OXFORD, Miss. – Head coach Bre Henry announced the newest addition to her roster for the 2023 season, signing transfer outside hitter Nia Washington from Iowa.
“We cannot wait to have Nia in the Ole Miss gym,” said Henry. “Her competitive edge is so present, and I am really excited to see how it impacts and aids the continued growth we are creating here. She’s been exposed to and has competed at the highest D1 level, and that experience will bring perspective and maturity. I think the SEC will be a perfect fit for an athlete like herself. We had her whole family on campus, and it felt like a seamless fit all the way from family, to coaches, to current athletes and the mission of the program.”
In one season with the Hawkeyes, Washington appeared in 17 matches, playing 29 sets. She registered a career-best 16 kills in Iowa’s win over Michigan on November 29. Lining up at outside hitter, she posted 36 kills on 120 total attacks.
A New Orleans, Louisiana, native, Washington was a three-time Louisiana State Champion at Metairie Park Country Day. She earned two MVP honors in the championship game and garnered 2020 and 2021 Division V Player of the Year honors. In her four-year high school career, the outside hitter surpassed 1,200 kills and 1,000 digs. Washington also played club volleyball for NOLA Volleyball Club, where she was the 15-year-old National Premiere Division 3rd place winner and All-Star, as well as the 17-year-old National Premiere Division Champion and National Premiere Division MVP.
“I chose Ole Miss because of the dynamic between the coaches and players,” said Washington. “I loved how comfortable everything felt. Maintaining and growing my love for the sport itself as I develop into the player and the person I want to become after college while still chasing and making my dreams a reality is a huge part of my near future goals. I am so excited to be a part of a great program and develop lifelong relationships at Ole Miss!”
Washington will join the Rebels for the 2023 season with three years of eligibility.
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