Two of the Texas women’s volleyball team’s 4 freshmen during the 2017-2018 academic year left the program after a single season – both under a cloud of sorts. For Lexi Sun, it was a transfer to Nebraska, arguably Texas’ biggest national rival in women’s volleyball. For libero Olivia Zelon, she left the sport altogether – with some parting shots about the program that upset a number of her teammates.
One freshman, however, says that she loved her first year in Austin, feeling she thrived in spite of not being one of the Longhorns who came to campus a semester early to acclimate.
Shook was one of only 2 players to participate in all 106 sets of the season for Texas, starting every game at setter as a freshman. She led the team in assists with 1,149 (10.84/set), and also chipped in 242 assists, 58 blocks (she’s 6’1″), and 74 kills on a .303 hitting percentage.
In the video below, produced by Texas Athletics, Shook discusses her rise in volleyball and her freshman season on the 40 Acres.
Texas finished the season with a 27-3 record, having lost to defending NCAA Champions Stanford in the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.