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Nalani Iosia enters NCAA transfer portal after two years of playing volleyball at Texas

Danny Davis
Austin American-Statesman
Texas libero Nalani Iosia celebrates scoring against Kansas during a Big 12 match at the Erwin Center in October. Iosia has entered the transfer portal.

Another edit has been made to the Texas volleyball team's roster.

A Texas source has confirmed that sophomore libero Nalani Iosia has entered the transfer portal. The news about Iosia's departure was first reported by Inside Texas.

Signed out of California during the 2020 recruiting cycle, Iosia found playing time as both a defensive specialist and a libero since her arrival. Iosia was UT's libero this past season and averaged a team-high 3.19 digs per set. She also served 29 aces in 2021.

Back in December, UT added UCLA grad transfer Zoe Fleck to its roster. Fleck was an All-American and the Pac-12's top libero in 2021.

Iosia, who participated in spring drills at Texas, is moving on during a busy offseason. Since the Longhorns' 2021 season ended in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament, Skylar Fields (USC), Naomi Cabello (North Carolina State), Madison Williams (North Carolina State) and Sydney Petersen (Northern Iowa) have transferred from Texas to new schools. Citing her mental health, veteran setter Jhenna Gabriel also retired from the sport.

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Those departures haven't decimated the UT roster since Texas has also been active in its recruitment of transfers. Fleck and former Kentucky outside hitter Madisen Skinner were on the Texas campus this spring. Setter Jenna Ewert and middle blocker Bella Bergmark, who played at Colorado and Cal last season, have both committed to playing volleyball at Texas this fall but the school has not yet acknowledged those transfers.

The Longhorns also signed three high school seniors in November.