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UNO Volleyball signs 6 for next year

UNO Volleyball signs 6 for next year

OMAHA, Neb. – Head volleyball coach Matt Buttermore announced the addition of six student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent for the 2020 season.

The signees include defensive specialists Libby Borgerding and Saige Christo, outside hitters Jordan Stalpes and McKenna Ruch, setter Olivia Curry and middle blocker Abby Plouzek.

“This year’s recruiting class has a number of student-athletes with great potential from great club and high school programs,” said Buttermore. “They will help us continue to grow for the next four years and make an impact in 2020.”

Libby Borgerding | Highlands Ranch, Colo. | DS | 5-7

Borgerding joins the Maverick family as a defensive specialist out of Highlands Ranch High School where she is currently in her fourth letterwinning season for the Falcons. During her first three years, she was selected First Team All-Continental League as a junior and Second Team All-Continental as a sophomore. She also garnered all-state academic honors the past two seasons. In club play, she helped her team to a Rocky Mountain Region JNQs 14 Division title and a championship in the Pacific Northwest 15-open with the Colorado Juniors.

“Libby is a dynamic defender who has been playing a high level of club and high school ball,” said Buttermore. “We’re excited to see the impact she can make in the back row next year.”

Saige Christo | Ashland, Neb. | DS | 5-4

Christo comes to Omaha from Ashland-Greenwood High School where she is coming off a season in which she broke her school’s career dig (1,143) and service ace records (143). She also helped her team to a pair of district championships. As a freshman, Christo recorded a single-match record of 11 aces in a game. Christo also played club volleyball for the Nebraska juniors under head coach Ryan Coomes.

“Saige is a tough and smart defender who I think will also develop into a very good server and back row player in general,” said Buttermore. “She comes from successful high school and club programs, and will definitely add to the culture in our gym.”

Jordan Stalpes | Champlin, Minn. | OH | 5-10 

Stalpes comes to the Mavericks out of Champlin Park High School where she garnered two all-conference honors and most recently earned AVCA All-Region 7 honors, third team all-metro and a conference championship in her senior year. As a junior, she helped her team to the 2018 Minnesota state championship, earning all-tournament honors with 239 kills and 201 digs. As a freshman, her team finished runner-up in state with a 31-3 record and won the conference and sectional titles. She played club volleyball for the Minnesota Select.

“Jordan is an aggressive and athletic attacker who can play all the way around and brings a lot of energy to the court,” said Buttermore. “She’s played at a high level in club and high school and we’re excited to work with her.”

McKenna Ruch | Omaha, Neb. | OH | 6-2

Ruch comes to the program next season as a local out of Millard North High School. In her first three seasons with the Mustangs, Ruch garnered Omaha World Herald Class A All-State First Team honors twice and is a two-time Class A Nebraska State Champion her freshman and junior seasons, as well as a Class A Runner-up in her sophomore campaign. She’s also garnered Lincoln Journal Star Class A First Team honors and was the Prep Dig Nebraska Class A Player of the Year.

“McKenna will join us after having tremendous success in high school and club,” said Buttermore. “She has a heavy arm and can pass the ball. She’s competed in a lot of championship moments, and that experience will benefit our team.”

Olivia Curry | West Des Moines, Iowa | S | 5-10

Current comes to Omaha as a setter out of West Des Moines Valley High School. During her high school career, she was named all-conference all four years and a multiple-time all-state honoree. Curry recently helped her team to a runner-up finish in the state tournament after a conference title. She reached over 2,000 career assists as a setter where she garnered all-conference first team honors. Curry also played club volleyball for the Central Iowa Select under head coach Emilio Mendoza where her team made four USA Nationals appearances.

“Olivia is another good athlete who can make dynamic plays on the second contact as a setter,” said Buttermore. “She also has significant beach volleyball experience and will bring a lot of all-around skill to our gym. She can make an impact in multiple ways.”

Abby Plouzek | Dorchester, Neb. | MB | 6-3

Plouzek brings height to the Mavericks next season as a four-year letterwinner for the Vikings under head coach Terri Neujahr at Waverly High School. She is coming off a junior season with 344 kills on .343 hitting with 5.0 kills per set. She also tallied 227 service aces as a junior and had 312 as a sophomore. Thus far through her first three years in high school, Plouzek has 205 total blocks.

“Abby really started to develop in the last year, and we’re excited about her future in the middle,” said Buttermore. “Coming off of successful high school and club seasons, she’s gained a lot of experience that will help her make an impact in our gym next fall.”

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