ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Volleyball team will add graduate transfer Shayla Phillip for the 2019 season, head coach Deane Webb said. Phillip will have one season of eligibility remaining and played her first three seasons at Samford.
"It is extremely rare to bring someone in with the experience that Shayla has, as she has already trained for four years collegiately, been a starter on two teams that competed in the NCAA tournament, and understands the work that it takes to succeed as a D1 student-athlete," Webb said. "Shayla has been a highly successful one footed attacker throughout her career, and we're looking forward to helping her find success here at Ohio as well."
Phillip was a member of the 2019 Southern Conference All-Tournament team and helped the Bulldogs win two tournament championships in 2016 and 2018. Phillip was on the Dean's List in 2017, 18 and 19.
"In addition to the experience Shayla has on the court, there is great value in someone coming into the program that has successfully lived the life as a student-athlete and will be able to share those life lessons with our younger players," Webb added. "I've had the opportunity to coach against Shayla each of the last two years, and I'm looking forward to coaching for her instead of against her!"
Phillip averaged 2.12 kills per set and 0.66 blocks per set in her career. Phillips had a career-high of 18 kills against Chattanooga in 2017, and posted a career-high of seven blocks against East Tennessee State in 2017. Phillip had 304 kills on a .321 attacking percentage last season at Samford, with 15 double-digit kill total games. Phillip had 96 blocks and 63 digs.
In high school, Phillip was named a 2015 All-South Carolina member and was a finalist for the Region 4 3A Player of the Year. She helped Richland Northeast High School win a regional championship and led that squad in kills and aces.
Phillip is a native of Summerville, South Carolina and will pursue a Master's in Sport Management at Ohio after graduating with a sport administration degree from Samford.