Large group of fans from Nebraska volleyball player’s hometown traveled to see her play
Megan Miller knew there would be family and friends in the crowd when the Nebraska volleyball team played a match last week against Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The freshman defensive specialist grew up in Alexandria, a town of about 5,000 residents about 1½ hours from the Purdue campus. Her mother told her the high school volleyball team was coming, and Miller knew some friends would be there.
Before the match, Miller saw a few familiar faces. But it wasn’t until after the match, when Miller’s mom got everybody together for a photo, that Miller saw how many people had come to see her play.
Miller didn’t have a lot of time before the team had to travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for its next match, so the group was waiting when Miller got out of the locker room. She was surprised by how many people were there.
“It was just an awesome feeling, because, obviously, I don’t get to go home that much,” Miller said. “I haven’t really been home since summer. So just knowing that everyone from such a small town is still willing to come see me when I’m playing over an hour away was a heartwarming feeling. It was good to see everyone.”
There were about 90 people in the photo, with Miller seated on the court in front of them.
“So my whole family, my immediate family was there, of course,” Miller said. “And then even my sister who goes to Auburn, so I was really happy to see her. In the very front row with me was my best friend from high school, and then my middle sister.
“And then the Alexandria volleyball team was there, and a lot of the parents of the girls that I played with. All of my grandparents. My high school tennis partner was there. It was really good to see her. And a lot of close family friends.”
Super fun night as our vb team, family, and friends went to support Alexandria’s @meggmillerrr Husker VB at Purdue Boilermakers @amhstigers@thbsports@Huskers@NebraskaVBall Huskers win 3-1 over the Boilermakers pic.twitter.com/As7nHf6l7d — Alexandria VB (@amhs_vb) November 17, 2018
And there were more people who had left before the photo was taken. The match was a sellout, with 2,415 fans.
Some of Miller’s family and friends also attended Nebraska’s match at Indiana on Saturday.
Miller had just started playing a lot again recently because of her improved passing, and had seven digs against Purdue.
Davis gets playing time: Husker freshman outside hitter Capri Davis has played more in the past few matches as a brief sub for right-side hitter Jazz Sweet, and it’s worked pretty well. In a win against Indiana, Davis had four kills on five hitting attempts.
“We’re using (Davis) in our rotation one to help us sideout there because we’ve been getting stuck in that rotation because Jazz is a left-hander, and when we get out-of-system it’s really hard for a lefty over there,” Nebraska coach John Cook said. “Capri is doing a great job. She’s been doing a great job in practice, so she can get us kills and help us sideout there.”
Iowa connections: You only need to look at the current team to see how beneficial players from the state of Iowa have been for the Nebraska program, and it’s been that way for a while. Nebraska’s star outside hitter, Mikaela Foecke, is from Iowa, as is assistant coach and former Husker Kayla Banwath.
During the state volleyball tournament in Iowa, the Des Moines Register newspaper made a list of the 50 greatest Iowa high school volleyball players of all time, and several Huskers were included. The players weren’t ranked.
Nancy Metcalf, Lisa Reitsma, Cathy Noth and Foecke, who each earned All-America honors for Nebraska, made the list. So did Jill McWilliams, Jen McFadden, and Banwarth, who played in the 2016 Olympics.
Also on the list is Madi Kubik, who will join the Huskers next season. Ashtyn Veerbeek, who is a freshman on the Nebraska women’s basketball team, also was chosen.
This is a great list. Strong work by the @DMRegister:The Register’s 50 greatest Iowa high school volleyball players of all time https://t.co/TOrdF5HDQu via @DMRegister — VolleyballMag.com (@VBMagazine) November 6, 2018