Volleyball Adds Four for 2019
NORMAN — Oklahoma volleyball head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton announced Monday the addition of four stellar student-athletes during the 2018-19 early signing period.
Joining the Sooners next season will be Abby Butler, Olivia Curtis, Sanaá Dotson and Rylie Gregston.
“When we arrived in Norman, growing the game IQ and athleticism of our gym was crucial to our continued growth and success,” Gray-Walton said. “This 2019 class is well-rounded and one we are extremely excited to get to campus. Each of them comes from a highly-competitive and winning background, which is an asset to every successful program. Their poise and championship expectations come from an internal drive to reach their goals as a student, person and player. As a coach, I look forward to seeing their full development and embodiment of what it means to be an Oklahoma Sooner.”
Abby Butler / MB / 6-5 / Flower Mound, Texas
A 6-5 middle blocker, Butler concluded her accomplished career at Flower Mound High School on Saturday by winning the state championship. In the final match, Butler had 13 kills and hit .462 while sealing the state title with a match-ending solo block, ultimately earning UIL 6A State All-Tournament Team honors. Butler hit .394 with 245 kills and 171 blocks in 2018, leading her team to its first-ever state tournament berth and the District 6-6A Championship while being named the District 6-6A Blocker of the Year and First-Team All-District.
Butler was also a member of the Texas Advantage Volleyball Club team that won the 2018 USAV National Championship this summer. Additionally, she helped her squad to win the 2018 Lonestar and MEQ National qualifier.
Butler also impressed in the classroom, holding membership with the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, the Science National Honor Society and the English Honor Society. Butler is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Butler and sister to Emma.
“Abby has been on a championship run this calendar year, winning a club volleyball national championship and the Texas state high school title,” Gray-Walton said. “Standing at 6-5, Abby’s stature and physicality can be dominant in the Big 12 with commitment to all areas of her development. She is just scratching the surface of who she can become as a competitor and player.”
Olivia Curtis / OH / 5-11 / Oklahoma City, Okla.
The 2017-18 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year, Curtis will make the short trip to Norman from Christian Heritage Academy in Del City, Okla. Curtis is a versatile threat from every part of the court, holding the state and school records for career kills (2,012) and the school record for career digs (1,735). A 5-11 outside hitter, Curtis is an All-State honoree, a two-time state tournament MVP and the Oklahoman’s 2017-18 Player of the Year.
Curtis has spent the past seven years playing club volleyball with Oklahoma Peak Performance, serving as a six-rotation outside hitter. She was named to PrepVolleyball’s Players to Watch List.
Curtis also excelled at basketball, tabbed the MVP of the basketball state tournament and named to the Oklahoman’s Little-All City team twice in her four years on the Christian Heritage team. Additionally, she earned three letters playing tennis in high school. In the classroom, Curtis was a member of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society. She is the daughter of John and Jana Curtis, the sister to Karli West and Adam Curtis, the sister-in-law to Jordan West and the aunt to Madden and Cooper.
“Olivia has become not only one of the most accomplished volleyball players but also one of the most accomplished athletes in Oklahoma high school history,” Gray-Walton said. “Olivia will bring a competitiveness and will to win that will be the foundation of what Oklahoma Volleyball is built on. Her versatility will be a huge asset to our gym and we look forward to seeing her game go to an entirely new level.”
Sanaá Dotson / OH / 6-0 / Houston, Texas
Currently wrapping up her senior season at Memorial High School in Houston, Texas, Dotson built an impressive resume in her high school career. The 6-0 outside hitter was recently named an AVCA Third-Team High School All-American. A two-time all-state honoree, Dotson was named a 2017 Second-Team All-Greater Houston selection as well as a preseason selection in 2018 and was recently named the Houston Chronicle Player of the Week for Oct. 22-23. Dotson earned four varsity letters in volleyball, leading her team to a pair of first-place district finishes and a 116-50 record (48-6 in district play) over four years.
Dotson has spent the past eight years playing club volleyball at Houston Juniors. She was recently named to PrepVolleyball’s Top 100 Senior Aces for the class of 2019 as well as the Sophomore 79 team. Additionally, Dotson helped her team win numerous tournament titles and most recently powered the team to a third-place finish at the 2018 Tour of Texas Open Division.
In the classroom, Dotson garnered Academic All-District honors. She is the daughter of Santana and Monique Dotson. Her father Santana spent 11 years as a defensive tackle in the NFL, winning Super Bowl XXXI with the Green Bay Packers and earning the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. Dotson is the sister of Khari, Amani and Indya.
“Sanaá is a player that has the ability to carry a big load for a team, as seen by her success thus far in her prep career,” Gray-Walton said. “Her athleticism, explosiveness and passion to compete will be showcased in the Big 12. Sanaá is never satisfied and will continue to push herself and this program to reach new heights.”
Rylie Gregston / S / 5-6 / Lee's Summit, Mo.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Gregston is a three-year varsity letterwinner at Blue Springs South. The 5-6 setter has earned All-Conference, All-District and All-Area accolades in each of her three seasons and finished her high school career with 1,531 assists, including 777 during her senior campaign. Gregston led her team to three conference championships and a pair of district championships.
A four-year member of KC Power volleyball club in Kansas City, Mo., Gregston was named one of PrepVolleyball’s Senior Aces for the class of 2019 and an honorable mention All-American selection.
Gregston was named to the principal’s honor roll each of her four years at Blue Springs South and was a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Scott and Katie Gregston and sister to Taylor, Connor and Camryn.
“Rylie is a player that adds a level of passion and volleyball IQ to any court she steps on,” Gray-Walton said. “Players like Rylie who can do multiple things allow for a team to have success in a lot of different way. We are excited about that opportunity both for her and for our team in the coming years.”