Kansas volleyball signs transfer Mmachi Nwoke
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard announced the addition of transfer middle blocker Mmachi Nwoke (Grand Prairie, Texas) to the roster on Tuesday. Nwoke joins the reigning Big 12 champion Jayhawks immediately for the spring 2017 semester and will be eligible to compete during the 2017 season as a sophomore this fall.
“Mmachi will represent our program very well as a solid individual, great student, and a high-level athlete,” Bechard said. “The timing couldn’t be better for both of us because we need depth at the middle blocker position and she, being from the Dallas area, wanted to compete at the highest level in a conference that brings her closer to home. We are thrilled to welcome Mmachi into the Jayhawk family.”
Nwoke played at Arizona State during the 2016 season as a freshman, totaling 54 kills and 45 blocks for the Sun Devils. Nwoke, the sixth Texan on KU’s roster, attended South Grand Prairie High School where she earned all-state honors as a senior and competed for Texas Image Volleyball Club.
KU’s class of 2017 newcomers include Nwoke and freshman setter Annika Carlson (Olathe, Kan.). After the departure of four-year starter and All-Big 12 performer Tayler Soucie to graduation, Nwoke bolsters the Jayhawks at the middle blocker position, which features rising sophomore Zoe Hill and rising senior Kayla Cheadle on the current 2017 roster.
Kansas (27-3, 15-1 Big 12) is coming off back-to-back unprecedented seasons in which the Jayhawks advanced to the 2015 NCAA Championship semifinals and won the 2016 Big 12 Conference title for the first time in program history. The Jayhawks are looking to return to its second Final Four in three years when the NCAA Tournament concludes at the Sprint Center in Kansas City next December.
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