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NU Volleyball vs. Santa Clara, 8.31.18

Nebraska sophomore Sami Slaughter goes in for the kill against Santa Clara's Liliana Light during the Ameritas Players Challenge on Saturday at the Devaney Sports Center.

Sophomore backup outside hitter Sami Slaughter will transfer from the Nebraska volleyball team and continue her career at the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota program announced Thursday.

Slaughter, the 2016 South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Harrisburg High School to a state title, will be joining the Coyotes after spending her first two college seasons at Nebraska.

The 6-foot-1 Slaughter, who will enroll at South Dakota this spring, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and is joining a Coyotes team fresh off the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance at the NCAA Division I level.

Slaughter, an Academic All-Big Ten selection, appeared in 10 matches this season while totaling 25 kills and 11 digs as Nebraska reached the national championship match. She appeared in six matches and totaled five kills during Nebraska’s national title season in 2017.

Slaughter started the first match of the 2018 season, against Florida, when Nebraska did not have outside hitter Lexi Sun due to an injury.

Once Sun started playing, during the third week of the season, Slaughter appeared in only four more matches, including one in the NCAA Tournament.

With the graduation of Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska will probably be pretty young at the outside hitter position for next season. Sun will be a junior. Others who will compete in practice to play are sophomore Capri Davis and incoming freshmen Madi Kubik and Riley Zuhn. Kubik, the No. 4-ranked player in the class according to PrepVolleyball.com, will enroll in January and take part in the spring season.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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