The Colorado volleyball team already has added some reinforcements for the 2020 campaign.
On Wednesday, head coach Jesse Mahoney announced that Leah Clayton, a decorated outside hitter the past two seasons at East Tennessee State, is transferring to Colorado and will join the Buffaloes for the 2019 season.
Due to NCAA rules, Clayton will have to sit out a season but has one more season of eligibility remaining for the 2020 season.
Clayton was named to the All-Southeast Region team in 2018 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and also was named the Player of the Year in the Southern Conference. Clayton ranked 17th nationally in total kills (503) and 50th in kills per set (4.02).
Clayton helped lead East Tennessee State to the program's first NCAA Tournament berth, and twice last fall she was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week. ETSU experienced a coaching change after its memorable 2018 season, with 16-year head coach Lindsey Devine moving on to Alabama.
Originally from Danville, Virginia, Clayton has experienced a nomadic collegiate career, winning the Big South Conference Freshman of the Year in 2016 at Liberty before spending two seasons at East Tennessee State.
“We couldn't be more excited bring Leah into the Colorado program,” Mahoney said in a statement. “She is a true six-rotation player that can execute all the skills at a high level, but what really stood out to me in watching Leah at ETSU is her competitive spirit. She’s the type of player who goes hard every play regardless of the score. She knows what it takes to play at a high level and she will fit in well with the culture that we are continuing to build here in our program.”