“Charlyn is very dynamic athletically,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “When you first see her play, the first thing you notice is her jumping ability. She is very explosive.
“She is going to be a good fit for us. I am very excited because of the way she plays.”
Ursell, a sophomore, has entered Lipscomb as a student for the spring semester and will practice with the team. She will be given the opportunity to take over the starting right side role left vacant due to Erin Pierce exhausting her eligibility.
Ursell played in 119 sets for Arkansas State this past season as an outside hitter. She made 258 kills, an average of 2.17 per set. She made 67 blocks (seven blocked shots, 60 block assists) and posted a .162 hitting percentage.
As a freshman she played in 23 sets in 12 matches. She was credited with 38 kills and a .225 hitting percentage.
“In her time at Arkansas State she did some great stuff statistically,” Rosenthal said. “She understands what our program is all about here. She wants to be a part of that.”
She likes being a part of a team and helping to bring her teammates together and keeping their excitement level high while bey are on the court.
“I like the emotional part of it,” Ursell said. “I want to keep my teammates excited. I want to keep them from getting down.”
Ursell was home-schooled her final three years of high school. She played volleyball with outstanding club teams in both her hometown of Houston, Texas and Chicago. She made six trips to national tournaments as a club player. In 2006, playing for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club in Aurora, Ill., she led the team to the National Championship in the open division of the Junior Olympics..
She also played for the Texas Tornadoes in Houston. As a senior she played for Advantage Volleyball in Houston.
“She comes from a very strong club background,” Rosenthal said. “The thing to note about her is that she played club volleyball six year sand every year she went to the national tournament in Junior Olympics.”
Ursell thinks that blocking is the key to being an effective right side.
“The big role is blocking the other team's big outside hitter,” Ursell said. “It also depends on what happens when the setter passes it is usually the right side's role to set the ball. You get a little bit of everything on the right side.”
Ursell had several reasons to want to be a part of the Lady Bisons, the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and tournament champion. She was impressed by the Lady Bisons players as well as Rosenthal and his assistant coach, Samantha Sullivan.
“Brandon really does a lot for the girls,” Ursell said. :”If music helps them practice better then they can have music during practice. Other coaches seem to tune you out and don't really listen to your opinions.”
Rosenthal expects Ursell to bring a high intensity level to practice. Pierce and Amy Trykowski are the top losses for the Lady Bisons.
“There is definitely a hole to be filled at the right side,” Rosenthal said. “I think Charlyn is going to have every opportunity to make that position hers.
“Bringing in an experienced player to an already experienced team is exciting. It is going to add more competition.”
Ursell has already impressed Rosenthal without making a play on the court. The transfer process often has to be completed quickly and Ursell was diligent in making sure that everything was in order.
“That was a great sign for me,” Rosenthal said. “Our program is very detail-oriented. I don't need a lot of excuses. I just need players to do what I ask them to do. Her diligence is something I am impressed with.”
p Written by Mark McGee, Senor Publisher/Director of Media Relations