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Nebraska volleyball adds recruit with local ties

September 18, 2018

Local ties once again helped the Nebraska volleyball team get one of the best high school volleyball players in the country, even though she’s not from the state.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Ally Batenhorst, a high school sophomore Texas, announced yesterday that she’ll be playing her college ball at Nebraska. This summer, the 6’4 outside hitter was one of just twelve players chosen for the U.S. youth national team. While Batenhorst lives near Houston now, she was born in Omaha and her parents each attended college in Lincoln. Her dad, Kurt, is from Wisner. Her mother, Susan O’Rourke, is from Omaha. The college recruiting process began when Batenhorst was in the eighth grade. She picked the Huskers over some of the top programs in the country in Stanford, Texas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. With her commitment, Nebraska keeps adding to what may up being one of the program’s best recruiting classes ever in 2021. Playing for Seven Lakes High School, Batenhorst was the national freshman of the year according to Prepvolleyball.com. Nebraska setter Nicklin Hames earned the same award in 2014.

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