Editor’s note: Thanks for the tremendous response to this story and for the additions of the sisters we missed in comments section below.
NCAA Division I women’s volleyball is its own kind of sisterhood.
For quite a few families, it takes on a deeper meaning.
There are a bunch of sisters playing DI this season, most at different schools. Many were high school and club teammates, some never played together, but all seem to have a strong appreciation for what it means.
There are sisters playing on the same team, in the same Power 5 conference, some at different big schools, and some in situations as different as imaginable, which means parents trying to be in two places at once.
This list consists of sisters playing Division I this year with a couple of exceptions, including the coaches Susie Johnson at Milwaukee and Amanda Berkley at Loyola Chicago, both of whom have their teams in first place in their respective conferences.
The Hilleys are another exception — Sydney is a fifth-year All-American senior at Wisconsin; Sami is a sophomore middle blocker at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls. They played together one season at Champlin Park High School in suburban Minneapolis.
“I was a senior, and she was a freshman,” Sydney recalled. “It was super fun. She doesn’t show a ton of emotion, but I remember after our last high school game she just came to me and started bawling, and she’s like, ‘We’ll never play together again.’ It was really cute.”
There are plenty of schools with multiple sister ties. Nebraska, for example, has five players with sisters playing elsewhere in Division I: Keonilei Akana, Ally Batenhorst, Nicklin Hames, Lexi Rodriguez, and Lauren Stivrins.
Among the others where more than one player on the roster has a sister playing elsewhere are TCU, NC State, Colgate, Oregon, Illinois, Baylor, Purdue, Iowa State, Minnesota, Yale, Marquette, and Clemson.
The KiVA club from Louisville has three sets of sisters in Division I, the Carters, Hoffmeiers, and O’Tooles.
Not surprisingly, many of the players have parents who were outstanding athletes, including some mothers who were big-time volleyball players.
That would include the Skinners, Avery and Madi, who hold the distinction of winning the NCAA championship together last spring at Kentucky. Avery is a 6-foot-1 outside who graduated from Kentucky and transferred to Baylor, where this season she is second in kills for the 10th-ranked Bears. Madi is a 6-foot-2 sophomore outside hitter who leads No. 5 Kentucky in kills. Last spring, Avery was a VolleyballMag.com first-team All-American, and Madi was on the fourth team. They are from the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas. Avery played for HYCA in high school, and Madi went to Faith West. In Kentucky’s four-set victory over Texas in the NCAA title match, the Skinners combined for 33 kills. Their father, Brian, played basketball at Baylor and had a 14-year NBA career.
Sisters have won it all before. Caitlin and Michaela Keefe won three times with Stanford, (2016, 2018, 2019), Amber and Kadie Rolfzen won with Nebraska in 2015, Kendall and Lainy Pierce won with Penn State in 2014, and Ogonna and Nji Nnamani won with Stanford in 2004.
There are twins, too. We counted 11 sets.
The sisters list is extensive, as you will see, and it is alphabetical.
Did we miss anyone? If we did, please add them in the comments section.
AIGNER-SWESEY — Sawyer is a senior DS at UCLA, and her twin, Carly, is the starting senior setter at NM State. Carly played her first two years at Long Beach State. The twins are from Wrightwood, California, and played at Serrano HS. Their older sister, Delainey, played at Long Beach State (2010-13).
AKANA — Keonilei is a sophomore DS at Nebraska, while Braelyn is a sophomore outside/middle at Hawai’i. They are from Hau’ula, O’ahu, and played at Kamehameha Kapalama. Their mom, Joselyn, played volleyball at Hawai’i.
ARCHIBONG — Abigail is a 6-1 graduate-student middle at Arkansas by way of Kansas State. Faith is a sophomore middle at Alcorn State. They are from Shawnee, Kansas.
AUSTIN — The Canadians from Edmonton are both in North Carolina. Parker is a 6-2 junior outside at the University of North Carolina, and Presly is a 6-1 setter/right side at Elon. And their sister, Sydney, was an outside at the University of Calgary.
BACON — Karson is a 6-4 sophomore middle at Oregon, while Kameron is a 6-4 freshman middle at Long Beach State. They are from Fontana, California, and went to Rancho Cucamonga HS.
