It will be a few years before we know if Kalynn Meyer becomes the next great multi-sport high school athlete from Nebraska who focuses on volleyball in college.
Husker coach John Cook has relished the chance to develop multi-sport athletes from the state into good volleyball players — Christina Houghtelling, Laura Pilakowski, Hayley Thramer, Alicia Ostrander and others. He’ll take that chance again with Meyer, the three-sport star from Superior, a town of about 2,000 residents near the Kansas border.
The 6-foot-3 Meyer was chosen as the high school athlete of the year as both a sophomore and junior. In track she ranks No. 2 all-time in the state in the discus.
Meyer signed her national letter of intent last week, and will join the Huskers for the 2020 season and play middle blocker.
With most volleyball players coaches have to project what an athlete can become in several years because they recruit them when they’re freshman and sophomores in high school, and that was especially true with Meyer because she hadn’t played as much club volleyball as other players her age.
While evaluating Meyer, what did Cook see to think that she could become a great player in college?
“First of all, physically she’s a big, strong girl,” Cook said. “So she can run. She can move. She’s got a pretty fast arm. And she’s very coachable, and she’s going to work really hard.
“She’s a big, physical athlete that can move. It’s hard to find athletes like that. Especially in Superior, Nebraska.”
Meyer got on the coaches’ radar after attending a Nebraska volleyball camp. The coaches encouraged her to play more club volleyball, and she came back to camp the next summer.
“She came back to a camp the next year, and I think that’s when we offered her,” Cook said.
Meyer committed to the Huskers during her sophomore year. Meyer started playing more club volleyball after committing to the Huskers, and ended up as the No. 21 ranked recruit nationally in the class.
Meyer could still do track at Nebraska some if she’d like to, Cook said. Spring volleyball practice is done by May, while the track season goes into June.
Top-10 showdowns coming: Nebraska (22-3) remains ranked No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. This is a major week for Nebraska’s Big Ten title aspirations, as the Huskers play two games on the road against league teams ranked in the top 10. Nebraska travels to No. 7 Minnesota on Friday, and plays No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday.
With four matches left in the Big Ten season, Wisconsin leads the conference at 15-1. Nebraska, Penn State and Minnesota are tied for second at 14-2.
Kubik earns Big Ten award: Nebraska outside hitter Madi Kubik was named the Big Ten freshman of the week, earning the weekly award for the second time. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native had 19 kills and tied her career high with 16 digs in the five-set win against Iowa on Saturday. She recorded 16 kills on .306 hitting in a sweep at Michigan State.
Huskers in the pros: Several former Nebraska volleyball players have started their professional seasons. Jordan Larson is playing for Shanghai in the Chinese Super League. Mikaela Foecke signed her first pro contract to play in Italy for Bisonte Firenze in Italian Serie A1. Amber Rolfzen also plays in Italy. Kelsey Robinson stayed in Turkey but is playing for a new team, Fenerbahce.
Justine Wong-Orantes also got a pro deal, which isn’t always easy for U.S. players at the libero position because teams save their import spots for the point scoring positions. She’s playing for Schwerin in Germany. Kadie Rolfzen is playing in the same league in Germany, for Dresdner.