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Freshman Hannah Shaw leaves North Texas volleyball, transfers to Tulane

Freshman Hannah Shaw leaves North Texas volleyball, transfers to Tulane

North Texas freshman outside hitter Hannah Shaw (9) hits the ball over the net at the gameagainst WKU on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Colin Mitchell | Intern Photographer

Freshman Hannah Shaw leaves North Texas volleyball, transfers to Tulane
March 25
13:01 2016

Clay Massey | Staff Writer


After just one season at North Texas, freshman outside hitter Hannah Shaw is leaving the volleyball program and plans to transfer to Tulane University.

Shaw appeared in 103 sets and racked up 193 kills. The freshman would have been among the top-4 returning kill leaders for the Mean Green, as the team looks to move on from the Carnae Dillard era.

She said the decision to leave was mutual.

“It’s a great program, and I love the girls,” Shaw said. “But I think just academically and the culture of UNT as a whole wasn’t a good fit. It just wasn’t a good fit overall.”

When Shaw committed to North Texas, she originally praised UNT’s academics, according to the North Texas athletics website.

“The academics were a huge part in choosing UNT,” Shaw told “I plan to become a biomedical engineer, and finding a college that offered my undergraduate degree was incredible.”

The freshman was homeschooled before coming to North Texas and said the evolution of UNT’s culture played a big part in her wanting to transfer away from Denton.

“I think the culture of the whole university fed into the team and into [Palileo],” Shaw said. “Obviously UNT is going to be a certain type of university, and that’s going to have a certain type of coach. I think it’s the package deal. They went together, and the university as a whole wasn’t good.”

Head Coach Andrew Palileo said she was granted a full release from North Texas with the exception of a few schools. He said Shaw approached him at the end of winter break about leaving the program, and Shaw has been off the team ever since.

“It was mutual,” Palileo said. “We wish her the best. Sometimes expectations aren’t met. Sometimes players come in thinking one thing, and it’s not what they expect. And sometimes it’s vice-versa.”

Palileo confirmed he and Shaw had disagreements during her year at North Texas.

“I’m the tie-breaker, because this is our program and my program,” Palileo said. “I’m the one holding the fort down. We just want to try and make sure all the players are going in the same direction.”

After Shaw joined the Mean Green in the fall, Palileo said he felt she struggled to adapt to the team-first mindset required to succeed at the division one level.

“Her personality was just a little bit different,” Palileo said. “She has a unique personality, one that she likes to do things her way, certain ways. And when you’re in a team sport, your individual way doesn’t supersede 14 other players and the program.”

Featured Image: North Texas freshman outside hitter Hannah Shaw (9) hits the ball over the net. File Photo

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