NORTH BEND – The North Bend Central volleyball team won 28 games last year and qualified for the state tournament for the first time in nearly two decades.
A big part of the recent success for NBC has been standout seniors Kristin Lux and Brooke Fredrickson.
Upon finishing their senior campaigns this year, both Lux and Fredrickson will take their talents to the collegiate level.
Lux, a 6’2 middle hitter recently announced her commitment to Division I West Virginia.
“The at-home feel was probably the biggest factor. The coaches and the team were super open and I was super comfortable around them, and just the environment,” Lux said. “They made it feel like at home instead of ‘oh we need to get you here’ and it’s not like just a business-type feel. It’s more of a they want you, they’re willing to open up and they’re really close.”
Lux was also considering offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Creighton and Midland, among others.
Fredrickson, a 6’0 outside hitter, will stay in-state and intends to play for Midland University in Fremont.
“I didn’t wanna go to a big school, so I didn’t try to get offered to any DI colleges, so I tried to stay small,” Fredrickson said.
Fredrickson said that she considered competing in track in college, and received plenty of Division I offers for the sport. But she ultimately decided she enjoyed volleyball more, and that’s when Midland separated themselves from the group of schools Fredrickson was considering.
“They have an awesome nursing program, which is great because that’s what I really wanna go into,” Fredrickson said. “They have great coaches, the atmosphere in that gym is awesome. The crowd is great, the fans are super supportive. ALl the players are super supportive too. It’s just awesome there. I like it a lot.”
While both Fredrickson and Lux are looking to forward to what college has in store, they remain focused on their senior seasons at North Bend Central.
“I’m super excited and kinda nervous,” Lux said. “I don’t want it to end, but I’m excited to move on too.”
“I’m super excited. I cannot wait,” Fredrickson said. “We’re looking pretty good so far, so we’re excited to start finally.”
The Tigers begin the 2017 season on Thursday, August 31 in the Northeast Nebraska Tournament hosted by Pender and Wisner-Pilger.