Aug. 23, 2017
Abby Fesl, a member of the 2016 women’s volleyball team and recent Master’s degree graduate in early August, is tracking down the program’s newcomers in a feature series titled Gettin’ Gabby With Abby. This edition showcases Ayanna Swan.
Four hundred and seventy-seven miles from her hometown, freshman Ayanna Swan finds a new home with high hopes for a bright future in Columbus.
“This is the ideal place to become a better teammate, volleyball player and person,” Swan explained. The sisterhood of the women’s volleyball team initially drew her to the Buckeyes. “It’s a family even though it’s a big college.”
The six-foot-two outside hitter will have the opportunity to lace up for the first time in a Buckeye uniform with another team across the net this Friday (Aug. 25). Following the opening weekend, the Buckeyes will play three more preseason tournaments before opening their conference schedule in St. John Arena against Maryland on Sept. 20.
“Now that we’re in season, I’m looking forward to playing high level teams and competing hard in this beast that is Big Ten Volleyball.”
After a summer of training in the weight room and playing in open gyms, the real work started. For many of the players, Swan included, the second week of August was the first time training with the coaching staff.
“Preseason was a challenging, yet a very developmental time. It allowed us to learn more about how each other moves and how to work more effectively as a team by strengthening our culture and engraving the mindset early on.”
Along with freshman Lauren Witte, Swan competed in the Under Armour All-American match in Columbus last December. The Richmond, Virginia native was a three-time All-Virginia, all-region, all-metro and all-conference honoree during her high school career at Mills E. Goodwin.
Swan plans to pursue a degree in Health and Rehab Sciences with a focus in Kinesiology, to one day become a Physical Therapist. Eventually, she’d like to open a practice with her twin sister, Gabby, who is studying at Old Dominion.
Swan is the daughter of Deanna Mays and Adrian Swan, and has two sisters, Nikayla and Gabby.