Is Whitney Lauenstein Pregnant Again? Daughter Layla With Husband Luke

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The rumor of Whitney Lauenstein being pregnant has re-emerged as she officially entered the transfer portal on December 3, 2023, with two years of eligibility remaining.

Whitney Lauenstein, a prominent volleyball player known for her prowess as an opposite hitter, has been making waves both on and off the court.

Whitney Lauenstein Stepped Out Of Nebraska Volleyball In January 2023
Whitney Lauenstein Stepped Out Of Nebraska Volleyball In January 2023 (Source: Opendorse)

Born on September 24, 2002, in Waverly, Nebraska, Whitney is the daughter of Carla Lauenstein and the late Ryan Lauenstein.

Whitney’s journey in the world of volleyball began at Waverly High School. She played a crucial role in helping the Vikings reach the Class B State Tournament in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Likewise, Lauenstein was the No. 16 overall prospect in the class of 2021, according to She also held the second spot among prospects in Nebraska.

The Waverly native joined the University of Nebraska in 2021 and made an immediate impact.

She appeared in 27 matches and showcased her skills with five kills in nine matches during her freshman year.

As a sophomore in 2022, Whitney averaged 2.78 kills per set, 1.07 blocks per set, and hitting .238.

Standing tall at 6 feet 2 inches, she led her team with 28 aces and earned recognition as an AVCA All-Region selection.

Is Whitney Lauenstein Pregnant Again?

Whitney Lauenstein has once again become the center of attention, not for pregnancy rumors, but for her transfer from Nebraska.

The speculations of her being pregnant first arose when Whitney stepped away from the Nebraska volleyball team in January 2023.

She decided to part ways with the Huskers via Instagram, citing a need to focus on herself and be with her family.

This decision came as she continued to cope with the loss of her father, Ryan Lauenstein, in 2021.

Whitney And Luke Got Engaged In 2023 April
Whitney And Luke Got Engaged In 2023 April (Source: Instagram)

Despite Whitney’s public explanation, rumors persisted, suggesting a pregnancy as the underlying reason for her departure from the team.

Many fans took offense at the pregnancy speculations and the intrusion into her personal life. 

However, as time unfolded, it became evident that the rumors were indeed true, marking a new chapter in Whitney’s life.

Meet Whitney Lauenstein’s Husband And Daughter

Whitney’s personal life revolves around her relationship with the father of her child, Luke Partridge.

Luke is a fellow athlete from Doane University, known for his achievements in Track and Field.

Hailing from Wahoo, Nebraska, Luke joined Doane University after graduating from Wahoo High School in 2020. He is currently majoring in Business Administration.

The Doane athlete excels as a Hammer, Discus, and Weight thrower in Track and Field.

Notably, he finished first in Weight Throw at the Ward Haylett Invitational in January 2023, representing the Doane Tigers.

Similarly, he won the Hammer Throw event at Doane – Wesleyan Dual and Concordia Invite in 2023.

Whitney Lauenstein With Her Daughter Layla
Whitney Lauenstein With Her Daughter Layla (Source: Instagram)

The couple has been together since July 2020 and took a significant step in their relationship by getting engaged in April 2023. 

While the love birds are yet to get married, their love story culminated with the birth of their daughter, Layla Ryan Partridge, in June.

The former Nebraska player shared a heartwarming glimpse of Layla in her Instagram in August.

She posted a picture of herself looking at her adorable daughter, captioning the photo with “My favorite activity.”

As Whitney is preparing for her return to the court, fans can assume that little Layla is doing well.

Swochandra Shrestha
Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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