NCAA Womens Volleyball

Duke Adds Three to 2024 Volleyball Squad

Duke Adds Three to 2024 Volleyball Squad

DURHAM – The Duke volleyball program and head coach Jolene Nagel announced the addition of Tiffany PaalmanGrace Penn and Ariana White to the 2024 squad as transfers.

“We are excited to confirm that we will have three graduate students join our team for the fall of 2024,” Nagel said. “We have been exceptionally lucky with our graduate students over the past few years and we have also benefited from their court experience and maturity. We look to see our graduate students continue to enhance our team!”

Paalman comes to Durham after spending time at Green Bay as a middle blocker from Appleton, Wisc. Most recently as a redshirt junior, she received first team All-Horizon league accolades with 31 match appearances, totaling 121 out of 124 sets played. Paalman finished second on the team in blocks with 13 solo and 83 assists and also finished third in kills (330) and points (253.5). She notched career numbers in kills (23) and points (24.5) versus Cleveland State in November and tallied a career-high seven blocks against Wright State.

For her career, she owns 811 kills for a .294 hitting percentage out of the middle. Paalman also has 295.0 total blocks under her belt and over 1,000 career points (1,012.5).

“Tiffany has proven to be both accomplished and resilient over the course of her career including overcoming injury to earn All-Horizon League honors and amassing over 800 kills and almost 300 career blocks,” Nagel said. “Most impressively, she will become Duke volleyball’s first Doctoral candidate as she begins work on her Ph.D in Marine Science and Conservation this fall. Tiffany is going to be an incredible addition to our middle blocker group, and even more so, a wonderful addition to our locker room and culture. We cannot wait to have her in Durham!”


Penn arrives in Durham after spending three years as a 5-10 setter at Boston College. Originally from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Penn owns 2,149 assists, 617 digs and 73 aces in her career. Most recently in 2023, she tallied six games with 20-or-more assists as she was one of two setters in the Eagles’ 6/2 rotation. She finished second on the team with 409 assists and added 144 digs to go along with 22 aces. In 2022, she saw 30 games with 20-or-more assists for 6.04 dimes per set. Her career high of 42 assists came against LIU in 2022.

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