Though the 2014 collegiate women’s volleyball season came to a close last month, big news is already coming out that will have significant impacts on the 2015 season. Here’s our roundup of this week’s top news stories.

Briana Holman to transfer to Nebraska

First Team All-American Briana Holman who played her freshman and sophomore years at LSU, leading the Tigers in blocks and kills in 2014, has announced that she will transfer to Nebraska. The Texas native also visited Penn State before announcing her decision last week.

Holman has already begun taking classes at Nebraska, however, she has not yet received a release from her LSU scholarship. If LSU chooses to withhold that release, she would have to sit out the 2015 season and begin her third year of eligibility in 2016.

>> Check out this article from omaha.com for more information

Jim McLaughlin to leave Washington for Notre Dame

Following the departure of 24-year Notre Dame head coach Debbie Brown, sources of the volleyball news website Volleyblog Seattle say Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin will take over the Fighting Irish position. Neither the University of Washington nor Notre Dame has been willing to comment yet, but Notre Dame says a hiring announcement should be expected sometime this week.

>> Read the announcement from Volleyblog Seattle

Jeff Hall fills open Hawaii women’s coaching position

Former associate head coach of the Hawaii men’s volleyball team Jeff Hall will fill the associate head coaching position with the Hawaii women’s team left vacant by the departure of Scott Wong (who is the new head coach for the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team). Hall will also serve as head coach of the women’s sand volleyball team.

Assistant on the men’s side Milan Zarkovic will step up as men’s associate head coach, while Spencer McLachlin, a former volunteer assistant will be promoted to assistant for the current men’s season.

>> For more on the coaching shuffles at Hawaii, check out this article from the Honolulu Star Advertiser

U of L setter named Miss Kentucky

In other, lighter, NCAA women’s volleyball news, University of Louisville setter Katie George was crowned Miss Kentucky USA on Monday. The Louisville native, competing in her first pageant, said she decided to enter as a springboard into the broadcasting industry.

I never thought that I would be a beauty queen, or in a pageant for that matter, wearing a crown, said George in a press conference. This is crazy. I dont look like this on a daily basis. I wear a business bun on top of my head and I sweat like a boy. So this is so weird but I am truly honored. I cannot wait to represent the commonwealth of Kentucky at the national level at Miss USA, and Im so proud to represent the community of Louisville and most importantly the University of Louisville.

George will compete in the Miss USA pageant later this month.

>> Get more details and watch George be crowned Miss Kentucky USA in this article from The Courier-Journal

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