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Two Nebraska volleyball players earn All-America honors
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Two Nebraska volleyball players earn All-America honors

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Nebraska vs Michigan, 10.13

Nebraska’s Lexi Sun (11) collects a kill as Michigan's Jess Robinson (center) and Mackenzi Welsh try to block it Oct. 13 at the Devaney Sports Center.

Lexi Sun is now Nebraska’s nation-leading 46th All-America volleyball player.

The junior outside hitter was named a third-team All-American on Wednesday morning, earning All-America honors for the first time in her career.

Also, Nebraska junior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins, named to the second team, earned All-America honors for the second time.

Nebraska’s two AVCA All-America selections improved its total to 92 all-time, second-most in the nation. Nebraska has had at least two All-Americans five years in a row.

Sun led Nebraska with 425 kills this season. The transfer from Texas improved her hitting percentage from .195 last season to .270 this season.

Sun also averaged 2.45 digs per set and had 25 ace serves. She posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Stivrins averaged 2.55 kills per set, 1.07 blocks per set and a team-best .374 hitting percentage. She helped the Huskers to a .152 opponent hitting percentage this season, which ranked eighth in the nation. Stivrins led the Huskers to an eighth straight NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance and is the 32nd Husker all-time to earn multiple AVCA All-America honors in a career.

Nebraska sophomore setter Nicklin Hames and freshman outside hitter Madi Kubik were each named honorable mention All-Americans.

Hames averaged 10.89 assists and 2.87 digs per set. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames had a team-high 16 double-doubles and served a team-high 26 aces.

Kubik averaged 2.73 kills and 2.52 digs per set in her first year as a Husker.

Creighton senior libero Brittany Witt earned third-team All-American honors. It’s the first All-American award for the Omaha Marian graduate.

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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