Volleyball Adds Two Division I Transfers

Jillian Duffin (left) and Kaliegh Skopal (right) join North Texas as transfers (Photos courtesy of Rutgers Athletics and Steve Woltmann)
Jillian Duffin (left) and Kaliegh Skopal (right) join North Texas as transfers (Photos courtesy of Rutgers Athletics and Steve Woltmann)
June 7, 2018

DENTON – The North Texas volleyball team added two Division I transfers to its 2018 roster, head coach Andrew Palileo announced Thursday.

Jillian Duffin comes to UNT from Rutgers, and Kaliegh Skopal joins the Mean Green after one season at Illinois-Chicago.

Duffin and Skopal are two of seven newcomers for North Texas in 2018, but will provide veteran depth to a team with just six returning letterwinners. Duffin joins seniors Karley York and Jordyn Williams as the only upperclassmen on this year's roster.

“Jill will have a great opportunity to come in and play right away and provide that experience,” Palileo said. “She’s coming in prepared and with a new mentality.”

A McKinney, Texas, native, Duffin tallied 99 kills and 32 total blocks in 22 starts for the Scarlet Knights as a freshman but saw action in just 19 sets in 2017. As a sophomore, the outside hitter posted a career-high 13 kills against Penn on Sept. 15 and Robert Morris on Sept. 16.

“We were one of her final schools coming out of high school, so we know Jill’s game and are familiar with what she’ll be able to bring to the table,” Palileo said. “She brings experience to our team, which we’ll need.”

Duffin was a three-time all-district selection at Boyd High School under head coach Kelly Quinn and helped the Broncos to a 26-13 record and a Class 5A state semifinal appearance. Duffin twice led the team in blocks, setting the single-season record as a sophomore.

In her freshman campaign with the Flames, Skopal compiled 555 assists and 143 digs and ranked second on the team with 28 aces. Against Idaho on Sept. 1, she recorded season-highs in assists (36) and digs (13).

“She provides a lot of depth at the setter position not only for this year, but for the future,” Palileo said.

A Round Rock, Texas, native, Skopal was a three-year letterwinner under head coach Jacob Thompson at Rouse High School, where she holds school records for single-match, single-season and career assists. The 2016 District 19-5A Setter of the Year, she led the Raiders to a 40-9 mark, culminating with a loss to Cedar Hill in the Class 6A state semifinal.


 

 

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