Changing sports led Rya McKinnon to athletic success

Courtesy of Rob Knox, Howard Athletics Consultant WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rya McKinnon went from one sport in which her height was a potential liability to one where it’s a treasured asset. After all, there aren’t many 5-foot, 11-inch gymnasts. However, it’s a perfect height for volleyball where the Howard freshman outside hitter has found a home as a fearsome attacker. “I was pretty sad at first,” McKinnon said. “Gymnastics is a hard sport. I am very glad that I stopped playing. I was too tall for gymnastics. Even on the volleyball court,…

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Howard Volleyball defeats Delaware State in five-set nail biter

Courtesy of Howard Athletics Box Score In what was the definition of a back-and-forth affair, defending MEAC volleyball champion Howard defeated Delaware State 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13) Thursday evening in Memorial Hall. The Bison (13-7, 6-1 MEAC) have now won seven straight matches and are tied atop the MEAC standings with Coppin State heading into the rest of the weekend’s action. Jennifer Bolden led three Howard players with double-digit kills, racking up 17 for the match while also assisting on three blocks to total 18.5 points. Rya McKinnon…

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Howard Volleyball adds Phil Evans to coaching staff

Courtesy Howard University Athletic Media Relations Head coach Shaun Kupferberg and the Howard University women’s volleyball team expanded its coaching staff with the addition of Phil Evans. The announcement came Monday. Evans joins Sareea Freeman as an assistant coach under Kupferberg. “We are very excited about the addition of Phil Evans to our staff,” Kupferberg said. “His combination of technical knowledge and enthusiasm will bring a lot of energy to our program as we enter the 2022 season.” Evans joins the Bison Family after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach…

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Howard volleyball takes on no. 9 Ohio State in NCAA Tournament

Courtesy of Howard University Athletic Media Relations The Howard University women’s volleyball team squares off against Big Ten foe No. 9 Ohio State Friday night in the NCAA Volleyball Championship. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Buckeyes. FOLLOW THE ACTION Bison Nation can follow all the action via ESPN+ and/or live stats. Fans can purchase tickets here. MATCH-UP PREVIEWFriday’s showdown will be the first meeting between Howard and Ohio State. HOWARD Howard (18-12) enters the tournament with an 18-12 overall record, winning 12…

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