Barking like a dog on the sideline, doing the shoot dance during lineup checks, and one of the most exciting celebrations you will see for a teammate, Devyn Robinson won’t take long to win the hearts of Wisconsin Badger volleyball…
Barking like a dog on the sideline, doing the shoot dance during lineup checks, and one of the most exciting celebrations you will see for a teammate, Devyn Robinson won’t take long to win the hearts of Wisconsin Badger volleyball fans.
Robinson is a class of 2020 middle blocker from Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny Centennial High School), giving her verbal commitment before her Sophomore year to play for Coach Kelly Sheffield and the Wisconsin Badgers following high school. Robinson is playing up on the Iowa Power Plex 17’s team which will be a team to threaten for an open division national championship next week at USA Volleyball Nationals in Detroit.
She’s not a 6’7 Dana Rettke, but she is 6’2, putting her armpit above the net when she blocks and has the ability to terminate on a quick or power tip to the open spot. What her team needs her to do, she does it, and done well. If there is anything that Badger fans can appreciate is a player who works hard, plays with passion, and can ignite a crowd at anytime. Plus, she can flash a quick smile that is contagious to the rest of her team as if her body languages just tells them, “It’s all good!”
Robinson is the daughter of Iowa State men’s basketball assistant coach, Daniyal Robinson. Watching Robinson command the front row would be comparable to a power forward in basketball and to make reference to the Milwaukee Bucks, a Giannis Antetokounmpo or Jabari Parker with how smooth and easy she makes playing middle look. Again, she flies – almost literally, and when she is planted to block on the pin there aren’t many outsides in the country will be able to hit over her.
Robinson isn’t the only future star on her club or even her own high school team. Iowa Power Plex is loaded with Division 1 talent starting with outside hitter Madi Kubik of West Des Moines (Valley High School) who is heading to Nebraska and has already worn the red, white, and blue of Team USA for the Youth National Team which Robinson has been selected to train with at the end of July in Colorado Springs. Fellow club and high school teammates would be 2019 recruits Kenna Sauer, a springy outside who is solid in all six rotations and a gritty defender who is heading to Mizzou and pin hitter, Ari Winters who will be playing her college volleyball at Denver. (Kubik’s West Des Moines Valley team defeated Centennial in the Class 5A semifinals last year)
Make room in the upper deck at the fieldhouse Badger fans, you’re in good hands with Robinson and another batch of nationally ranked recruits coming in for the future remains bright as does the present for Wisconsin Badger volleyball.