Texas Commit Lexi Sun Named Gatorade National Player of the Year

  1 Braden Keith | January 25th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, High School, News

University of Texas commit Lexi Sun, the top-ranked commitment in the country, has been named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. The organization gives out an award to one athlete in each of 12 sports in each state, naming them the Gatorade State Player of the Year, and then gives out 12 National Player of the Year awards.

She was surprised with the award by legendary beach volleyball player April Ross, the 2016 USA Volleyball Beach Player of the Year. Sun was playing beach volleyball with her friends when Ross came by pretending to be riding an ice cream cart. When she opened her cooler, though, the massive National Player of the Year trophy emerged and surprised Sun by announcing the honor.

Sun is a 6’2″ outside hitter from Encinitas, California who plays for the Coast Volleyball Club and Santa Fe Christian High School. During her senior season, she averaged 5.53 kills/set with a .435 hitting percentage and over two-and-a-half digs per set as well. She was a member of the USA Beach U17 National Team that won gold at the 2017 FIVB World Championships.

Ross won the award in the year 2000 before going on to play at USC, and her current beach partner Kerri Walsh won it 4 years earlier in 1996 – the first recipient.

Sun is the first University of Texas commit to win the award in its 22-year history. She was also named the state winner in California.

All-Time Award Winners

Year Winner Hometown College
1996 Kerri Walsh San Jose, CA Stanford
1997 Denise Boylan Lisle, IL Notre Dame
1998 Sara Sandrik Pelham, AL Stanford
1999 Logan Tom Salt Lake City, UT Stanford
2000 April Ross Newport Beach, CA USC
2001 Ogonna Nnamani Bloomington, IL Stanford
2002 Bre Ladd Tucson, AZ Arizona
2003 Kristin Richards Orem, UT Stanford
2004 Cynthia Barboza Long Beach, CA Stanford
2005 Cynthia Barboza Long Beach, CA Stanford
2006 Megan Hodge Durham, NC Penn State
2007 Alix Klineman Manhattan Beach, CA Stanford
2008 Kelly Murphy Wilmington, IL Florida
2009 Gina Mancuso Papillion, NE Nebraska
2010 Ashley Wittman Shakopee, MN Minnesota
2011 Krista Vansant Redlands, CA Washington
2012 Jordan Burgess Tampa, FL Stanford
2013 Lauren Carlini Aurora, IL Wisconsin
2014 Alexa Filley Louisville, KY Auburn
2015 Mikaela Foecke Fort Madison, IA Nebraska
2016 Khalia Lanier Phoenix, AZ USC

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Congrats to Lexi Sun! Very creative presentation and such a sweet video! I had to comment that as an Encinitas resident… Moonlight Beach is in Encinitas, not Carlsbad. : )
I also saw the story on our local Channel 8 news. Very cool! All the best to Lexi for amazing things to come.

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