BARNES — They would not have been in school at the same time had it not been for COVID. But Lauren, an All-American fifth-year libero, stayed for an extra year and is in school at the same time as Caroline, a freshman DS at Illinois. They are from Naperville, Illinois, and played at Benet Academy.
BARTALO — Lydia is a 5-10 graduate-student outside who leads Denver on offense, while Gianna is a 5-7 sophomore libero. They’re from Colorado Springs and played at Lewis-Palmer HS.
BATENHORST — Dani is a 6-1 sophomore outside at Gonzaga, and Ally is a 6-4 freshman who is starting for Nebraska. They are from the Houston suburb of Katy and played at Seven Lakes HS. Their younger sister, Casey, is still playing for Seven Lakes.
BEASLEY — Zoe is a 6-2 junior outside at Southeast Missouri. Taylor also plays in the Ohio Valley as a 5-11 middle at Murray State. They are from Paragould, Arkansas, and played at Paragould HS.
BEASLEY — Toledo has twins. Megan is a 6-1 senior setter, while Liz is a 6-2 junior outside/right side. They’re from Indianapolis and played at Lawrence North HS.
BORUM — Josi is a 6-1 setter/right side for Youngstown State who previously played at Chicago State, and Bree is a 6-foot freshman at FGCU. They’re from Sterling, Illinois, and their younger sister, Brooklyn, is a Virginia commit.
BOWER — Whitney Bower is the standout junior setter for BYU, and Morgan is a junior libero. They are from Nampa, Idaho, and played at Skyview HS. Their mother, Caroline (Steuer), played at BYU (1996-99). We wrote about Whitney when she broke in as a freshman.
BULMAHN — Jaclyn, a 6-foot outside, is a graduate-student transfer at Ball State after playing four years at Valparaiso. She’s second in kills for Ball State, which is leading its Mid-American Conference division. Victoria is a 5-10 sophomore setter for Valpo. They are from McCordsville, Indiana, and played at Mount Vernon HS.
BRAMSCHREIBER — They are both in the Big 12 and both quite defensive. Shanell is a senior libero who leads Baylor in digs; Cecily is a freshman who leads TCU in digs. They played at Lovejoy HS in suburban Dallas.
CAMPBELL — Holly is a 6-3 middle at Stanford, while Casey is a 6-0 outside/DS at nearby Santa Clara. They’re from Austin, Texas, and played at Westlake HS.
CASPER — Kerrigan is a 6-3 senior middle for Rider, and McKenna is a 6-1 freshman middle at Iona. They’re from Webster, New York, and played at Our Lady of Mercy.
CARTER — Myana is a 5-8 outside hitter for Oakland, and Myleah is a 5-5 DS at Norfolk State. They are from Lexington, Kentucky, and played at Henry Clay HS.
CHACON — We had a story last month about the Chacons, a family that has Morgan at Florida State, Savanna as a DS for Purdue, and Alaina playing beach for Florida State.
Morgan is a 5-11 junior outside. Savanna is a 5-8 sophomore, and Alaina, a 5-9 senior, was a VolleyballMag.com second-team All-American last spring. They are from Crown Point, Indiana.
COLEMAN — Miajavon, a 5-10 senior outside, leads the Coppin State offense, while Ahzhi is a 5-11 freshman middle. They’re from San Antonio, and played at Brennan HS.
CHUKWUJEKWU — Pam is a 6-2 senior middle for NC State, while Amaka is a 5-11 graduate-student middle for Boston College. They are from Laurel, Maryland, and played at Reservoir High School.
CURTIN — Twins Elise, who is 6-4, and Audra, 6-3, are juniors at Brown, which leads the Ivy League. They are from Tampa, Florida, and played at Sickles HS.
CINTRON — Both at Southern Utah, Sadae is a 5-4 sophomore setter, while Aleiya is a 5-11 sophomore outside. They are from Las Vegas, and played at Arbor View HS.
COLE — Mackenzie is a senior DS at Duke, and Taylor is a graduate-student transfer who played four years at Iona. They are from Oakdale, New York, and played at Connetquot HS. Their father, Rick, is the athletic director at Hofstra, and their brother, Trey, is a standout volleyball player at Pepperdine.
