Dons Report: Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team celebrates a win at the Sobrato Center. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG FOR USF DONS ATHLETICS

Annika Dahlberg

Staff Writer 

The USF women’s volleyball team is looking toward the future as the team announced the addition of three new signees over the winter break. 

Shyia Richardson, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Clear Springs High School, Houston, Texas

Named Newcomer of the Year in her freshman season, Richardson led her high school team to four post-season appearances and one district title over the course of her high school career. Richardson is a four-time first team All-District honoree as well as a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under Armour Phenom List honoree. She earned two District 24-6A co-District Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2018 and 2019 and was named to Prep Volleyball’s club watchlist during her high school career. The outside hitter accumulated high school career totals of 1,601 kills and 1,436 digs, with 169 service aces.

Aylen Ayub, Freshman, Setter, Asociación Cultural Dante Alighieri, Rosario, Argentina 

Ayub was both a member of the multi-sports club, Club Atlético del Rosario, and Argentina’s national volleyball team, earning South American championship honors in 2017 and 2018 with the latter. In 2019, she also competed for Argentina’s women’s national under-20 volleyball team which competed in the world championships in Mexico. During Ayub’s club career, her team won the 2017 National Club Tournament Championship and City Championship on four occasions. The Argentinian also won the provincial title in her home province of Santa Fe during her pre-college career.

Taylor Schein, Freshman, Opposite Hitter, Xavier College Prep, Palm Desert, California

A three-time varsity letter winner, Schein amassed 540 kills with an attack percentage of .279 over three seasons and was named as an all-league honoree twice. Noted for her versatility, Schein played outside and inside for her high school team, finishing her sophomore season with 111 blocks and 282 digs, both career bests. Schein helped Xavier College Prep to two Desert Empire League championships with an overall 75-24 win-loss record, including a 30-2 record in conference play.

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