The article below was featured in our 2015 Alumni Newsletter. We're rooting for back-to-back National Championships!
Papillion La Vista Community Schools has a history of athletic achievement, and the 2015 NCAA National Champion Husker volleyball team demonstrated that with three familiar faces: Papillion La Vista South graduates Kelly Hunter, Amber Rolfzen, and Kadie Rolfzen, all Class of 2013.
The Huskers swept Texas for the championship December 19, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, ending their season with a 32-4 record. Kelly, Kadie, and Amber all play pivotal roles on the team, the Rolfzens as outside hitters and Kelly as setter. Of course, this type of success is not unfamiliar to the trio. They won three consecutive state titles in high school, and ranked first nationally two of those years.
“The best part about being a Husker is the fact that we get to represent our hometown,” Kadie says. “It makes it that much sweeter to be able to come home and have people come up to us because they are so proud of us.” Kelly agrees, saying the fans “are behind us win or lose. They just love watching us no matter what.”
Kelly, Amber, and Kadie were recognized between basketball games at Papillion La Vista South on January 9, 2016, the girls were presented plaques recognizing their accomplishments, and Mayors David Black and Doug Kindig proclaimed the day “Rolfzen-Hunter” Day in Papillion and La Vista.
Kadie’s advice to current students is just “to enjoy every moment. Life just goes by so fast and the older I have got and the more stuff I have on my plate to get done, the faster it seems to go by.”
Amber says, “You can never have too high of goals. The motto here at Nebraska is Dream Big and that’s exactly what I would tell everyone. It doesn’t have to be just through sports but anything you want to achieve.”
For now, the trio is back to studying, off-season training, and preparing for the sand volleyball season.
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