SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hornet head volleyball coach Ruben Volta announced today that outside hitter Lauren Kissell has transferred to Sacramento State. Kissell was just admitted into the University over the weekend, and her first practice with the Hornets will take place this afternoon.
Kissell, who will be junior, was a first team all-state selection last year at San Joaquin Delta College after spending her freshman season (2012) at Cal State Fullerton where she was named to the Big West Conference all-Freshman Team.
A six-foot native of Stockton, Calif., Kissell brings impressive credentials to Sacramento State. Last year as a sophomore at Delta College, she finished second in the state in kills (462), third in kills per set (5.13) and 19th in hitting percentage (.350). Kissell played all 27 matches for a Mustang squad that finished 21-6 overall, 12-2 in the Big 8 Conference and advanced to the third round of the CCCAA NorCal Regionals.
She had at least 12 kills in 23 of the final 24 matches of the season, posted 17 double-doubles, had seven matches with 20-plus kills and went over the 30-kill mark on two occasions. That includes the final match of the regular season against Sacramento City College in which she had 31 kills, 15 digs, and hit .466 (31-4-58). She posted double-doubles in all three matches of Regionals and averaged 6.0 kills per set and a .337 hitting percentage during the team's opening round victories over Solano and Foothill.
Prior to Delta College, Kissell played in 30 matches (18 starts) in 2012 for a Cal State Fullerton squad that finished 15-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big West Conference. She finished the season with averages of 1.75 kills, 0.40 digs and 0.61 blocks per set while hitting .222. Despite being a true freshman, her total of 200 kills were the third best mark on the team and her 238.0 total points and 70 blocks were both the fourth highest marks on the Titans.
She was one of seven players named to the Big West's all-Freshman Team and became the first Titan all-Freshman choice in three years. Kissell posted at least seven kills on 17 occasions, and finished with double figures six times. That included a season-best 16 kills at Pacific. Two of those six matches with double digits in kills came against UC Davis, where she had 11 in both matchups with the Aggies.
"Lauren is a very talented outside hitter who is also very capable of playing on the right side," Volta said. "She is a player that could certainly make an impact right away. She is very quick off the floor, has a nice arm swing, moves and jumps very well, and will bring a lot of offense to the team."
As a prep, Kissell played four years of varsity volleyball for Stockton's St. Mary's High School. During her senior season (2011), she led the Rams to a Tri-City Athletic League championship after being named the league's MVP and the Stockton Record's Player of the Year. Kissell had 358 kills that season and finished her four-year career with 884 kills.
Sacramento State is less than two weeks away from its season-opening tournament in Charlotte in which the Hornets will play four matches over two days. That includes matchups with both UNC Greensboro and ETSU on Friday, Aug. 29, and Morgan State and host Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 30. The team opens its home portion of the schedule the following weekend (Sept. 5-6) when its hosts the Sacramento State Invitational.