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Nebraska setter Hunter Atherton plans to transfer

Nebraska's Hunter Atherton (10) high fives fans as the Huskers come out to the Kearney (Neb.) High School court for a spring match versus Colorado State (KHGI)

Nebraska volleyball loses senior setter Kelly Hunter and now they lose an up and coming setter Hunter Atherton, who plans to transfer.

“I really love our team, and they are an amazing group of individuals. I will miss them more than anything,” Atherton said in a statement released by the University. “I have made some of my best friends at Nebraska and I will forever be grateful for that. I also want to thank our fans for their support. Being able to experience this has been life changing, and I want to thank all the fans for everything they do for the program.”

The story was first broken by the Nebraska Prep Volleyball Twitter account.

The 5’11” setter out of Prospect, Ohio appeared in 52 sets and ranked second on the roster with 137 assists.

“I want to thank Hunter for her contributions to our team this season, which included setting two very tough matches in her first-career college action to start the season for us, and also playing a key role as a serving sub throughout the season, especially during big moments of the final four,” head coach John Cook said. “I wish her all the best as she moves forward in her career.”

Atherton played in 20 matches this year for the Huskers, mostly in a limited role as a service specialist where she had 13 aces, sixth most on the team. She did start the first two matches of the season when Kelly Hunter was sidelined.

The redshirt freshman was expected to take over as the program's top disher with the graduation of Hunter, and now Nebraska is left with incoming freshman Nicklin Hames as the lone setter on the roster.

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