Lindsay Krause is dominant. Even if you didn’t see all the stats, medals, and awards, you would understand that Krause is in a class of her own. The second she steps onto the volleyball court, the imposing 6’ 4” athlete takes command of the gym. She carries herself with a self assurance earned through years of play at an elite level. Each movement is precise and powerful. Rarely does she make the wrong decision, and even more rarely does she face defeat.
The Senior at Omaha Skutt-Catholic High School did not play a single high school season that didn’t end in her hoisting a state championship trophy. This past winter, she helped guide her team to their 4th consecutive title with a 36-1 record. Thanks to the pandemic, Lindsay was actually able to play the entire season this year. Krause was unable to play with the Skyhawks for a few weeks in both her Sophomore and Junior seasons. The reason? She was busy representing the United States on the youth national team in international tournaments.
Skutt’s head coach, Renee Saunders is quick to note that beyond Krause’s archetypical athletic ability, she is an incredible leader and teammate. As she explains, ““Lindsay is a standout player because she is driven and never settles for OK. She holds herself to very high standards both on and off the court. She also is a student of the game and a coach on the court. She sees things and understands the game differently than most players her age.”
Lindsay’s abilities have hardly gone unnoticed. Before she even played a single match of high school volleyball, Krause received an offer to play for perennial top 10 college volleyball team, the University of Nebraska. She is a four-time First team selection for the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super State Team. Krause received her second Nebraska volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year award this year and was also named Volleyball.com’s Fall High School Player of the Year. Lindsay was the second player chosen for the Under Armour high school All-American match. A match she had dreamed of playing in since she was 12 years old.
With so much already achieved, it’s difficult to fathom that Kraus’s career is just getting started. Having accepted that offer from the Cornhuskers, Lindsay will be one of the marquee signees in the 2021 recruiting class -- a class many are saying is the best recruiting class head coach John Cook has ever assembled. Playing on one of the best teams in the most elite conference in college volleyball will continue to hone Krause into one of the most impressive athletes the sport has ever seen.
In looking to her future, Saunders explains what makes Krause special, “Lindsay will challenge herself to continue to improve, and I think Nebraska will take her to another level. Her ceiling is high, and I think we have only begun to see her true potential. She is a true competitor, but she also has a super-high IQ. I think she has the ability and the skill set to make an immediate impact at the next level. She has ‘it.’ ”