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Courtesy: Steve Slade, UCONN Athletics
Kayla Williams led UCONN in kills and digs in each of the last two seasons.
UND lands big-name transfer
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 02/01/2018
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GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Mark Pryor announced the addition of transfer Kayla Williams to the 2018 roster. Williams comes to UND after a standout first two seasons at the University of Connecticut, where she led the Huskies in kills in her freshman and sophomore campaigns.

"Kayla will be a great help to us," Pryor said. "When you can add a point scorer that can put away a ball from the left side as well as the back row, and with the athleticism that she has, that will really help us out, and continue to add to this roster."

As a freshman, Williams burst onto the scene, being named All-American Athletic Conference Second Team, ranking seventh in the conference in kills 3.47 kills per set. She added nearly three digs per set, ranking 16th in the league in that category as well, posting a team-high 17 double-doubles.

Last season, the 5-foot-9 Staten Island, N.Y., native again led UCONN in kills (310), despite missing eight matches. She totaled 3.83 kills per set to rank third in the American Conference while added 0.41 service aces per set, the most in the league. Her dig average was 18th in the conference and her 4.51 points per set was the second-best clip in that league.

For her career, she has already amassed 702 kills, 560 digs and 61 service aces in her two collegiate seasons. 

"Once Kayla comes in here and acclimates to our team culture, she could absolutely be special here," said Pryor. "Our fans at the Betty will absolutely love watching her compete. She could definitely become a fan favorite over the next couple years."

Williams' family, which now resides in Manhattan, N.Y., includes three brothers and three sisters. She will join the team in time for the 2018 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at UND.

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