On Friday, former PrepVolleyball.com No. 1 Senior Ace Lexi Sun announced her intention to transfer from Texas, where she spent last season playing for the Longhorns.
Sun was part of Texas’ top-ranked recruiting class last spring before starting for the Longhorns in the fall, finishing second on the team with 337 kills (3.27 per set) in 103 sets played and earning All-Big 12 First Team and All-Freshman Team honors.
Sun, the 2016 Gatorade National Player of the Year, committed to Texas during her sophomore season. Announcing her decision to leave after her rookie campaign comes as a huge surprise.
“I want to thank all of the people that have impacted me throughout my time here at The University of Texas,” Sun said in a prepared state released by the university. “I know the Longhorn volleyball program will continue to be successful and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Texas coach Jerritt Elliott also released a statement through the university, saying, “This is about Lexi and her family. We think she is a wonderful young lady. We have a lot of respect for her and wish her the best of luck.”
Sun did not say where she is transferring or when she plans to make an announcement, but clearly that part becomes the next piece in the puzzle.
Statements from Coach Elliott and freshman Lexi Sun regarding her decision to transfer. pic.twitter.com/RjzGC07OKP
— Texas Volleyball (@TexasVolleyball) February 23, 2018
Wherever Sun winds up, it appears to be a blow to Texas. As of now, junior Micaya White and senior Yazzie Bedart-Ghani are the only two outsides listed on the roster.
Asjia O’Neal, a 6-3 middle from Drive Nation, is the only front row player coming aboard next season. It’s going to leave Texas ultra-thin on the pin until the Longhorns figure out a way to resolve it.
As to where Sun is headed would be purely speculation at this point. There are plenty of rumors circulating out there, including one that involves Sun’s former club coach at Coast in JJ Van Niel, who recently left Utah to become an assistant at USC. Again, it’s all speculation but what’s fun about that rumor is that it would pair Sun with another former No. 1 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace in Khalia Lanier. It’s natural anyway with Sun being from San Diego that there’s lots of chatter about West Coast schools in general.
Wherever Sun lands is going to be an instant game changer. We know that much and it’s something we will follow as it continues to develop.