WT Volleyball Welcomes Three to High School Signing Class of 2023

CANYON, Texas- West Texas A&M Head Volleyball Coach Kendra Potts announced the addition of Rylie Barnett, Riess Griffith and Sharlotte McClintock to the 2023 undersigned class.

The nation’s top-ranked Lady Buffs are hosting the 2022 Lone Star Conference Championships November 10-12 at The Box in Canyon. WT defeated 8th-seeded Angelo State in straight sets Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. The Lady Buffs will take on No. 4 seed UT Tyler tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Box in the Canyon.

Rylie Barnett

Outside Racket | Mission, Texas | Mission Veterans Memorial High School

Rylie Barnett makes her way to Canyon from Mission, Texas, where she stars as a field worker for Mission Veterans Memorial High School and Valley Venom. She was named the 30-5A MVP of the Year during her junior season and earned All-Area Hitter of the Year honors for the second year in a row. She is currently ranked 17thth in the nation and 12th in Texas in kills, according to MaxPreps. Barnett is the daughter of Jamie Barnett and Neil and Gabby Barnett. She plans to major in pre-med while she is at WT.

Potts about Barnett: “Rylie is a true all-round athlete. As a high-level track and field athlete and one of the top offensive volleyball players in the state, I look forward to taking her to the next level. The possibilities are endless her. The speed of her arm swing and her athleticism will be fun to watch. She also has great energy, and you can’t help but feel lifted around her! Welcome to the family, Rylie!”

Riess Griffith
Outside Racket | Weatherford, Texas | Weatherford High School

Riess Griffith is currently a senior at Weatherford High School and the Club Texas Volleyball Organization as an outside and defensive specialist. During her sophomore campaign, she was named to the All-Parker County Volleyball Team and District 3-6A Second Team, while last season she was named Offensive Player of the Year, where she was also named to the TSWA All-State Team became. She is the daughter of LeeAnn and Bo Griffith and sister to Buck and Katelyn. Griffith plans to participate in the educational program while he plays at WT.

Pot about Griffith: “Riess comes with an extremely high volleyball IQ. She has been coached well at the club and high school level and has seen great success with every team she has played on. With the loss of Sam Jordan and Abi NashRiess comes on offense with six rotation experiences, ball control and a wide range of shots. Importantly, when she visited, she immediately connected with the team and brought in the good energy we love every day at our gym! Welcome to the Lady Buff Volleyball family, Riess!”

Sharlotte McClintock
Middle Blocker | Houston, Texas | Stratford High School

Sharlotte McClintock joins Canyon from Houston, Texas, where she plays as a center blocker for Startford High School and the Houston Juniors Volleyball Club. She is a two-time All District honor while also excelling in the classroom, receiving two All-District Academic Team honors. She is the daughter of Scott and Shana McClintock and sister to Samuel. McClintock plans to study animal science during her time as Lady Buff.

Potts on McClintock: “We are very pleased to officially announce that Sharlotte is a Lady Buff. I am very happy to welcome her into the family. Sharlotte fits the culture, energy and physical presence that we want in our gym every day. She will do great things here as Lady Buff and be a force in the middle for our team! Welcome to the family, Sharlotte!”