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Gillian Grimes Flips To Penn State Women’s Volleyball

Yet another incoming prospect has flipped to Penn State women’s volleyball from a rival Big Ten school.

On Thursday, former Michigan State commit Gillian Grimes announced she’s now planning to suit up for the Nittany Lions. She had previously planned to walk on with the Spartans but opened her recruitment after head coach Cathy George retired in January.

“This has been a dream of mine since I started playing volleyball, and I am very grateful to be able to play in Rec Hall for the next four years,” Grimes wrote in an Instagram post.

Standing at 5’6″, Grimes plays as a defensive specialist or libero. She’s now the fourth player to join Penn State’s Class of 2022, which will arrive on campus in a few months.

Grimes helped her high school, Nazareth Academy, win an Illinois state championship last fall. Ironically, she played alongside fellow Nittany Lions prospect Katie Hurta, who flipped to Penn State from Indiana a few weeks ago.

With the Nittany Lions, Grimes will compete for top billing within a group of largely unproven defensive specialists. Jenna Hampton, who started at libero for two seasons, transferred to South Carolina earlier this offseason.

Grimes’s flip to Penn State is the latest recruitment victory for newly-minted head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley. To bolster the roster, the Nittany Lions have picked up commitments from transfers like Utah outside hitter Zoe Weatherington, Purdue middle blocker Taylor Trammell, and Long Beach State outside hitter Kashauna Williams.

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