Lynn Volleyball’s Four Shooting Stars

Lynn University was never known for its volleyball program until Lynze Roos took over in 2006.  Roos is the Fighting Knights all-time winningest head coach with a record of 99-58.  

Devon Woolard, Lacy Redwine, Sophie Gagnon and Haley Pratt are all seniors who played a major role in Roos' first recruiting class. They reinvented Lynn University volleyball and led it to three straight NCAA tournaments.

During Woolard and Redwine's freshman year they were named to the SSC All-Freshman and the NCAA South Region All-Tournament Teams.

"It was nice to win the award because there weren't any upperclassman, so we really had to work hard and step up," Redwine said.  

During Redwine's sophomore year she received Honorable Mention All-America recognition by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

"It was totally unexpected, but it was nice being recognized by the coaches," said Redwine

A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Redwine is just five digs away from breaking the school's record for most career digs held by Christie Schade.  She also ranks in the top ten nationally with 5.96 digs per set.  

Redwine's best team memory was during her freshman campaign when the Fighting Knight went to Tampa for the first round of the Regional Tournament.

"We went and nobody had any expectations or standards for us. We went into the game as the underdog, which we won, and proved everyone wrong.  Our underclassmen better continue the success when we leave."

Both Redwine and Woolard have also been team co-captains for the past three years.

"It has been a lot of fun, and most of the girls have been on the team before so we play very well together." Woolard said.

Woolard, a product of Delray Beach, Fla., who broke the program's assists record as a sophomore, has not only been honored for her on the court excellence.  She has also been recognized for her work in the classroom by being named ESPN the Magazine First Team Academic All-District two straight years and receiving Second Team Academic All-America accolades as a junior.  

"I hope I remain on top of the record books because I want to come back to Lynn with my kids to show them that their mom was a good player," Woolard said.

Haley Pratt has also played a big factor in leading LU to three straight NCAA titles.  In addition, she holds the Lynn record for all-time blocks with 300 and counting.

"I feel very fortunate that I will be able to come back in a couple years and say that's me." 

The Greenwood, Ind., native, Pratt isn't just a star volleyball player; she is also a community advisor and co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Sophie Gagnon, a product of Quebec, Canada, is the last of the four-year seniors who have helped lead the Fighting Knights to their success.  Gagnon is among the leaders on the Blue and White in hitting percentage and is also second to Pratt in all-time blocks with 248.  Even though she was named Second Team Academic All-District as a junior, Gagnon doesn't pay too much attention to her personal achievementsand prefers to keep her focus on the team.  

"I am glad to be on this talented Lynn team and I hope we can keep bringing in good players to continue our success." Gagnon said.

The girls are finishing up their final season wearing the Blue and White with the hopes of winning the NCAA Title.  

"We all come from winning high schools and we will do anything it takes to win the title," Woolard said.

"Everyone wants its real bad and this is our last chance to win it," added Redwine.

"I think we can win as long as we stay on the same page," Gagnon said.

Win or lose, these girls will always have a place in the record books and be remembered for bringing Lynn University volleyball to life.