Pepperdine has made an addition via the transfer market in Shannon Scully, an outside hitter formerly with Utah. A freshman last season, Scully will be a sophomore with three years left of play. The move has yet to be confirmed by Pepperdine – likely because the academic year has yet to finish up – but since she is changing conferences it would be likely she is immediately eligible.
Scully is no longer listed on the Utah roster and also has listed Pepperdine volleyball as part of her Instagram page. The loss leaves Utah, who went 24-10 (13-7 Pac-12) en route to a Sweet 16 appearance last season, with four returning outside hitters as they also deal with the departure of star Adora Anae at the position.
A 6’2″ outside hitter, Scully came to the Utes out of Huntington Beach, California where she attended Mater Dei High School. For her prep career, she was a finalist for the California Gatorade Player of the Year and was named an Under Armour Third-Team All-American.
In her first and lone season with Utah, she appeared in 128 sets over 34 matches, but was mostly used in a defensive role. She recorded 295 digs (2.30 per set), 32 kills (0.25 per set), 28 assists (0.22 per set) and 25 aces (0.20 per set) versus just 23 serve errors. Her season-highs of 16 digs and 15 kills came against Oregon and Utah Valley, respectively.
Pepperdine is fresh off of a 16-15 season in which they went 8-10 playing in the West Coast Conference (WCC). They had six outside hitters on their 2017 roster with two graduating, including one 12-match starter. That will be the position group that Scully joins as she looks to make an immediate impact.