Kearney, NE -- Nebraska-Kearney head volleyball coach Rick Squiers announced today that Kearney native Bailee Sterling has transferred to the program and will suit up for the Lopers this fall.
The 5-11 outside hitter spent the 2018 fall semester as a redshirt at Division I Northern Colorado. By joining UNK now she'll be able to go through winter workouts and spring ball. Among the graduating seniors this year for the Lopers was outside hitter Kendall Schroer who led the team in kills per set (3.26).
"Bailee's passion for the game and outstanding athleticism are a welcome addition to Loper volleyball. She is a versatile and explosive attacker who can score kills and blocks in bunches," said Squiers. "We are really excited to add another home town girl to our roster and look forward to working her into the mix this spring." data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D
Sterling was a four-year volleyball and three-year track letterwinner for the Bearcats. Helping the Bearcats win two league titles and finish as district runners up twice, Sterling was twice named honorable mention Class A all-state. Named all-district and all-league as well, she participated in the USA Volleyball National Team Training block.
Showing her athleticism, she was a four-time Class A state qualifier in the high jump, tying for second in 2018 and placing third in 2016 (career-best of 5-7). She also helped the 4x800 relay team finish runner up in 2015 and was a member of the 4x4 relay team that came in fourth that same spring.
UNK has made 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and is coming off a 33-3 campaign in which it finished the year ranked 12th in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 poll.