Outside hitter Claire Sheehan is staying in the Big Ten through her transfer announcement as she leaves Iowa for Minnesota in 2018. A freshman this past season, Sheehan will be a sophomore in 2018 with three years left of play.
Due to the fact that Sheehan is transferring within the conference, it would be likely that she has to sit out a season before playing. That would make her eligible come 2019, although Tiffany Clark – who transferred from Michigan to Wisconsin last year – was able to get a waiver and play in her first year.
A 6’1″ native of Isanti, Minnesota, Sheehan heads back to her home state where she earned a plethora of honors in her four years at Cambridge Isanti High School. That earned her a spot with the Hawkeyes, where she spent one season this past year.
As a true freshman in 2017, Sheehan notched 259 kills (2.54 per set) while hitting .130, 241 digs (2.36 per set), 35 blocks (0.34 per set) and 21 aces (0.21 per set). The loss leaves Iowa with three returning outside hitters for 2018.
Minnesota is coming off of a 28-6 (15-5 Big Ten) year in which they made it to the Sweet 16. They had six outside hitters on their 2017 roster, with one graduating prior to next fall’s season.
Excited to announce my commitment to play volleyball at the University of Minnesota for the next 3 years!! 〽️ #gogophs pic.twitter.com/i7tL9C8XbZ
— Claire Sheehan (@csheehan98) January 20, 2018