Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney head volleyball coach Rick Squiers announced today that daughter Madison “Maddie” Squiers has transferred to UNK.
The Kearney Catholic graduate and 5-8 setter has two years of eligibility remaining after starring at NAIA Bellevue University the past two falls. The plan is to redshirt Squiers in 2018 as Lindsey Smith (Dakota Dunes, S.D.) has been the starting setter the past two years and will be a senior this fall.
“We are excited to have Madison coming home to UNK. Over the past two seasons at Bellevue, she has made huge strides as a setter and all around volleyball player. We look forward to seeing what she can do as a Loper,” said Squiers.
Madison will follow her older sisters, Jordan and Anna, as Loper volleyball players. Anna recently completed her freshman season in which she served as starting right side hitter.
For the Bruins in 2016 and 2017, Squiers averaged 10.9 assists, 2.6 digs and 1.0 kills per set while hitting .280. Serving up 104 aces and recording 124 blocks, she helped Bellevue win 62 matches and twice reach the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, Ia. The Bruins also had two top three finishes in the NSAA (North Star Athletic Association).
Individually, Squiers was a two-time second-team AVCA NAIA All-American, a two-time first-team All-North Central Region selection and a two-time first-team All-NSAA pick. In 2016, she was chosen as the NAIA, North Central Region and NSAA Freshman of the Year.
For the KCHS Stars, she was named all-state in both basketball and volleyball and was a state track qualifier in the triple and long jumps. Squiers helped the volleyball team win three straight Class C-1 state titles as well as the 2016 Class C-1 state basketball crown. Out of season, she played for Rick as a member of the Nebraska Gold club team.
UNK went 33-4 in 2017, winning both the MIAA regular season and tournament titles. Winning 30 matches for the 30th time in program history, the Lopers also reached a 19th straight NCAA Tournament and was ranked in the AVCA Top 10 (ninth) for a 13th straight season.