Hames and Stivrins are both returning captains from 2020-21, and Hames also served in the role in 2019.
Last season, Hames picked up second-team All-America recognition and her second straight All-Big Ten award to cap her junior year. The Maryville, Tenn., native averaged a conference-leading 10.91 assists per set and led NU to a .270 hitting percentage, which was the second-best mark in the Big Ten. Hames also averaged 2.91 digs per set and posted 10 double-doubles in 19 matches. She surpassed the 3,000 career assists milestone to become the fourth Husker setter in program history to reach that mark.
Stivrins earned her third consecutive All-America award and second straight first-team recognition in 2020-21, as well as unanimous AVCA All-North Region and All-Big Ten First Team honors for the third straight season. She posted 3.19 kills per set and 1.03 blocks per set alongside a team-best .468 hitting percentage, which led the Big Ten, ranked third nationally and was the second-best single-season mark in school history. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native had double-digit kills in 11 of 18 matches played.
Knuckles started as Nebraska’s libero in all 19 matches last season, averaging a team-leading 3.52 digs per set. Hailing from Yorktown, Ind., she was a 2020 Academic All-Big Ten honoree and previously earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2019.
Nebraska makes its season debut on Friday, Aug. 27 with the Husker Invitational, facing Tulsa at 11 a.m. and Colgate at 6:30 p.m. at the Devaney Center.