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College: Top Transfers Paying Immediate Dividends

It doesn’t come with much surprise, but these transfers are already playing big roles with their new schools.

Kylie Pickrell’s multiple talents are paying off for NC State. (Courtesy NC State Athletics)

None of these names are big surprises.

When it came to judging the transfers that took place, you knew these players were going to step in and make an immediate difference to their respective teams.

Below, we break down the five top transfers through the first two weeks of the season:

(in alphabetical order)

1. Taylor Louis, Iowa, R-Jr, OH

— Louis is one of four players listed that we thought could make a huge difference for her new school. After all, she totaled over 500 kills last season at Marquette. As expected, she’s become the offensive anchor for the Hawkeyes too. Through the first two weekends, she’s registered 87 kills (3.63 per set) and is hitting .390 with 13 blocks.

Kylie Pickrell.

2. Kylie Pickrell, NC State, Jr, S/OH

— NC State is better this season. It’s just hard to tell by the 0-5 start, with all five losses to teams currently ranked in PVB’s Top 50. The schedule hasn’t been friendly but the arrival of Pickrell has certainly helped the Wolfpack. Her versatility is paying dividends to the tune of 174 assists (7.91 per set), 67 digs (3.05 per set), 32 kills (1.45 per set) and 10 blocks.

3. Sarah Sponcil, UCLA, Sr, S

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— When Sponcil first transferred there was speculation she could be filling the Bruins’ need at libero this season. It seemed much likely she would fill a setting/hitting role, but it’s been neither scenario so far. Sponcil is running a 5-1, a role she’s never played in college. But she was a highly-touted Senior Ace because of her all-around game and the Bruins are reaping the benefits. She has 212 assists, averaging 11.78 per set, to go with 45 digs (2.50 per set) and 16 blocks, second on the team.

4. Torrey Van Winden, Cal Poly, Soph, OH

— It’s somewhat fascinating that UCLA was involved in two prominent transfer, with Van Winden leaving for Cal and teaming up with her older sister, Adlee. If Van Winden made her presence known last year as a rookie playing the Pac-12, you knew she was going to be a force for the Mustangs and she’s starting off as such. She’s racked up 85 kills, averaging nearly five a set (4.72). She’s hitting a .352 clip, with 46 digs and team-high 16 blocks.

Shaina White.

5. Shaina White, Auburn, Soph, MB

— White was injured during her junior year of club volleyball and wasn’t as highly-recruited as she might otherwise have been. But she came back as a senior and helped Laguna Beach 18-1 to the 18 Open silver medal at Junior Nationals before heading off to Northeastern. With Auburn’s need and White’s skill, she figured to find a role with the Tigers in 2017. Through the first two weekends, she is second on the roster with 57 kills (2.59 per set), hitting a team-high .439. She’s also second with 11 blocks.

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