In 2003, former distinguished Husker middle Tonia Tauke started Nebraska ONE volleyball club alongside fellow former Huskers Mandy Monson and Nancy Grant Colson. Since then, the club has grown to be one of the state’s most accomplished and well-known.
Every player wearing our bold and bright Nebraska ONE lime green is proud to bring high positivity, strong effort and fierce competition to the court.
Our coaches are a highly trained group of individuals who know volleyball is about more than just winning games. Along with skill development, playing for Nebraska ONE will give your daughter a new sense of confidence, collaboration and competition that lasts for life.
Nebraska ONE founder Tonia Tauke was a middle hitter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) from 1996 to 1999. She was a national champion her 18s year of club, then helped the Huskers place in the Final Four twice during her college career. In 2003, she started Nebraska ONE with Nancy Colson and Mandy Monson.
“I love teaching the tall girls who are not quite coordinated enough to showcase their volleyball strength,” she said.
Fun Fact: as an advocate for empowering girls and women as athletes, the close-second name for the club was “Nebraska Empower.”
Rachel (Schwartz) Culwell
Rachel (Schwartz) Culwell played at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) from 2005 to 2008 as the Libero. The Huskers were runner-ups in the NCAA Championship in 2005, national champions in 2006 and Final Four semi-finalists in 2008. She was also a two-time, Second-Team Academic All-American. In her seven years with Nebraska ONE, she has coached teams that have won the Kansas City qualifier and finished top-10 at nationals, including placing second at AAU nationals in Florida.
“I love using the story God gave me to breathe life and encourage these young athletes. I love coaching about “life” through volleyball. I believe everyone has a purpose, and I cherish the fact that I get to play a small role in their journey,” she said.
Katelynn Seitz grew up in Illinois, where she played high school and club volleyball. She also played at the University of Dubuque in Iowa from 2012-2013. She has been coaching at Nebraska ONE since 2015, and is the High School Director and assistant club director. Her favorite part about being a Nebraska ONE coach is seeing how much girls progress over a season and the friendships that they build with their teammates.
How do I know if my daughter is ready for club?
Girls of all skill and experience levels are welcome to attend our tryouts. However, we recommend getting integrated into the Nebraska ONE program beforehand by coming to our classes. Our quick start level is intended for girls with little to no volleyball experience—likely through school or the YMCA—who want to learn the basics and get acquainted with the game in a low-pressure environment. Once they’ve gained the confidence and ability, they’ll be able to take their fundamentals to a team level and try out for club.
How big of a time commitment is club?
10s-14s players in traditional club must attend one almost-mandatory practice per week along with 12 skills classes. On the weekends, teams will have one preseason tournament and five one-day tournaments in Nebraska. Tournaments will take up the bulk of the day, but both players and parents agree they’re fun and well worth it.
Our ONE Z league for 4th-6th graders is less of a time commitment.
High schoolers can expect two almost-mandatory practices per week. They will attend six local tournaments, one bid tournament and one to three travel tournaments. 15s-18s players are also expected to attend four preseason position trainings, Kratos workouts before or after practice and five to six Saturday morning clinics (optional.)
How do I know which age group my daughter falls into?
The age cutoff is Sept. 1. Refer to the Great Plains Volleyball age definition chart.
Is club volleyball expensive?
Club volleyball is a reasonable investment that yields incredible and lasting results for your daughter both on and off the court. Our fees are significantly lower than many of the top clubs in Omaha that offer the same level of competition, and our multiple payment plans make club volleyball even more affordable.
Additionally, our ONE Z league and Practice Player options are less costly alternatives to traditional club. If money is ever a serious obstacle impeding on your daughter’s passion for volleyball, come chat with us.
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