Suli Davis focused on Open Natty and Her Recruitment
Suli Davis, a 16-year-old Texas outside hitter who stands at 6'2, is a top 2025 prospect for college coaches. Davis is a rising junior and is about to begin her college recruitment process while finishing up her 2023 club season. Suli is currently competing with the 16s team at Drive Nation, where they compete in the open division and face the best competition in the country every week. “Club season is going well, but I know I can do better”, said Davis. “It has been really challenging competition-wise having to navigate where I am and if I am still getting better.” Her Drive Nation squad is tearing up Open Qualifiers this season. They are triple-qualified for Nationals and looking to battle for an Open national title.
On June 5th and 6th Davis attended the Drive Nations College Coaches camps, where 32 top D1 universities from nearly every conference were in attendance. Suli stated, “This camp was a good opportunity to not only be seen by coaches but to learn more about their programs.” With June 15th approaching quickly Davis is eager to start talking to coaches and truly immerse herself in the recruitment process. “So far it has been a really easy process for me.” Three years ago when Davis first fell in love with volleyball she fell in love with Stanford, but now has an open mind when it comes to choosing a future home. She added, “I definitely would want to play in the Big Ten.”
So where will the all-around OH end up? As of now an out-of-state school and prefers a university in a location that has all 4 seasons, unlike Texas. Even though Davis is really early in her recruitment process she knows that she wants to play at the highest level for her collegiate career. As a 16-year-old Suli made the 20-man roster for the 2023 Girls U19 National Team. With making this team Davis felt the pressure that comes with it. Thinking she needed to look a certain way, but shortly realized that she didn't need to add that pressure onto her plate.
She stated that “the tryout was mentally exhausting, but it was a fun experience.” She did not make the 12-man travel roster, but she enjoyed training with the team and getting better. If you ask her she is a strong player who considered the advice she received from her USA coaches and will use that advice as motivation when she attempts to make the 12-man travel roster for the 2024 season.
“Volleyball to me is an escape from reality. I feel like volleyball has helped me build myself as a person mentally, it has made me stronger, it's humbled me a lot, it keeps me level-headed and locked in”, said Davis.
Davis enjoys the grind not only in volleyball but in life. The bit of advice she would give to another player in her position is to “post highlights and email coaches!” Davis strongly encourages players to reach out to coaches and be proactive in their recruitment process as she is and will continue to be until she is committed.