By Leo Adam Biga
Flatwater Free Press 

Nebraska volleyball pioneer helping bump game to its next level


January 25, 2024

Scott Bruhn | NU Communications

Volleyball leader • Diane Mendenhall speaks at the Nebraska Athletics Leadership Society at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. Mendenhall held many roles at NU, including director of operations for volleyball and director of the Nebraska Alumni Association. Last year she was hired to serve as president of Nebraska's franchise in the upstart Pro Volleyball Federation. The franchise, which competes as the Omaha Supernovas, will play its first match Wednesday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

Volleyball is set to start a new chapter in Nebraska and at the helm is a woman who quietly helped establish the game's stronghold in the state.

Few own the imprint on Nebraska volleyball that Diane Mendenhall does. The Ogallala native has held just about every role – player, coach, analyst, administrator. When she was named president of the new Nebraska pro volleyball franchise, it gave the brand-new Omaha Supernovas instant credibility, said former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit.

"She's exceptional," Pettit said. "If the team plays as well as Diane handles her responsibilities the...

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