Transition going smoothly for Bullock [Volleyball]

August 16, 2012
Sylvia Bullock

She hasn’t played volleyball since high school, so naturally Sylvia Bullock of Anchorage has some catching up to do this season at the University of Kansas.

The former starting center for the University of Miami women’s basketball team got a shot to play another sport for just one season as a graduate student.

She landed at Kansas through a friendship between coaches at the two schools, paving her way to Lawrence.

“She came and saw me, and now I’m here. It’s cool,” Bullock told me. “Not many people get an opportunity like that, but I guess it was meant to be.”

Bullock, of South High fame, has the athletic ability that should translate well from basketball to volleyball.

At Miami, she was a team captain on a nationally ranked squad and finished as one of the school’s all-time greatest shot blockers with 120 for her career.

Standing 6-foot-3 and blessed with explosive hops, Bullock will shift from swatting shots to roofing spikes.

“It’s a lot different,” she said. “In volleyball, when you see their arms start swinging that’s when you have to jump. You have to adjust your hands a lot faster. In basketball, you can tell where the ball is going for the most part.”

After more reps and touches, though, she will be ready when the season begins in one week.

“I could be a good blocker. I used to be,” Bullock said. “I just need to get my timing down a little better. When I’m hitting there aren’t many people on the team that can block me because I have more hops than most people. When I get that technique down I feel I will be a good force on the team.”