USC Women’s Volleyball Adds Transfers Shannon Scully and Mia Tuaniga
LOS ANGELES – USC women's volleyball has signed two transfer student-athletes in All-WCC outside hitter Shannon Scully (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) from Pepperdine and 2019-20 California Gatorade Player of the Year setter Mia Tuaniga (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS) from Long Beach State, Trojans' head coach Brad Keller announced on Monday, June 28.
"We are thrilled to welcome Shannon and Mia to the Trojan Family," said Keller. "Both athletes bring talent and a high volleyball IQ to our gym. We are looking forward to integrating them with our current roster and expect each of them to have an immediate impact both on and off the court."
Scully earned AVCA All-America honorable mention and was a two-time All-West Coast Conference first-team choice at Pepperdine. She was named AVCA All-Pacific South Region in 2020-21 with honorable mention status in 2019. She is a three-time WCC Offensive Player of the Week and was a WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll choice and a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete. In three seasons with the Waves, Scully finished with 1,001 kills. In 2020-21, she had 269 kills (3.32 kps) and hit.246. She collected 26 aces (0.32 saps), 252 digs (3.11 dps), and 28 blocks (0.35 bps). Scully had 11 double-doubles and reached double-figure kills 16 times. She also recorded double-digit digs 14 times. She leaves Pepperdine ranked ninth all-time with 3.07 points per set. Prior to playing for the Waves, Scully played at Utah during the fall of 2017. She played in 33 matches and appeared in 128 sets to finish with 32 kills, 28 assists, 25 service aces, and 295 digs.
Tuaniga was named the 2019-20 California Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year. She initially signed with Long Beach State, but the 49ers did not compete during the 2020-21 season. As a senior at Mater Dei High School in 2019, the 5-9 setter compiled 721 assists, 256 digs, 205 kills, 54 blocks, and 41 service aces. She helped lead the Monarchs to the CIF Open Division semifinals and a No. 7 national ranking as rated by PrepVolleyball.com. Tuaniga is a member of the U.S. Women's Junior National Team and was also the Orange County Player of the Year, a 2019-20 Under Armor First Team All-American, and a MaxPreps First Team All-American. She played at Apex1 Volleyball Club and comes from a long family line of volleyball talents including Long Beach State men's volleyball All-American Josh Tuaniga.
USC also announced the additions of transfers Paige Hammons (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) from Florida and Sabrina Smith (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo HS) from UCLA earlier this summer.
Under Keller—in his first year—USC (7-8, 7-8 Pac-12) concluded the 2020-21 season with four straight wins (at UCLA, at Arizona, vs. Colorado twice) and was competitive in each of its five-set losses to the league's top teams. The Trojans had seven matches cancelled for various reasons including COVID-19 protocols in the already-truncated Pac-12 season. Senior outside hitter Brooke Botkin (Houston, Texas/Pearland HS) was chosen to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team and received AVCA All-Pacific South Region honorable mention.
For more information on the USC women's volleyball team and a complete schedule and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/WVB. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow @USCWomensVolley on Twitter and Instagram.