High retention rate for UNK volleyball this year

UNK volleyball rallies together during team drills on April 5, 2017 (NTV News)

The phrase spring ball is almost always synonymous with the men of the gridiron.

It's also a valuable training ground for volleyball.

UNK getting their work in over the course of around one month.

This year, outside of North Platte native Allison Kuenle, the retention has been much higher than in previous springs when girls decided, for whatever reason, to no longer play volleyball at UNK.

"Over the last two or three years, we've really made a more concentrated effort to make sure that we recruit Nebraska first and that everyone that makes their way on to our roster is a really good fit as a person in addition to being a really good volleyball player," said head coach Rick Squiers. "I think that's been really helpful."

Instead, almost every one of note able to return, has done so.

"It's an A+ group, so I think that all kind of lends itself to people staying here and graduating.

"They love UNK and they love being in Kearney, so that allows you to really just kind of focus on things on the court," said Squiers.

The Lopers are getting their biggest test of the spring this weekend with a trip to Kansas City, where they face the Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, and UM–KC Kangaroos.

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