Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney head volleyball coach Rick Squiers announced today that setter Rhianna Wilhelm will play for the Lopers in 2020.
Wihelm (5-9) attends Heartland High School and is the fifth member of the recruiting class, following Ibi Green (Elkhorn South H.S.), Jensen Rowse (Minden), Lauren Taubenheim (Lincoln Pius), Adi Wood (Kearney H.S.). Squiers noted more players will be added to the 2020 roster in the coming months and after the current NCAA dead period (ends April 15). Wilhelm came aboard in March before the quiet period began.
“Rhianna shows great potential for college volleyball in part due to her training and playing experience with one of the top clubs in the state. We are excited to be a part of her future development at the next level,” Squiers said.
UNK will have two senior setters on the 2020 roster in Madison Squiers (Kearney H.S.) and Taylin McNair (Imperial).
A four-year letterwinner in both track and volleyball for the Huskies, Wilhelm totaled 309 digs, 2097 assists, 160 kills, and 45 aces this past fall. Heartland won 15 matches after making the state tournament in 2017, its’ first appearance in that event a decade. That season Wilhelm set new HHS marks for set percentage (99.0) and assists (751) with the squad setting numerous team school records as well. During her career Wihelm has been tabbed Class D-1 all-state by the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Prep Dig.
The Lopers are set to begin fall camp in mid-August.