The Nebraska volleyball team is always looking for big-hitting recruits, but the program's latest pledge comes with video evidence showing the damage she can do with her swing.
Monday night, the Huskers picked up a commitment from 6-3 middle blocker Mikaela Foecke of Fort Madison (Iowa) Holy Trinity. Foecke, who recorded a state-high 624 kills during her sophomore season last fall, will join NU in the Class of 2015.
Her high school coach, Melissa Freesmeier, confirmed Tuesday that Foecke had pledged to join the Huskers after visiting Lincoln several times this spring.
“She's very excited. She's been to Nebraska visiting four or five times this year,” Freesmeier said. “She just really likes the program, the campus, everything. It's really top-notch.”
Freesmeier said Foecke is an elite athlete that possesses a big swing. The coach directed Husker fans to a YouTube video titled “Power Volleyball Spike Collateral Damage” that shows Foecke putting her power on display in a match last season. In the 29-second clip — which has more than 900,000 views — Foecke smashes a ball off an opponent's head, knocking the player to the floor. The ball ricochets across the gym, where it trips up a young fan walking in front of the bleachers.
“She is a dynamic player, hits the ball hard,” Freesmeier said. “She's a true leader, unselfish, one of the most extraordinary kids I've ever had the opportunity to coach.”
Last fall, Foecke (pronounced FECK-ee) led Holy Trinity to the semifinals of the Class 1-A state tournament as a middle blocker, but Freesmeier said she would likely play outside hitter at the college level. Foecke also played on the Iowa Rockets club team that won a USAV junior national championship last summer. In June, Foecke plans to try out for a spot on the U.S. junior national team.
“She just keeps getting better and better,” Freesmeier said. “As a freshman, she was an amazing player. As a sophomore, she was dominating. As a junior and senior, I know she's only going to get better because of her work ethic. She's always in the gym. She always has a ball in her hand.”
Foecke becomes Nebraska's second 2015 commit after defensive specialist Kenzie Maloney of Louisville, Ky., pledged in April.
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