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Alexis Dawn Sun (born September 19, 1998)[1] is an American college volleyball player at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a high school senior at Santa Fe Christian School, she was named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year[2].She was the number 1 national recruit entering college and enrolled at the University of Texas following graduation in 2017. After her freshman year at Texas, she announced in April of 2018 she would be transferring to the University of Nebraska.[3]

Lexi Sun
Personal information
Full nameAlexis Dawn Sun
BornSeptember 19, 1998
Encinitas, California
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
College(s)University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Volleyball information
PositionOutside Hitter
Number10

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Lexi Sun was born and raised in Encinitas, California to Conrad and Beth Sun. Conrad played basketball for Sacramento State University, then later for the Taiwanese National Team. She has two siblings, her brother Marcus and sister Natalie.[4]

Growing up, she played competitive soccer for eight years, winning back-to-back state cups, but quickly grew to be 5'10, too tall for soccer.[5] Her parents signed her up for volleyball and she proved to be naturally gifted.

High School Career[edit | edit source]

Sun attended Santa Fe Christian, a private school in Solana Beach, California. Her freshman year, she registered 390 kills and 164 digs, finishing the year with a .312 hitting percentage.[6] She was named to the MaxPreps underclass All-American team[7] and the California Volleyball All-State team[8] in 2014.

In her sophomore year, she finished with 240 kills and 235 digs, hitting .298 on the year[9]. During this year, she was named the player of the match three times, establishing herself as one of the nations top high school players

Entering into her junior year, she was named to the 2015 MaxPreps Preseason All-American Team. However, due to her having a very active summer playing for the USA Under-18 National Team, she elected to sit out her junior season, giving herself time to rest and recover. In March of 2015, she officially committed to playing volleyball at the University of Texas[10].

Sun decided to return to her high school volleyball team for her senior year in the fall of 2016. She finished the year with a career high 630 kills, 288 digs, and a .431 hitting percentage. [11]She was named player of the match 11 times and led the Eagles to a 32-8 record.[12] She was named the MaxPreps California Player of the Year [13]after averaging 28 kills per match. She would also go on to be named the MaxPreps National Volleyball Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, and was voted MVP at the Under Armor All-American game[14]. She was ranked by many publications as the number 1 high school recruit, despite having already committed to Texas the previous year.

USA Volleyball Junior Teams[edit | edit source]

Sun was a part of the Under-17 USA Beach Volleyball team that won gold at the FIVB World Championships in Mexico[15]. In the summer of 2015, Sun travelled to Peru to play in the World Championships with the USA Under-18 National Team. There, she led the team in scoring and eventually led the team to a silver medal[16]. The following summer, she played with the USA Volleyball Women's Junior National Team before returning to her high school team to play in her senior season. [17]

College Career[edit | edit source]

University of Texas (2017-2018)[edit | edit source]

Sun arrived at the University of Texas in 2017, following a dominant senior season at Santa Fe Christian. During her 2017 season at Texas, she registered 337 kills, second on the team, along with 151 digs[18]. She helped the longhorns to a perfect 16-0 record in Big 12 conference play, 27-3 overall[19]. Sun was a unanimous first team all-Big 12 selection, three time Big-12 freshman of the week, and was an AVCA All-American honorable mention[20]. She announced in April of 2018 she would be transferring to the University of Nebraska to continue her career.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2018-present)[edit | edit source]

After arriving in Lincoln in the summer of 2018, Sun was forced to sit out of preseason workouts and the first 7 matches of the 2018 season due to an upper body injury[21]. In her first game as a husker, she registered 13 kills and 5 digs against New Mexico University[22]. She finished the year second on the team in kills with 327, averaging 3.11 per set. She also finished with 282 digs, 30 serving aces, and 56 blocks.[23] The team finished the year 29-7, making it to their fourth consecutive NCAA Final Four before falling to Stanford in the NCAA National Championship match.[24] Sun had a team high 19 kills in the national semifinal win over Illinois to go along with 12 digs. [25]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Lexi Sun Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  2. "Lexi Sun 2016 - 2017 GATORADE NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR". playeroftheyear.gatorade.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. "Lexi Sun commits to transfer to Nebraska". 247sports.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  4. "NCAA volleyball -- Texas Longhorns recruit Lexi Sun could be volleyball's next big star". espnW. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  5. "NCAA volleyball -- Texas Longhorns recruit Lexi Sun could be volleyball's next big star". espnW. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  6. "Lexi Sun's High School Volleyball Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  7. "MaxPreps 2014 Underclass All-American Girls Volleyball Team - MaxPreps". MaxPreps.com. 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  8. "MaxPreps 2014 California Volleyball All-State Teams - MaxPreps". MaxPreps.com. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  9. "Lexi Sun's High School Volleyball Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  10. Prepvolleyball.com, Chris Tabolski and. "Recruiting Dish: Texas Fields Another '19 Top-Tier Commit | F.A.S.T. Complex". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  11. "Lexi Sun's High School Volleyball Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  12. "Lexi Sun's High School Volleyball Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  13. "MaxPreps 2016 California All-State Volleyball Teams - MaxPreps". MaxPreps.com. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  14. "Lexi Sun Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  15. "Lexi Sun". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  16. "ALL-USA Volleyball Player of the Year: Lexi Sun, Sante Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.)". USA TODAY High School Sports. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  17. "ALL-USA Volleyball Player of the Year: Lexi Sun, Sante Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.)". USA TODAY High School Sports. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  18. "Defending champion Nebraska Cornhuskers welcome high-profile transfer Lexi Sun from Texas Longhorns". espnW. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  19. "- Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site". www.big12sports.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  20. "Lexi Sun Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  21. Wagner, Brent. "Transfer Lexi Sun asked John Cook if he'd push her to another level: 'I'm like, "Yeah, love to"'". JournalStar.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  22. "Lexi Sun Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  23. "Nebraska - Cumulative Season Statistics". www.huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  24. "Volleyball - Schedule - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site". www.huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  25. "Lexi Sun Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-25.

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