DAVIS — More twins: Kalynn Davis is a 6-1 middle/right side for Western Illinois, while Kennedy is a 6-1 middle. They’re from O’Fallon, Missouri, and played at O’Fallon Christian.
DENNISON — Cassidy is a senior outside at California Baptist, and her twin, Dani, is a senior libero for TCU who led the Horned Frogs in digs the past three seasons. This year, she’s second to Cecily Bramschreiber (mentioned above) in digs. The Dennisons are from Huntington Beach, California, and played at Edison HS. Their older sister, Taylor, played volleyball for Concordia-Irvine.
DILFER — It’s easy to forget about Delaney, a 5-9 sophomore setter for Lipscomb, because so much of the national spotlight is on her older sister, Tori, a 5-11 graduate-student setter for No. 2 Louisville. She transferred after playing two years at TCU. The Dilfers are from Los Gatos, California, and played at Valley Christian HS.
Their sister, Maddie, played indoors at Notre Dame before finishing at Pepperdine, where she also played beach. Their father, Trent, was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens when they won the 2000 Super Bowl.
EGGLESTON — Logan is the 6-2 All-American junior outside hitter for No. 1 Texas and a strong national player-of-the-year candidate. Shaye is a 6-1 freshman at Alabama who was a four-time Tennessee state champion (Logan won three). They are from Brentwood, Tennessee, and played at Brentwood HS.
FELIX –– Sacred Heart has Alana, a 5-10 junior outside, and Dominique, a 6-1 sophomore outside. They’re from Pittsburgh, and played at North Catholic HS.
FLOYD — Taylor is a 6-1 senior who leads Belmont in kills, and Katy is a 6-foot freshman outside at North Alabama. They are products of Ballard HS in Louisville, Kentucky.
FRAZIER — Kaylee is a graduate-student libero for NC State, while Brooke is a freshman DS for Texas A&M. They are from The Woodlands in Houston. Kaylee played in high school for the John Cooper School, and Brooke played at Concordia Lutheran.
FUCKA — The twin 6-3 sisters are from Bologna, Italy. Rebeka is a junior middle at Coastal Carolina, while Tatijana is a sophomore middle for UAB.
GOMEZ — Sam is a 6-foot senior at UAB after playing three seasons at Southeastern Louisiana. Sadie is a freshman at The Citadel. They are from Mandeville, Louisiana, and played at Mandeville HS.
GRIMES — Andrea is a 5-4 sophomore DS at Morehead State, while Katelyn is a 5-6 freshman DS at UCF. They’re from Lebanon, Ohio. Andrea played at Springboro HS, and Katelyn played at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
GROTE — Marin is a 6-4 junior middle at Washington, where she leads the Huskies in blocks. Lydia is a 6-2 sophomore middle for Cal. They are from Burbank, California, and played at John Burroughs HS, where they were the respective outsides when they played together. Of course, they play against each other in the Pac-12.
“It’s a ton of fun,” Lydia said. “We played with each other and against each other our whole lives, and it’s really cool to get to do that now at this level. We get to play volleyball at the highest level, and it’s so exciting to get to do that with your best friend.”
Lydia said they don’t get on each other.
“We’re very nice about it. There might be one or two funny comments, a little sarcastic, but in a lighthearted, good way. We’re best friends, and none of it’s in a bad way.”
Lydia said one-time last season Marin blocked her.
“I said ‘Nice one,’ and she said, ‘Yeah, I know.’ We totally make eye contact and laugh at each other sometimes.”
Their parents have made shirts that resemble Cal’s and Washington’s jerseys, and they’re split in half.
“They’re equally supporting, and it’s fun to see them there,” Lydia said.
Had this story been written last year, there would have been two sets of Washington-Cal sisters. Cal’s Jessica Houghton is no longer playing, but Sianna is a sophomore libero at UW.
GRUNZE — Mia is a 6-3 senior outside for Ohio State, while Mariah is a 6-1 freshman outside at Butler. They are from Waterford, Wisconsin, and played for Waterford Union HS. Their older sister, Mikaela, played at Carthage College.
