Sorry for the delay in this. Time difference definitely with eastern Canada an obstacle. Plus she wanted to have her parents add some comments.
Natasha Burns is a 6-5 middle from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She originally signed with West Virgina but when the coach left, the NCAA allows for someone who signed an NLI to transfer without penalty.
After getting her release she asked her recruiting coordinator to contact UH, which had been her top choice. She had spoken with Scott Wong when she was a junior but UH did not have an open scholarship. When her coordinator contacted UH, they did have a scholarship because of Megan Huff moving over to basketball. The timing was pretty amazing as both her inquiry and the decision Huff happened within days in March. Very similar to Magill’s situation when she was looking to transfer from Arizona and Vorster’s deciding to transfer to Liberty.
Going to have a story in Wednesday’s paper with more details but here’s some of her comments about why she wanted to play for UH
The volleyball program was initially what attracted me, UH has had a very strong program headed by great coaching staff. I always heard good things about the program. My coaches from Defensa always spoke very highly of their program and Coach Shoji. UH also has a good marine biology program, which Im very interested in.
Everyone has been very supportive, telling me how proud they are. I have not made a campus visit yet, I might be taking one after the sand season is finished! Im just so excited to get to know my future home.
She said she doesn’t know Emily Maglio but “It’s a comforting thought to know I will have a fellow Canadian on the team who can help me settle into life at UH.”