National champion Madi Skinner transfers to Texas to continue her volleyball career
Nearly nine months after she helped prevent Texas from winning a volleyball national championship, Madi Skinner will aid the Longhorns in their elusive search for gold.
Skinner, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Katy who has played the past two seasons at Kentucky, announced Sunday that she will transfer to Texas.
In a post on Instagram, Skinner wrote: "Honored to have had the opportunity to wear blue for the past 2 years. Thank you Kentucky Volleyball, my amazing teammates and BBN for all the love and support over the past 2 years. With that being said I’m excited to announce that I will be coming back to Tx! Hook ’em!"
In the replies to Skinner's announcement, Texas standout Logan Eggleston wrote that she was "so so so excited!!!!!!!!" UT setter Jhenna Gabriel added, "Welcome to the party."
Last season Skinner averaged a team-best 3.78 kills per set and hit at a .282 rate. Defensively, she contributed 1.21 digs and 0.48 blocks per set. She earned an honorable mention on the AVCA All-American team.
As a freshman, Skinner was a key member of Kentucky's national championship team. In the NCAA title match for the 2020-21 season, Skinner hit .455 with 19 kills. The team the Wildcats beat in four sets that evening in April? Texas.
For the Longhorns, the arrival of Skinner will lighten the blow of All-American opposite hitter Skylar Fields' transfer to USC. The Horns also lost reserves Naomi Cabello and Madison Williams to North Carolina State, but libero Zoe Fleck joined the team after earning All-American accolades at UCLA.
Texas went 27-2 during the 2021 season. A loss to Nebraska in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament kept the Longhorns from contending for their first NCAA title since 2012.