HAMES — Nicklin Hames has name recognition with the average fan because she plays at Nebraska; she’s a 5-10 senior setter and was a VolleyballMag.com fourth-team All-American last spring. Kayleigh is a 6-foot junior outside for Pepperdine. They are from Maryville, Tennessee, played for the Webb School of Knoxville, and were coached by their mother, Christine, who played at Oregon State and for the Australian national team.
HARPER — Gaby is a 6-1 senior at Miami, Ohio, while teammate and sister Lydia is a 6-2 freshman. They’re from Caledonia, Michigan.
HATCH — Annie is a 6-1 junior outside at Iowa State, and Kate is a 6-foot sophomore setter for Northern Arizona. They’re from Mesa, Arizona, and played at Mesa HS. Their brother, JT, played volleyball at UCLA and was an honorable-mention All-American, and brother Mark plays basketball for Dixie State.
HAYWARD — Natalie is a 5-11 senior setter for Tennessee who played her first two seasons at DePaul. Sam is a 6-1 graduate-student outside at Seattle U who played her first two seasons at Nevada. They’re from Bothell, Washington, and their parents were athletes at the University of Washington — the former Laurie Wetzel played volleyball, and Mike played basketball. Laurie was a 1988 first-team AVCA All-American.
HERNANDEZ — Priscilla is a 5-8 senior DS at Miami, while Saskia is a 5-9 freshman at NC State. They are from Miami, and played at Westminster Christian School. Their older sister, Sylvia, played for Miami from 2014-17. Their, mother, Sylvia, ran track at Miami, and their father, Henry, played baseball there and then in the Cardinals organization.
HIDALGO — Cicily is a 6-foot freshman outside leading Southeastern Louisiana in hitting, while Jolie is a 5-11 junior outside for the Lions. They’re from Opelousas, Louisiana, and played at Teurlings Catholic in Lafayette.
HOFFMEIER — They have two of the more unusual names, Scout at USC Upstate and Crew at VCU. Scout is a 5-7 junior setter, and Crew is a 5-6 freshman libero. They are from Louisville, Kentucky. Scout played at Christian Academy, and Crew played at Assumption HS.
HORNUNG — A rare sister combo at the same school. Marissa is a 5-7 senior DS for Purdue, and Ali is a 5-10 DS/outside. They are from New Albany, Indiana, and played at Providence HS. Their mother, the former Kelly Quinkert, played volleyball at Indiana (1989-92), and their sister, Jacquie, played at Bellarmine.
LAMACCHIA — Caroline is a 5-4 junior DS at Providence, while Faith is a 5-7 freshman setter at Seton Hall. They’re from Rockville Center, New York.
LEAK — Two Ivy League players in the same family. Autumn is a 6-foot junior outside at Penn, and Audrey is a 6-2 sophomore outside at Yale. They are from Englewood, New Jersey, and played for Dwight-Englewood HS.
LLEWELLYN — The Llewellyn twins, Jordan and Jamie, are 6-foot sophomore outsides at Navy. They’re from North East, Maryland, played at The Tome School, and their older sister, Lindsay, is a junior on the Navy women’s basketball team. And next year, Navy’s Celie Feighery, will be joined by her sister Lainey.
LOBERG — Grace, a member of the VolleyballMag.com Fab 50 list and a fourth-team VBM All-American last spring, is a 6-3 outside hitter at Wisconsin. Anna is a 6-foot freshman setter for South Alabama. They are from Geneva, Illinois, and played at Geneva HS. They would not be playing at the same time had Grace, like her teammate Lauren Barnes and her sister, Caroline, not taken her extra year because of COVID. Their mother, the former Colleen Jordan, played at Indiana (1988-92).
LONDOT — Emily is a 6-3 sophomore All-American right side at Ohio State who was the VolleyballMag.com national freshman of the year. Alyson is a 5-10 graduate-student outside at Robert Morris. They’re from Utica, Ohio.
LOUGEAY — Katie is a 5-10 DS for Colorado, while Alex is a 5-11 sophomore DS at Stanford.
Their father, Stace, played volleyball at UC Santa Barbara and pro on the beach, and their mother, Suzanne, also played at UCSB.
