Gabel, Webber commit to Nebraska, sign on for Husker dream

Author: Kate Linderman, Editor-in-Chief, Xchange

Growing up in Nebraska, many young athletes look up to the Huskers with the dream of one day wearing the Nebraska jersey, but it is limited to a select few. This dream has come true for senior volleyball player Emma Gabel and junior soccer player Elana Webber.

Both athletes have decided to continue their athletic careers into college, committing to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to do so.

Gabel, a libero, began her recruiting process towards the end of her sophomore year just before nationals.

“Since liberos usually don’t get recruited until later in their junior-senior year, I started recruiting sophomore year with the help of my club coaches Maggie Griffin and Dan Mader,” Gabel said. “I sent out a whole bunch of emails to D1 and D2 schools and then went to camps over the summer with schools I talked to.”

Following the camps she narrowed down her list to about five schools, thinking she would commit to one of those. Heading into her senior club season, her plans changed.

“Nebraska talked to my coaches and then I started emailing with Nebraska,” Gabel said. “I did my visit there and then shortly after that I committed.”

It took her less than a month after Nebraska expressed their interest to commit.

“Right when I visited the university I knew it was for me,” Gabel said. “The coaches and all the girls there made it feel like home and like a family.”

Webber started her recruiting process with the University of Nebraska. After building her athletic resume with the help of Gretna Soccer Club, she attended their ID (Identification) camp.

“I went to the ID camp and I sent them an email saying I was interested in their school,” Webber said. “Then freshman year they noticed me and they emailed my soccer coach asking about my work ethic. I just kept going to their camps every year and they said that I had grown as a player.”

Webber spent the majority of her time emailing coaches and inviting them to her games.

“Writing emails took up a lot of time because they had to be personal emails,” she said. “You don’t want the college coaches to think you are just copying and pasting. It can’t be generic.”

The time commitment, especially at the Division 1 level, requires players to be committed to their sport. Webber looks forward to this.

“My club right now is three days a week and for me I wish it was more,” she said. “I enjoy high school season because it’s practice every day. With my club right now, I wish there was more soccer. With a Division 1 program, you’re doing soccer every day. It’s right up my alley.”

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