Husker fans got good news on a gloomy Wednesday in Lincoln: Lexi Sun is running it back at Nebraska for one more year.
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— lexi sun (@lexiisun) May 19, 2021
The senior outside hitter will use the free year of eligibility granted to student-athletes by the NCAA to return for her fifth year and compete in the fall.
“I am so excited to announce that I will be coming back to play my final season of college volleyball at the University of Nebraska,” Sun said in a release. “Because of the challenges that have come along with the past year, I am grateful to have received another opportunity to play and compete alongside some of my favorite people. I will be continuing a master’s degree in advertising and public relations, and I am especially looking forward to getting to play in front of Husker nation one last time. I can’t wait to see what else this last chapter of my time here at Nebraska holds. Go Big Red!”
Sun earned AVCA Second-Team All-America accolades, as well as All-Big Ten First Team and AVCA All-North Region honors last season for the Huskers, who went 16-3 on the year. A two-time Big Ten Player of the Week during the 11-week regular season, Sun led Nebraska with 3.64 kills per set and added 2.21 digs per set. She recorded five double-doubles on the season and totaled 43 blocks and a team-high 26 service aces.
But perhaps it’s the way her fourth season ended that prompts a return. Sun played her freshman season at Texas, where she earned a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection, before transferring to Nebraska. In the 2020 NCAA Tournament, Nebraska lost to Texas 3-1 in the Regional Finals.
“I am pumped Lexi has chosen to return to Nebraska for one more season,” head coach John Cook said in a release. “She has really grown as a player and a person in the last three years at Nebraska. Lexi still has unfinished business at Nebraska. We will be on a mission this season and her experience can help our younger group get there faster. We say there is no place like Nebraska, and it is really cool that she will be able to finish her career in front of our fans. Our team has definitely missed the Husker fans.”
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.