Husker volleyball lands big transfer

 Christmas came a little bit early a week ago for Husker volleyball fans.
The sudden announcement from head coach John Cook that former Texas Longhorn freshman All Big 12 outside hitter Lexi Sun will join the program early this summer as a transfer caught most of us off guard. There were reports the day before, and then boom, Sun’s a Husker.
She’s no doubt the highest profile transfer the program has ever seen considering the fact that she was the top-ranked recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com coming out of high school in San Diego in 2017.
That includes fellow outside hitter Kelsey Robinson from Tennessee, who is now playing professionally and on the U.S.A. Olympic volleyball team.
If you’re like me, you probably let off a loud, “Dilly dilly!”
On the surface the addition of Sun seems great, but there are questions that remain, including can she fit in with the current Husker players, on and off the court? Will she be coachable? Will she like her new Lincoln surroundings? And will her addition trigger the transfer of say, sophomore outsides Sami Slaughter and/or Anezka Szabo?
It’s unfortunate that the Huskers won’t play an exhibition match this spring simply because they are without a setter. Not only is the annual spring match another opportunity for the girls to improve through live competition, but it’s also a great chance for Husker fans without season tickets to see this team up close in living color.
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I was saddened by the passing of former Husker quarterback Dave Humm, who as you all know by now finally succumbed to multiple sclerosis after battling the disease for 30 years.
I’ll always remember Humm for his strong left arm, his cool under pressure and the way he drilled the football right where it needed to be.
And for his mustache.
He was an All-American quarterback, NU’s starting signal caller in 1972, ‘73 and ‘74. He then basically became the field goal and extra point holder for the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons.
He led the Huskers to three consecutive bowl wins, including a 19-3 win over Southwest Conference champion Texas in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1974, a game that my family and I attended on a sunny but very cold 30-degree day in Dallas.
Humm passed for just 75 yards against the Longhorn defense that day, and he threw two picks.
Humm would go on to lead the Huskers to three consecutive bowl wins (Orange, Cotton and Sugar), and interestingly, in his final time in a Husker uniform against Florida, he threw four interceptions before being replaced in the final stanza by backup Terry Luck.
But Humm was a fierce competitor, and he made all those around him better.
Ultimately, that’s what matters most.

DAVE BRADLEY can be reached at advertising@hamilton.net.

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