Volleyball adds transfer from Houston
Monday, January 9, 2017
By Mark McGee
Volleyball adds transfer from Houston

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Megan Sullivan has transferred to Lipscomb from the University of Houston to play volleyball.

The addition of the 5-foot-6 sophomore defensive specialist/libero from Cypress, Texas, is in class for the spring semester and will be eligible to play for the 2017 season.

“Megan is somebody who comes to us with a lot of energy to get better,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “She has a huge desire to want to work.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have her here. She couldn’t be more excited to be here. It is a great situation.”

Sullivan saw limited action last season at Houston appearing in five matches and six sets. She recorded one assists and made eight service aces.

“Houston had a really big roster and a challenging season,” Rosenthal said. “In a lot of these cases kids just want a fresh start.”

Rosenthal and associate head coach Billy Ebel both did their homework on Sullivan and decided she was someone they wanted to have in the program.

“We heard all really good stuff about her from her club coaches and from her former coach at Houston,” Rosenthal said. “She needed a different environment and here we are.

“What I have learned is it is important to take advantages of these opportunities. As talked to her on the phone, and explained to her who we were as a program, it felt right.”

Sullivan is the fifth player on the Lipscomb roster at the defensive specialist/libero position, but Rosenthal isn’t concerned about the backlog at the spot.

“Everybody kind of raises an eyebrow because we have added another player at that position,” Rosenthal said. “I think she is going to bring a whole lot to the practice environment. And I think she is going to learn a lot from our girls.

“I can’t say enough about her attention to detail and so many other things we put an emphasis on.”

Rosenthal has never been shy about adding transfer players. Some key additions from other schools in the past have been Taylor Racich, Abby Fay, Ashley Cox, Ann Mullins, Meghan Hinemeyer and Sarah Snider.

“All of those players came here and helped us win championships,” Rosenthal said. “I have had a lot of opportunities over my years as a coach to go with my gut.

“I have trusted my gut many times before and it has worked out. This is one of those situations.”