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Kayla Caffey cleared by NCAA for 2022 season, but still awaits approval from Nebraska

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LINCOLN — Middle blocker Kayla Caffey received approval to play for the Huskers during the 2022 volleyball season from the NCAA, but she hasn't been cleared by Nebraska yet.

On this month's podcast of "Kicking Back with the Cooks," coach John Cook said Caffey was cleared to participate in her seventh season.

"We are still working through it," Cook said on the episode, which was recorded last week. "It's very complicated. It may take awhile."

The Chicago native sat out two of her four seasons at Missouri, redshirting her first year and missing another due to injury. She transferred to Nebraska and finished her master's degree in teaching, learning and teacher’s education. This semester she's enrolled in classes working on a second master's degree.

It isn't clear if Caffey's approval from the NCAA came with contingencies or stipulations or what issues Nebraska is working out on its end.

While players who used their extra COVID-19 season in fall 2021 did not count toward the scholarship limit, they must be included in the allocation of 12 scholarships going forward. After defensive specialist Keonilei Akana's entrance into the transfer portal Tuesday, the Huskers are at that limit.

Caffey went through practices this spring and participated in the Huskers' beach volleyball season. Cook said he hopes to resolve the situation by Aug. 1 before fall practices begin.

Because Caffey was unavailable in the spring exhibition against Kansas, Callie Schwarzenbach played in the match before she transfers to Long Beach State after the semester.

This summer, the Huskers will add senior transfer Kaitlyn Hord and freshman Maggie Mendelson at middle blocker, while freshman Bekka Allick enrolled this winter.


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