MARGOLIES — Ohio U has identical twins who are 6-2 juniors, Olivia and Emily. Olivia is an outside, while Emily is a right side. They’re from Galena, Ohio, and also played basketball at Olentangy HS.
MARTIN/RODRIGUEZ — Yes, Kaylee Martin at Clemson and Lexi Rodriguez at Nebraska are sisters from Sterling, Illinois. Kaylee is a 5-9 graduate-student outside who transferred from Illinois State, where she was a Missouri Valley Conference first-teamer. Lexi, a 5-5 freshman, is the libero for the Huskers.
McGHEE — Another set of sisters on the same team, this time at Baylor, where Kara is a 6-5 junior middle who was all-Big 12, and Elise is a 6-4 freshman outside/right side. They’re from San Antonio and played at Clark HS. Their brother, Luke, played basketball at Texas A&M.
McKISSOCK — Matti is a 5-9 senior setter at Georgia Tech, and Elli is a 5-7 sophomore libero at Florida. They’re from Windermere, Florida, where Matti won a state title for The First Academy in 2016. Their father, Matt, played football at The Citadel.
MORSE — Anna is a 5-5 DS at Villanova, while Becca is a 5-6 freshman DS for Oregon. They’re from Tempe, Arizona, and played at Mountain Point HS, where Becca won a state title with future Oregon teammate Brooke Nuneviller.
MOSHER — Claire is a 5-10 junior setter for Marquette, and Brooke is a 6-foot freshman setter at Illinois. They’re from Waterloo, Wisconsin, and their older sister, Madeline, played at Marquette from 2106-19.
NDEE — Chinaza, a 5-11 fifth-year senior at Pittsburgh, was a VolleyballMag.com second-team All-American last spring. Onuchi is a 6-foot junior middle at American University. The Ndees, who were born in Nigeria and came to America when Chinaza was 5 and Onuchi 3, played at The Kincaid School in Houston.
NELSON — Dixie State has two Nelsons, Jordyn, a 5-6 senior setter, and Mykenna, a 5-8 sophomore libero who leads the team in digs. They’re from Phoenix, Arizona, and played at Greenway HS. Their mother, Shannon, played at Colorado Mesa, Arizona State and Phoenix College
NEWSOME — Jaden is a 6-foot setter for Iowa State who played her first three seasons at Missouri after beginning her career at Colorado, where she redshirted that season. Kailin is a 5-11 outside for Wichita State who transferred after a season at Southeastern Louisiana. They’re from Houston, and played at Clear Brook HS.
OTEC — It would be hard to imagine a more defensive family. Jena is a 5-10 fifth-year libero at Purdue, where she was a VolleyballMag.com second-team All-American last spring. Caly is a 5-8 sophomore libero for Missouri State. They’re from Crystal City, Missouri, and played at St. Pius X.
O’TOOLE — Maryann is a 6-foot junior outside at Xavier, while Madilyn is a 5-8 freshman DS at James Madison. They are from Louisville, and played for Assumption HS and are one of the sets of sisters who played for KiVA. Their sister, Kristen, played at Bellarmine.
OVERMYER — Hannah is a 5-10 senior outside at Tulsa, and Libby is a 6-foot sophomore outside at Colgate. They’re from Houston, and played at Kingwood Park HS. Their mother, Holly, played at Ohio State.
PARCHMENT — Jade is a 5-10 senior outside for NC State, while Riley is a 5-8 junior libero at Army West Point. They’re from Kensington, Maryland, and played at The Academy of the Holy Cross.
PETERSON — Mom Bobbi Peterson is the longtime coach at Northern Iowa and kept daughter Baylee, a 5-8 junior libero, in her program. Sydney is a senior DS at Texas who played in last year’s NCAA championship match. They played for Dike-New Hartford HS in Dike, Iowa. Sydney got to play against her mother and sister in the 2019 season opener when UNI went to Texas.
POWER — Ashlyn is a 5-8 senior setter at Weber State, while Barrett is a 5-9 sophomore setter at Colorado State. They are from Lincoln, Nebraska, and played at Lincoln Christian School, where their mother, Vikki, was their coach.
