VOLLEYBALL



Before Juliann ever picked up volleyball, she was a competitive gymnast, dancer, and cheerleader. It wasn’t until the summer of her ninth-grade year that she learned what volleyball was, and quickly fell in love with the sport. 

Now, Juliann is combining her passion for her favorite sport with her other passion: Singing.  As a young girl, she took violin lessons and sang in school choirs. While playing in Italy during her second professional season, her love of music kicked into a new gear. It wasn’t until an Italian fan noticed some of Johnson’s singing performances on YouTube. That’s when Johnson’s fans couldn’t resist: They asked her to sing Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire” at a halftime show. Her teammates and the Italian fans fell in love with her. A local group, Italian Job, and its music producer pulled her into the studio, and that laid the groundwork for her single, “Light Up the Sky”, and the forthcoming album, Complete.

On the volleyball court, Juliann has distinguished herself as one of the best in the world. She was named NCAA Freshman of the Year in 2007. As a four-year starter and three-time All-American for the University of Texas, Juliann was the 2010 UT Female Athlete of the Year. International volleyball organizations around the world have sought out her powerful skills and talent.  She signed her first professional contract with the Italian league, Lega Pallavolo A Femminile, playing for them 2011-2013, ultimately winning an Italian Supercup and a bronze medal in the Champion's League. 

During the 2013-2014 season, Juliann played for Guangdong Evergrande Women's Volleyball Club, playing for one of the best coaches in the world, Jenny Lang Ping. During the 2014-2015 season, she played for the most prestigious team in France, Racing Club de Cannes, where she won her first professional championship. After playing in France, Juliann went back to China to play for Fujian Women’s Volleyball Club during the 2015-2016 seasons. 

As a member of the USA National Team, Juliann has participated in many tournaments including World Grand Prix, Pan American Cup, and the Montreaux Masters.  With her mind set on the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Juliann is continuing her workouts. She is currently playing in her seventh professional season with The Kurobe Aqua Fairies in Japan for the 2017-2018 season.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2015 FRENCH LEAGUE CHAMPION

2013 BRONZE MEDAL CEV EUROPEAN LEAGUE

2013 MVP ITALIAN ALL-STAR GAME

2012 ITALIAN SUPERCUP

2010 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

2010 AVCA FFIRST TEAM ALL AMERICAN

2010 HONDA AWARD FINALIST

2010-2011 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

2010-2011 BIG 12 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

2010 AVCA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

2010 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (TWICE)

2010 ALL CENTRAL REGION MVP

2010 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HONOR ROLL

2009 VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

2009 AVCA ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM

FOUR-TIME ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (2007-10)

 

 2009 NCAA ALL-OMAHA REGIONAL TEAM

TWO-TIME AVCA ALL-CENTRAL REGION FIRST TEAM (2007 & 2009)

 2009 HAWAIIAN AIRLINES WAHINE CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

 2008 AVCA ALL-CENTRAL REGION HONORABLE MENTION

 2008 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

 2008 TIME WARNER CABLE TEXAS INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

 2007 AVCA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

 2007 AVCA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

 2007 VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

 2007 BIG 12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

 2007 ALL-BIG 12 FRESHMAN TEAM

 2007 COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL UPDATE (CVU.COM) FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

 2007 TIME WARNER CABLE TEXAS INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

 RANKED NO. 2 RECRUIT NATIONALLY BY PREPVOLLEYBALL.COM (2007)