Former Connecticut and 2016 All-American Athletic Conference second-team outside hitter Kayla Williams is transferring to North Dakota. Williams will be a redshirt junior in 2018 with two years left of play and is likely to be immediately eligible.
A 5’9″ native of Staten Island, New York, Williams came to UConn in 2015 and redshirted in year one. As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Williams posted 3.47 kills per set and 2.94 digs per set en route to conference honors.
This past season, Williams missed eight matches yet still led the Huskies in kills (310, 3.83 per set) and aces (33, 0.41 per set). She also notched 228 digs (2.81 per set) and 33 blocks (0.41 per set).
“Kayla will be a great help to us,” North Dakota head coach Mark Pryor told KFGO. “When you can add a point scorer that can put away a ball from the left side as well as the back row, and with the athleticism that she has, that will really help us out, and continue to add to this roster.”
Connecticut finished 11-21 in 2017 and 4-16 in AAC action. They’ll look to regroup in 2018 without their top offensive option.
For Williams new school, North Dakota, they are coming off of a 30-win season in which they won the Big Sky Tournament and made the NCAA Tournament. They possessed three full-time outside hitters plus four who can play the position on the 2017 roster. Of that group of seven, three graduate before 2018.