Kylie Bryan grew up playing indoor volleyball. In fact, it was her father who introduced her to the game. He also introduced Bryan to her new love about five years ago: beach volleyball.
That love, along with her on-the-court talent, led Bryan to sign a National Letter of Intent with Division I Houston Baptist University where she will compete on the beach volleyball team.
“I just fell in love with it. I love indoor, too, but I think the fact that I get to touch every ball makes it a more of a hustle sport. I also just love being outside and on the beach," she said. "[…] They are both very competitive sports, but on the beach, you have to go. You can’t rely on anyone, it’s just you and your partner.”
Bryan will not be the lone Ellis County representative on Huskies' roster, as she will join Waxahachie grad and now HBU junior Aeriel Horton.
The Huskies are led by sixth-year head volleyball coach Trent Herman, who has an 85-78 record on the court with HBU and 128-111 over his entire coaching career. Herman is also the beach volleyball head coach, where he has led the Huskies to a combined 19-25 mark in the program's first two seasons.
“We will play some really big teams like TCU, LSU and a couple of teams from Florida," explained Bryan on why she chose HBU. "We get to travel from West Coast to East Coast wherever a beach is. I also wanted to be a radiologist and the hospital is connected there at Houston [Baptist]. Plus, my aunt lives there so she is going to help me and the school is in the middle of everything.”
Over her last two seasons with the Red Oak Lady Hawks, Bryan has recorded 847 digs, broke 815 serves and sent home 83 aces in 244 sets. She was named District 10-5A Libero of the Year after playing a vital role in the Lady Hawks' appearance in the 5A Region II semifinals with a 36-6 record in 2017. Bryan was an All-District 10-5A honorable mention after her junior season.
“I am definitely going to miss the connection with everyone. I grew up playing with Emily (North) and Kennedy (Wiley), and I’ve been on the varsity with Emily, Kennedy, Serena (Patterson) and Katie (Hess) all of these years," Bryan said.
"The family connection is big, too. Especially coach Porter, yeah she is really hard on me, but she has helped me come out and build my confidence.”