Now that the collegiate indoor season has wrapped up, transfer announcements will be looming, but two players are set to move ASAP with Creighton’s Lydia Dimke and Duke’s Cadie Bates transferring to South Carolina following four-year indoor careers to make their debuts on the beach.
“Cadie and Lydia have been major contributors at high-level programs, and we’re excited to bring their physical skill set and incredible leadership qualities to our program,” South Carolina coach Moritz Moritz said in the transfer announcement. “Both of these young women should bring an instant impact to our program’s culture as well as our skill level on the sand.”
Dimke, the 2016 Big East Player of the Year and a two-time All-America honoree, paced Creighton with 10.64 assists and 2.54 digs per set and 28 aces in 2017. She also guided the Bluejays to a .279 hitting percentage en route to an NCAA second round appearance. In 2016, the 6-foot-3 setter led Creighton to the Elite Eight in her first year after transferring from Purdue. The Hamm Lake, Minnesota, native recorded 11.36 assists and 2.67 digs per set and 18 aces en route to the Big East Player of the Year nod.
Bates, a 6-2 outside hitter, earned All-ACC Second Team accolades as a senior for the Blue Devils, posting a team-leading 3.11 kills and 3.17 digs per set, while serving up a team-high 23 aces. The Temecula, California, native notched 17 double-doubles in her final campaign.
The Gamecocks went 23-11 on the sand in 2016, advancing to the NCAA Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship.