Profile: Brittany McNeal

Brittany McNeal

Story and photo by Teresa Lostroh, NewsNetNebraska

First, she was a Hawkeye. Then she was a Longhorn. Now, Brittany McNeal is happy as a Husker.

When McNeal, a 23-year-old senior news-editorial major, moved to Nebraska two years ago as a transfer student from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, she didn’t know much about the Cornhusker state.

She knew UNL’s volleyball team was a perennial powerhouse (her 21-year-old sister, Allison, plays middle blocker for the Huskers, and McNeal played the same position for Angelo State). And, of course, McNeal knew there was corn. Lots of it.

“It’s kind of surprising how similar Nebraska and Texas are, though,” she said of the two states that, when it comes to sports, would rather not be compared. “I definitely prefer the Huskers. I like the tradition here.”

McNeal lived in Iowa until she was 8, when her family uprooted to Texas. She moved to Nebraska in 2009 because her sister was here, and she wanted to be close to her parents, who now live in western Iowa.

Aside from playing and watching volleyball, McNeal’s hobbies include listening to music – her boyfriend plays guitar for Lincoln band “A Summer Better Than Yours,” and she writes for a music publication, HM Magazine.

And add baking and vacuuming to McNeal’s list of favorite activities.

Yes, vacuuming.

Atypical as her penchant for domestic chores may be, that’s not the only characteristic that McNeal said sets her apart.

“I feel pretty unique for having red hair,” she said.

But in the land of the Big Red, McNeal fits right in.

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