RATLIFF — Alexis is a 6-6 junior middle at Alabama State who transferred from Navarro College after playing a season at San Diego State. Sasha is a 6-2 sophomore middle at Ole Miss. They’re from Atlanta, and played at Pace Academy. Their father, Theo, played basketball at Wyoming and for 16 years in the NBA.
RHODES — Avery is a 6-2 fifth-year middle at Iowa State, while Reese is a 6-1 sophomore setter at Texas Tech. They’re from Waco, Texas, and played at Midway HS. Their father, Ricky, played minor-league baseball for the Yankees organization, and uncle, Arthur, played 20 years in the Major Leagues and won the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
ROCASSIN — Lauryn, who started at Slippery Rock, is a 5-9 senior setter at Gardner-Webb. Rebecca is a 6-foot redshirt-freshman setter at Jacksonville who played a season at ETSU. They’re from Delaware, Ohio.
RUSSELL — McKenna is a 6-foot junior at Eastern Washington and a triplet. Her sisters, Allison and Lindsey, also played at Spokane Falls CC. Lindsey is also at EWU as a 6-1 junior middle. Their mother, the former Shannon Horn, also played at EWU.
RUTHERFORD — Kenedi is a 5-11 senior outside who played one season at UTSA before transferring to Texas State. Reagan is a 6-foot sophomore right side at Kentucky who was part of the NCAA-title team last spring. They’re from Missouri City, Texas, and played at Ridge Point HS.
SAMEDY — Stephanie is the All-American right side at Minnesota and a 6-2 fifth-year senior. Victoria is a 5-9 freshman outside at Bethune-Cookman, which happens to have the same jersey colors as Minnesota. They are from Clermont, Florida, and played at East Ridge HS.
SHADWICK — More twins: Emma is a 6-1 freshman at Yale, while Abby is a 6-2 freshman outside at Colgate. They’re from Lexington, Kentucky, and played at Henry Clay HS. Their father, Richard, played an NFL season for the Arizona Cardinals.
SHAFFMASTER — These are two sisters from Newcastle, Indiana, playing at the highest of levels. Melani is a 6-3 sophomore setter at No. 11 Minnesota, where she won the job as a freshman. Mabrey is a 6-1 freshman outside who is second on the North Carolina team in kills and first in aces. They played at New Castle HS and are products of Munciana.
They also present a geographical challenge for their parents. Wendi Shaffmaster told us it’s about a nine-and-a-half-hour drive from their home in Indiana to Minneapolis and about eight hours to Chapel Hill. They try to fly when they can. Last weekend, for example, Patrick went to watch Melani play at Minnesota, and Wendi went to UNC.
SCHULTZ — Yale has Renee, a 6-foot junior setter, and Cara, a 5-11 freshman outside. They’re from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, and played at Bishop Shanahan.
SKINNER — See above about Avery and Madi.
SLAVIK — Kyra, a year and a half older, is a 5-10 junior setter at Wyoming, and McKenna is a 6-1 junior setter for Clemson. They’re from the Chicago suburb of St. Charles and played at St. Charles East HS. Their mother, the former Laurie Smith, played volleyball at Wisconsin (1991-94) and was the 1994 team captain, and their aunt, Holly (Smith) Weiss, also played at Wisconsin (1993-96).
SOPOAGA — The twins are freshmen at Idaho State. Asiah is a 5-8 libero, while Aliya is a 5-8 setter. They played at Copper Hills HS in West Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
STIVRINS — Lauren is the 6-4 VolleyballMag.com first-team All-American middle who had back surgery this off-season and then came back for what is her sixth year since she redshirted as a freshman. Amber, who played her freshman year at Louisville and then transferred to Georgia, is a 6-2 outside. The Stivrins are from Scottsdale, Arizona, and played at Chaparral HS. Their father, Alex, played basketball at Creighton and Colorado. At the start of the pandemic, while they were both home in Scottsdale, we interviewed the Stivrins. Amber gave no hint that she would soon be going to Georgia.
STOWELL — Avery is a 5-11 senior right side at Navy, while Elyse is a 6-2 freshman outside at BYU. They are from Yorba Linda, California, and played at Esperanza HS.
