Nebraska announced on Wednesday evening that sophomore outside hitter Capri Davis is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence from the team, effective immediately.
Coach John Cook didn’t have any more details to offer on her status after the team’s practice on Wednesday. He said he’s not sure whether or not she’ll return this season but will address her absence after she returns, whenever that may be.
Davis, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Mansfield, Texas, has played in nine matches and 27 sets this season off the bench. She had played primarily in a rotation with freshman outside hitter Madi Kubik, providing an offensive spark in the front row. Davis averaged 1.41 kills per set on .174 hitting.
Davis put up a season-high 10 kills in the team’s opener against Creighton then followed that up with eight kills against UCLA. She missed the next two weeks (five matches) with an abdominal injury before returning to the court against Stanford in mid-September. She did not play against Rutgers while dealing with an illness but was back in the lineup when the Huskers returned home from New Jersey to take on Wisconsin. She played against Michigan State and Michigan but did not see the court in the team’s last two matches.
As a freshman, Davis appeared in 26 matches (including three starts) and 69 sets, averaging 1.14 kills per set on .171 hitting.
With Davis on the shelf, Nebraska has starters Lexi Sun and Kubik at outside hitter with 6-foot-5 freshman Riley Zuhn, who has split her practice reps between outside hitter and middle blocker, on the bench. Zuhn has played in nine matches and 16 sets.
“Riley will now focus on being an outside hitter, which is what we recruited her for … I have total confidence in Riley,” Cook said. “She works her tail off, she is very resilient, she plays two positions, she never complains, she does what she trains to do. We threw her in there today and she did great. I have total confidence. I’ve been looking for opportunities to get Riley in in games and I was really going to try to do that in the second half. So this will give her a little bit more opportunity to do that. She’s been doing really well.”
The Huskers (15-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will head to Indiana this weekend to take on the Hoosiers on Friday and Purdue on Saturday.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.