The start of a new year often brings with it a slew of transfer announcements from the women’s collegiate volleyball field. The most high-profile move this year comes from former Louisiana State University First Team All-American Briana Holman chose to leave the Tigers to become a Nebraska Cornhusker. LSU denied her request to be released from her scholarship, however, so Holman will be ineligible for both the 2015 sand and indoor seasons at Nebraska and will pick back up with her two remaining seasons of eligibility in 2016. According to Lincoln’s Journal Star, Holman was also being recruited by Penn State, Washington, and Wisconsin.
In late January, three players announced their transfers from Long Beach State, which had its best season in a decade in 2014. Alex Reid, a 5’11” outside hitter who will be a senior this fall, transferred to Colorado State, closer to her hometown of Aurora, Colorado, for family reasons. Sophie Bukovec wanted to focus more on her sand volleyball game and Long Beach State does not currently offer scholarships to sand-only players, so she transferred to USC. Joy Miley, a 6’2″ sophomore outside hitter, left for Marquette because LBSU doesnt offer her chosen major.
Missouri, which ran a 6-2 with two freshman setters last year, has announced the addition of former San Diego State setter Courtney Eckenrode to its 2015 roster. First Team All-American setter Molly Kreklow contributed significantly to the Tigers undefeated regular season performance in 2013, but after her graduation in 2014 the team struggled, partially because of inexperience in the setter spot. After the 2014 season, freshman setter Loxley Keala chose to transfer to Iowa, so Eckenrode will join Ali Kreklow, daughter of head coach Wayne Kreklow, as the second setter on Mizzou’s roster. We will have to see if the Tigers continue with their 6-2 format or try out one of their setters in a 5-1.
Anna Church, a setter who spent three seasons at Saint Louis University, announced her transfer to Kansas in January. KU head coach Ray Bechard said of the Fairway, Kansas, native who collected 1,073 assists in her career at SLU, She’s obviously been successful at the level she was at and was looking for more challenge, more opportunity.
Four-year Western Kentucky player Heather Boyan joined the University of Hawaii sand volleyball team for the spring 2015 season. Boyan, a 6’2″ middle at WKU, was the 2014 Conference-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2014.