SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State ninth year head coach Ruben Volta announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today, and each will enroll at the University as freshmen next fall.
The signees are comprised of middle blockers Cianna Andrews (Paramount HS) and Sarah Falk (Niwot HS), outside hitter Macey Hayden (Whitney HS) and setter Ashtin Olin (Chiawana HS).
Andrews, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker from Bellflower, Calif., recently completed her fourth season with the varsity squad at Paramount High School in Paramount, Calif…helped the team to at least 12 wins each of her four seasons, including four consecutive CIF Southern Section Tournament appearances…played at both middle blocker and outside hitter with the Pirates…a first team all-San Gabriel Valley League selection as a junior, and she will likely receive first team honors as a senior when awards are handed out…played for the Golden West Volleyball Club of Anaheim where six of her teammates have committed to Div. I schools to play volleyball.
"Cianna is a quick middle who jumps well and has a fast arm," Volta said. "We will use her in the middle, but she is also capable of playing on the right side and will help us offensively. Middles by nature have to work hard because of the pace of the game, and she works hard and will attack well in transition. I'm confident she will become a good blocker as well."
Falk, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Longmont, Colo., recently completed her fourth season with the varsity squad (and third year as a starter) at Niwot High School in Colorado…the Cougars completed a 2016 season that saw the team post an 18-9 overall record and 14-0 league mark while winning both the regional and Northern League championships…on Saturday, the Cougars lost in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament in five sets (16-14 in the 5th) to Holy Family High School…Falk also helped Niwot to a 2014 conference title, and the team is a combined 67-37 overall and 42-10 in league during her four seasons…this year, she had 221 kills, which breaks down to an average of 2.5 per set…over the course of her career, she has over 500 kills…posted a career-best 20 kills during the regular season against Holy Family HS…will likely be named all-league when selections are made later this season…played club volleyball for The Diff in Brighton, Colo.
"Sarah has nice size, she is quick, possesses a fast arm swing and has the ability to play in the middle or other positions on the front row," Volta said. "I'm excited about the offense Sarah will bring to the team, and she will also develop into a very nice blocker."
A local product, Hayden, who is a 5-foot-11 outside hitter from Lincoln, Calif., is currently in her fourth season as the starting outside hitter for Whitney High School in Rocklin…already a three-time first team all-Capital Valley Conference selection, including last year's league MVP, Hayden helped lead the Wildcats to a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title after beating Elk Grove High School in five sets on Saturday…Whitney begins the state tournament on Wednesday with a matchup against American High School…this year's team is currently 29-10 overall and won the league title with a 13-1 record…in her four seasons, Hayden has racked up 1,645 kills, good for career averages of 4.0 kills and 2.5 digs per set to go along with a .288 hitting percentage…she has averaged at least 4.0 kills per set three straight years, including a career-best total of 4.8 kills per set this season…she also averages 3.7 digs per set with a .314 hitting percentage…she is currently leading the Capital Valley Conference in kills and also paced the league in that category as a sophomore…earlier this season, she was named as a Top 20 Player to Watch in NorCal High Schools by Sports Stars Magazine…as a junior, she averaged 4.4 kills and 4.0 digs per set while hitting .312…played five years of club volleyball for the highly competitive Northern California Volleyball Club.
"Macey is a six-rotation outside hitter who has a very nice platform and passes well," Volta said. "She is very enthusiastic and a player that fans will enjoy watching. She plays so hard, has nice length and is another player from this class with a good all-around game. She's a local product that I have watched over the years, and we are very excited she has decided to become a Hornet."
Olin, a 5-foot-11 setter from Pasco, Wash., recently completed her fourth season with the varsity squad at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Wash…a two-time first team all-4A Mid-Columbia selection, Olin was named this year's co-league MVP after leading the Riverhawks to an 8-4 league record and a No. 2 seed at the 4A Regional playoffs…as a junior in 2015, she was a first team all-league selection and helped the team to a 16-6 overall record and a second place finishing 12-2 mark in league…served as the team captain for the second straight year…voted the team's most inspirational player as a junior…a scholar-athlete, Olin currently has a 3.8 grade point average in high school and ranks among the top 10 percent of her class…played three years of club volleyball for the Columbia Juniors out of Pasco…as a setter, she ran a 5-1 offense in high school and 6-2 offense in club…her mother, Sandra, was a middle blocker at the University of Portland in 1990 and 1991.
"I saw Ashtin play at a juniors tournament, and immediately liked her hands," Volta said. "On her team, they ran a 6-2 offense, and she was also hitting on the front row so I really like the athleticism she brings to the setter position. She has the range to track balls down, she has fast hands, and volleyball savviness from being around the game for a long time."
Sacramento State (19-11, 13-3 Big Sky Conference) has won eight straight matches and will be the No. 2 seed for this week's conference tournament in Grand Forks, N.D. The Hornets open the eight-team tournament on Thursday vs. No. 7 seed Eastern Washington at 9:30 a.m. PST. The winner of the three-day, single-elimination event receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Sacramento State Signings
||Fr.||5-10||Bellflower, Calif./Paramount HS|
||MB||Fr.||6-1||Longmont, Colo./Niwot HS|
|Macey Hayden||OH||Fr.||5-11||Lincoln, Calif./Whitney HS|
|Ashtin Olin||S||Fr.||5-11||Pasco, Wash./Chiawana HS|