New Oklahoma women’s volleyball coach Lindsey Gray-Walton isn’t wasting any time bolstering the Sooners’ roster for 2018, as she’s added her third transfer in former Memphis middle blocker Brianna Kadiku. A 6’2″ junior-to-be in the fall of 2018, Kadiku will have two years left of play and is immediately eligible for the season ahead.
A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Kadiku moves closer to her hometown after spending two seasons with Memphis. During her prep career she was all-district in both of her seasons of varsity play.
In her first season with the Tigers, Kadiku notched 124 kills and 92 blocks. Year two saw even more numbers for her, as she recorded 256 kills (2.17 per set) on a .305 hitting percentage and 131 blocks (1.11 per set). The loss leaves Memphis, who went 10-22 (2-16 AAC) in 2017, with three returning middle blockers for 2018.
“Bri is a motivated and excitable athlete that has the ability to make momentum changing plays for her team – Sooner fans will enjoy having her in the Crimson & Cream come 2018,” Gray-Walton said in the team’s press release. “With two remaining seasons, Bri voiced her desire to compete at a higher level and has the opportunity to continue her development as a complete student-athlete here at OU while becoming a dominant force in the Big 12.”
Kadiku joins a pair of other transfer additions for Oklahoma in 2018 in setter Kyle McLaughlin and defensive specialist/libero Keyton Kinley. The Sooners are also welcoming three freshmen to the fold.
Oklahoma is coming off of a 7-22 season in which they went 4-12 in the Big 12 and finished tied with three teams for sixth in the conference. Their 2018 roster now features three returning middles plus additions to join Kadiku in the fall.