SUNGA — The 5-foot sophomore twins, Abigail and Amelia, are defensive specialists at UIC (Illinois Chicago). They’re from Fontana, California, and played at Saint Lucy’s Priory. They are among the shortest players in Division I but have the tallest teammate in 6-10 Egyptian freshman, Salma Abdelhady.
WALLENBERGER — Bridget is a 6-2 graduate-student middle who previously played at Milwaukee and Miami (Florida). Maggie is a 6-foot freshman middle at Southern Illinois. They’re from Carpentersville, Illinois, and played at Jacobs HS.
WALZ — Bowling Green has the Walz sisters, Julia, a 5-2 senior libero who leads the Falcons in digs, and Jaden, a 5-7 sophomore setter. They are from Brooklyn, Ohio, and played at Brooklyn HS. Their brother, Jack, played football at Bowling Green.
WAHRMUND — Madi is a 6-1 senior at Lafayette, while Megan is a 5-9 freshman at Lafayette. They’re from Fredericksburg, Texas.
WILCOX — Elise is a 6-1 junior outside/right side at Arkansas State who played her first three seasons at Toledo, while Emily is a 6-foot middle at Eastern Illinois. They are from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
WILHITE — Brennan, who went to USC for one season but didn’t see any action, is a 6-3 senior middle at Georgetown, while Peyton is a 6-4 junior right side for the Hoyas. They’re from Rancho Santa Fe, California, and played at Cathedral Catholic.
WILLIAMS — Gabby is a 6-foot middle at Georgetown, while Giselle is a 6-foot freshman outside. They’re from Las Vegas, and played at Bishop Gorman. Their father, Jerome, played basketball at Georgetown and then nine years in the NBA.
WOLF — Taylor, who played three seasons at Wisconsin-Green Bay, is one of the most versatile players in the nation as the 6-2 setter/right side for Marquette. Kali is a 6-2 sophomore for New Mexico. They are from Waconia, Minnesota, and played at Waconia HS.
WOODWARD — Howard has the twins Bria and Cimone, 6-3 freshmen outsides from Missouri City, Texas, where they played at Episcopal HS. This season they are 1-2 for the Bison in kills. Bria leads with 224 kills (and also in blocks with 66, 20 solo), and Cimone has 165 kills.
WUCHERER — Miranda is a 5-9 senior setter/right side for Northern Kentucky, while Abby is a 6-foot middle at Southern Utah. They’re from Brookfield, Wisconsin, and played at Brookfield Central HS. Their younger sister, Mckenna, is a Minnesota commit.
COACHING SISTERS — Susie Johnson and Amanda Berkley grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. Now, Susie is the longtime head coach at Milwaukee, which leads the Horizon League, while Amanda is the coach at Loyola Chicago, which tops the Missouri Valley Conference.
“She’s a decent amount younger than me,” said Johnson, who has been at Milwaukee for 24 years, the head coach since 2007. “When she played at Wisconsin, we have pictures of my kids when they were babies going to all her games. I had to get special permission to go to her matches because I was a coach here, and you’re not supposed to do that, but (former Wisconsin coach) Pete Waite let me come.”
Johnson, 15 years older, was an All-Big Sky setter for Idaho State, and Berkley was a defensive specialist for Wisconsin. They played all sports growing up, and Berkley used to work Johnson’s summer camps.
“We talk every day, sometimes twice a day,” Johnson said.
Berkley is also a former assistant coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater and head coach at Southern Miss. They have never coached against each other during the NCAA season.
“We’ll do it in the spring but we don’t want to do it in the fall,” Johnson said. “Unless we end up in the same conference or by chance we end up playing in the NCAA Tournament, we’ll do that. But we consciously try not to, because we care a lot, and it’s hard to compete against your family member. I compete a lot against my friends, but I would prefer not to compete against my sister.”
The family ties get even thicker next season, because Johnson’s daughter, Josie, a standout setter at Waterford High School, has committed to play for her mom.
“I’ve coached her in club for seven years,” Johnson said with a laugh, “so I feel like she’s well-trained.”
INDOOR, BEACH — We already listed the Chacons, but how about the Shooks?
