Texas' Lexi Sun (11) hits past Mirta Baselovic (17) and Riley Fisbeck (3) during an inner-squad scrimmage at Gregory Gym Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Volleyball

Big 12 honors Sun as Texas slips in national volleyball poll

Posted September 4th, 2017

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On Monday, Texas’ volleyball team received some good news and some bad news.

First, the good news. To open the week, Texas outside hitter Lexi Sun was named the Big 12’s Freshman of the Week. Over three matches at this past weekend’s USD Tournament in San Diego, Sun contributed 31 kills and a .342 hitting percentage. Competing near her hometown of Encinitas, Calif., Sun was named the MVP of the four-team showcase.

This is Sun’s first appearance on the Big 12’s honor roll. Last year, UT outside hitter Micaya White was an eight-time winner of the conference’s weekly award for freshmen.

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Sun’s play led Texas to three wins, the last of which came at the expense of a San Diego team that was ranked 17th in the nation. Despite the victories, Texas slipped from fourth to fifth in the AVCA’s weekly poll on Monday. The Longhorns were leapfrogged by No. 3 Penn State, which was listed fifth last week.

Minnesota topped this week’s poll, which sets up a scintillating showdown in Austin between the Gophers and Longhorns on Friday. Minnesota (5-0) is the AVCA poll’s third top-ranked team in as many weeks. Texas (4-1) entered the season in the first-place slot, and Stanford replaced the Longhorns after UT’s year-opening loss to Florida.

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