Southlake Carroll 2021 outside hitter Natalie Glenn, the daughter of former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn, announced her commitment to Minnesota on Wednesday via Twitter.
“I chose to go to Minnesota because I fell in love with everything there,” Glenn said. “The atmosphere they have is amazing and the way they encourage and support each other is amazing, and the coaching staff is incredible. The foundation Hugh McCutcheon built there makes me feel comfortable and at home at Minnesota.”
As a freshman, Glenn was second on the team with 466 kills and 518 digs. She added 34 blocks and 16 aces while being named newcomer of the year by District 5-6A and Star-Telegram all-area team.
The Dragons went 38-8 and made it to the regional quarterfinals.
Carroll went 39-10 last season with a trip to the 6A Region I final. Glenn registered 501 kills, 366 digs, 46 blocks and 21 aces, and was voted to both the all-district and all-area team.
“Once I went to Minnesota over the summer, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it felt like home. I decided to wait to see if I could get that feeling anywhere else, but I couldn’t,” Glenn said. “I was so excited that I made my decision to become a gopher. I couldn’t be here without my coaches, teammates and especially my family.”
Glenn switched her jersey from 21 to 83 last season in honor of her father, Terry, who died in a car crash November 2017. Terry Glenn graduated from Ohio State and played in the NFL for 12 seasons.
Terry Glenn finished his career with the Cowboys from 2003-07. He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots during the 2001 season.
“I started out playing volleyball when I was seven at a rec league where my mom was the coach and from then on I haven’t stopped. My mom has supported me since day one, bringing all three of my siblings to tournaments and taking me all over the country,” Glenn said. “My dad always had hopes for me and he would always tell me how proud he was of me, and continuously encourage me to follow my dreams and never give up.”
Minnesota went 27-4 last season, 19-1 in conference and reached the regional semifinals where the Gophers lost to Oregon. The Gophers have Adanna Rollins, who was an All-American and 2-time state champion, and was named Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year at Hebron High School in Carrollton.