The 6-foot-1 Ashley played four years at Texas and then last year transferred to Washington, where she now plays beach and is working as an intern with the indoor team. Katie is a 5-8 libero at Alabama. They’re from Plainfield, Illinois, and played at Plainfield Central HS. Their father, Jason, was a pro golfer.
And there are also the Smith twins. Katelyn is a 6-3 freshman middle for USC, while her sister, 6-foot Jesse, is a freshman on the UCLA beach team. They’re from Laguna Niguel, California, and played at Aliso Niguel HS.
Special thanks to Rich Kern for his NCAA player list, and to the contributions on the sisters thread at VolleyTalk.
Jefferson sisters: Mackenzie, sophomore setter at Morgan State, and Kialah, freshman OH at VCU. Played at Prosper HS in Prosper, TX
At Pitt, there’s junior setter Lexis Akeo. Her sister Kamalani is on the coaching staff as the Director of Operations, and was a former starting setter for the Panthers from 2015-18.
Great note. Thanks.
Malloy sisters- Laney Malloy at Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) and twin sister Kamryn Malloy at Wake Forest University
Lovett twins, freshman ds Ashlyn at Georgia Southern and Olivia, an OH at Loyola Chicago
Are you the Beverly Hills cop?
The Gish sisters-Morgan, a RS hitter at Tennessee Tech, and Logan, an OH/RS at Lipscomb.
Goins sisters! Darian is an LSU grad now setting at Seattle University & Asia is a DS at Towson State. Both played at Avon (IN) High School
Thanks! And is this former LSU great Angie Miller?
Emily Ryan UCLA SENIOR
MAGGIE RYAN JUNIOR BRYANT UNIVERSITY
The Timmerman family…Madeline Timmerman (Freshman @ Eastern Michigan) & McKenna Timmerman (Gardner-Webb Volleyball commit – entering fall ’22). Their brother, Alex Timmerman is a Junior on the men’s basketball team at Bucknell. Mom, Lauren (Struss) Timmerman played volleyball at Valparaiso.
Technically they don’t count for this story … but we will keep an eye out for them next year!
The Miller sisters(and family).
Abby is a Junior setter at Cleveland St. and Paige is a freshman OH/DS at Mercyhurst. They come from The North Allegheny volleyball factory in the north hills of Pittsburgh where they were coached by their mother Heidi who took over the reigns of the program from their grandfather Bob Miller. Family runs deep in Western PA volleyball!
Tim Toy knows his vball. But this was about DI players which is why they weren’t included.
Leigh sisters at University at Buffalo: Abby is junior MB, Mandy is freshman setter. Both played at Padua Franciscan HS in Parma, OH
Maddie Naumann (Libero/DS – Maryland) & Ryan Naumann (Libero – Fordham)
AJ would know!
Mackenzie Martin (Outside Hitter- Tulane University)
Madison Martin (DS- Louisiana State University)
Separated by a year in age and an hour on I-10 in distance.
The Waters’ twins. Hannah is a sophomore setter at Lamar while Kylie is a sophomore libero at Seattle. The two play in the WAC conference and played against each other for the first time ever this fall.
McElhaney sisters at Marshall- Macy is a senior and Eden is a Freshman! Go Herd!
The Phillips Sisters
Lindsay Phillips (Long Beach State)
Ashlee Phillips (Wake Forest)
Can’t forget about the Eske sisters from Milwaukee, WI!! Kalin plays Division 1 Beach volleyball for Coastal Carolina University in SC she is in her 5th year there and a Top Flight Award Recipient as the top 5 pairs in the nation! And her sister, Alyssa played indoor in the B1G at University of Illinois then transfered to play beach with her sister at Coastal! She also helped the indoor team this year as well! Beach runs deep in the Eske Sisters!!
The Jefferson sisters! Mackenzie is a sophomore setter at Morgan State and Kialah is a freshman outside at VCU. They both played at Prosper High School in Texas. Their mom was my coach in high school and I grew up seeing them in the gym when they were little ones 😊
Saw your sister post! Emily Ryan UCLA #1 and Margaux Ryan Bryant University #1.
Also jade Parchment ( NC state) and Riley Parchment ( Westpoint)
All above played high school together ( academy of the holy cross) and played Metro volleyball DC