CPA picks former Nebraska All-American as volleyball coach

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 6:57pm

Rachel Holloway an All-American player at Nebraska, has been named the new head volleyball coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy, the school announced Tuesday.

She replaces Pat Perry, who resigned after four season with the Lions to pursue other interests. She also brings a unique perspective as someone who played at the highest level yet decided that it was not the most important aspect of her life.

Holloway, 22, was the starting setter for the 2006 Cornhuskers’ NCAA championship team as a freshman. She was an All-American as a freshman and sophomore but left Nebraska with two seasons of eligibility remaining for personal reasons, which included her family and her faith.

She played high school volleyball in Colorado, but at the time she left Nebraska, her family was in Franklin. She was the captain of USA Volleyball’s under-18 national team in 2005 and a high school All-American.

“I really needed to do what’s best for me,” she told the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star at the time she left Nebraska. “ … There’s more I need to do outside of volleyball that I haven’t been able to.

“I’m ready to be a regular kid for a while.”

Under Perry, CPA advanced to the state volleyball tournament in 2008 and 2009.