LINCOLN – Elmwood-Murdock senior Brenna Schmidt will join many of Nebraska’s top volleyball players next summer at an all-star celebration in Lincoln.
Schmidt accepted an invitation to play in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star volleyball game. She is one of 28 students from all classifications in the state who have signaled their intention to participate in the event. The game is scheduled to take place at the Lincoln North Star at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26.
The students will be divided between the red team and the blue team. Christina Boesiger of Norris will be the head coach of the red team and Bryson Mahlberg of Gothenburg will be the assistant coach. Lois Hixson of Aurora will be the head coach of the blue team and Hayley Ryan of Overton will be the assistant coach.
Other players who have accepted the invitations include Taylor Bunjer and Sydney Raszler of Elkhorn, Harlei Cole of Papillion-La Vista South, Sydney Conner of Kearney Catholic, Regan Haith of Lincoln Pius X, Karley Heimes of Wynot, Bailey Helzer of Oakland -Craig, Ava Heyne and Abby Schomers from Omaha Skutt, Kali Jurgensmeier from Bishop Neumann, Ashley Keck from Kearney Catholic, Adeline Kirkegaard from Hastings St. Cecilia, Kealy Kiviniemi from Bellevue West, Brianna Lemke from Mead, Skylar McCune from Gretna, Sophia McKinney of Grand Island Northwest, Sadie Millard of Millard West, Shaylee Myers of Lincoln Southwest, Jordi Nekl of Columbus Lakeview, Katelyn Oxley of Lincoln Lutheran, Olivia Poppert of St. Paul, Masa Scheierman of York, Kya Scott of Broken Bow, Karsen VanScoy from Waverly, Ella Waters from Norris and Kylie Weeks and Madi Woodin from Elkhorn South.
Members of the Nebraska Coaching Association were able to nominate seniors for the honor last fall. All member coaches then ranked the applicants based on their athletic ability and personal traits such as integrity, sportsmanship, and academic achievement.
An All-Star selection committee of member coaches took input from across the state into consideration when choosing the roster. They issued invitations to the players they felt best matched the selection criteria.
Schmidt will play volleyball at Kansas State next year. She ended her career at Elmwood-Murdock with 1,209 kills, 310 blocks, 78 aces on serve, 193 digs and 135 catches on serve. She is the recipient of the Academic All-State Award from the Nebraska School Activities Association and won the Elmwood-Murdock Gold Scholar-Activity Award.
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