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Nebraska volleyball gets commit from No. 1 national recruit Skyler Pierce

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LINCOLN — Nebraska's 2024 recruiting class started off with a bang Sunday, when the No. 1 prospect in the nation, according to one scouting service, committed to the Huskers.

Skyler Pierce, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Olathe (Kan.) Northwest, committed just four days after the NCAA allowed college coaches to start making phone calls to the 2024 class.

She’s ranked No. 1 in the nation by Prep Dig. PrepVolleyball.com ranks Pierce ninth. Her club program, Dynasty, has several top-30 recruits in the 2024 class and won a national championship last summer. This summer, Pierce was selected to a tryout camp with the U.S. junior national team.

Nebraska’s five-time national championship program has had success recruiting most of the country. But Pierce's commit is another example the Huskers benefiting from a top prospect playing in a neighboring state, much like NU's success with Iowans Nancy Metcalf, Mikaela Foecke, Madi Kubik and Hayden Kubik.

“I think one of the main reasons why I chose Nebraska was because it’s a great volleyball program,” Pierce said. “It has a great fan base and some great coaches and players who are the top players in the country, which I’m so excited to play and compete with. But most of all I chose them because I knew my family would be able to be involved with my volleyball journey.”

Pierce has been following Nebraska closely since 2017, when Kansas City hosted the NCAA Final Four. In the semifinal, the Huskers beat No. 1 Penn State in five sets in one of the greatest matches in program history. Nebraska then beat Florida to win the title.

Pierce was in sixth grade then, but the Huskers left a big impression on her.

“Just seeing how hard they were working for each other, it wasn’t an individual game at all,” she said. “You just could just tell how much they wanted it for each other.”

Pierce has made three trips to Lincoln for Husker volleyball camps. Last summer, she attended Nebraska’s Dream Team camp, where she got to meet several of Nebraska’s players and commits from the 2022 and 2023 recruiting classes.

Pierce was also considering Southern California, Stanford, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois and Michigan.

She talked to the Nebraska coaches last Wednesday, the first day allowed. Pierce let them know Nebraska was a strong contender, but that she would take a few days to talk with college coaches.

But she quickly made her decision, coming about 17 months before she can sign with the Huskers.

“I don’t think anybody is really surprised,” Pierce said. “I definitely think my family was rooting for Nebraska.”

Nebraska already has a strong recruiting class for the group of high school seniors. Husker commit Harper Murray is ranked No. 1 by PrepVolleyball.com and three of the top four players in the 2023 recruit rankings are committed to Nebraska.

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