Capri Davis leaves volleyball program

08 Jan By

AUSTIN, Texas — Capri Davis's time with the Texas volleyball program is over ... before it ever really started.

The Texas volleyball team lost junior outside hitter Capri Davis before she ever took the court after the former transfer from Nebraska announced she is leaving the program, citing the need to "re-center [her] attention" (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

The junior outside hitter announced Tuesday that she is leaving the UT program. She transferred to Texas in December 2019 after playing two seasons with the Nebraska Cornhuskers but never suited up this fall with the Longhorns.

“Thank you to the staff at Texas for welcoming me and for everyone behind the scenes who worked to get me here," Davis said in a statement released through the UT athletic department. "This isn’t the ending I would’ve planned for myself, but I’m appreciative of all the ups and downs and the family and friends I’ve made through this journey. It wasn’t an easy decision to step away from the sport I’ve loved, but I’ve reached a point in my life where I need to re-center my attention.

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"I’m forever thankful for this opportunity and the support I’ve received thus far and I can’t wait to watch my girls continue to grind this spring.”

Davis's departure brings Texas down to just 12 players, with Ashley Shook having graduated in December. The Longhorns have two Big 12 matches against TCU, set for some point in the spring, before the NCAA tournament, which is slotted to begin in April. The Horns may have international signees Melanie Parra and Adhuoljok Malual available in the spring, but it is unknown at this time if they'll be on campus for the spring, considering travel restrictions due to COVID.

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, his personal blog 360 Sports, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. Twitter: @ZayasRiley