just her second collegiate match.