In a developing trend in college volleyball, several incoming freshmen have joined their new teams in January to get a jump on preparations for their upcoming careers.
One of the biggest early additions is Gatorade National Player of the Year Thayer Hall, who is enrolled at Florida.
Three other 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year honorees are among the group:
- Illinois: Mica Allison, S/OH, Auburn
- Michigan: Erin O’Leary, S, Michigan
- Texas: Adanna Rollins, OH, Minnesota
A total of 33 early enrollees will be with their teams this spring. Eight schools are welcoming more than one addition.
|School||Early Enrollees||Press Releases|
|Auburn||Mica Allison, Taylor Rowland||Link|
|Baylor||Shanel Bramschreiber, Bri Coleman||Link|
|Florida||Lauren Dooley, Thayer Hall|
|Georgia Tech||Mikayla Dowd|
|Jacksonville State||Claire Behan|
|Kent State||Erin Gardner||Tweet|
|Minnesota||CC McGraw, Adanna Rollins||Link|
|NC State||Nina Sharpton||Link|
|North Carolina||Ava Bell, Hadden LaGarde||Link|
|North Texas||Kylie Brown|
|Notre Dame||Zoe Nunez|
|Ole Miss||Aubrey Sultemeier||Tweet|
|Tennessee||Emma Binns, Emma Schriner|
|Texas Tech||Haley Killinger, Alex Kirby||Tweet|
|Tulane||Yvette Burcescu, Makala Heidelberg|
Of the newcomers, 14 are outside hitters, 10 are setters, four are middle blockers, four are defensive specialists/liberos and one is an opposite.
- OH – Rowland, Coleman, Papesh, Hall, Dowd, Burrell, Rollins, LaGarde, Williams, Maksimova, McCall, Schriner, Burcescu, Heidelberg,
- MB – Oliver, Dooley, Bell, Sultemeier,
- DS – Bramschreiber, Gardner, McGraw, Binns
- S – Allison, Behan, O’Leary, Stites, Sharpton, Brown, Nunez, Kirby, Helmcamp, Miller
- Opp. – Killinger