SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State 10th-year head coach Ruben Volta announced the signing of three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today, and each will enroll at the University as freshmen next fall.
The signees are setter McKenna Smith (Hamilton High School/Aspire Volleyball Club), middle blocker Kayla Subbert (Red Mountain High School/Club One VBC) and outside hitter Claudia Wilson (Queen Creek High School/Club One VBC).
Smith, a 5-foot-9 setter from Gilbert, Ariz., recently finished her senior varsity season at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz…played her freshman and sophomore seasons of high school volleyball at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, Ariz…did not play during her junior season because of high school transfer rules…recently finished her senior season at Hamilton where she helped the team to a 25-16 overall, a No. 8 ranking in the state, and a quarterfinal appearance at the state tournament…in 91 sets this season, she averaged 1.2 kills, 4.6 assists, 2.3 digs and 0.4 blocks to go along with a .292 hitting percentage…finished with 421 assists, 208 digs and 110 kills…at Campo Verde High School, during her freshman and sophomore seasons, she totalled 180 sets, 731 assists, 82 aces, 122 digs and 94 kills…averaged 4.1 assists per set during those two seasons…has played for Aspire Volleyball Club in Tempe, Ariz., since 2015…helped the team to numerous first place finishes, including the Arizona Regional Championships and Arizona National Qualifier…helped the team to a fifth place finish in the open division at the USA Volleyball Girls Nationals…many of her teammates from club have signed to play volleyball at Div. I institutions.
Volta quote: "McKenna is a setter capable of running a very good offense. She plays for a highly competitive club team, runs an up-tempo offense and distributes the ball well, setting a variety of different play sets. McKenna does a good job utilizing all of her attackers, and she also plays good defense."
Subbert, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Gilbert, Ariz., recently completed her fourth season on the varsity team at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz…played at both middle blocker and outside hitter for the Mountain Lions…has competed at least three years in four different sports, including volleyball, gymnastics, basketball and diving…earned all-state honors in volleyball…helped the 2016 Red Mountain volleyball squad to a 21-16 overall record, 9-1 in sections, and a state tournament appearance…averaged 2.9 kills per set to go along with a .353 hitting percentage during that junior season…became the school's second volleyball player in the last five years to sign a Div. I scholarship…was the team captain for this year's team and averaged 3.4 kills per set…played with fellow Sacramento State signee Claudia Wilson for Club One VBC…played outside hitter and middle blocker in club…helped Club One to Nationals in both 2016 and 2017.
Volta quote: "Kayla is a middle blocker who has a nice arm swing and has the potential to be very good offensively. She can play other front row positions, on the left or right side. She is also a very good blocker, is quietly competitive and I like her demeanor on the court."
Wilson, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Queen Creek, Ariz., is currently in her fourth season as a starter for the varsity team at Queen Creek High School…played at middle blocker her first three years, and moved to outside hitter this season…Wilson and the Queen Creek HS team will play for the state championship this evening when they face Sunnyslope High School…over the last two years, Queen Creek is a combined 57-28 overall and 14-2 in league, including two state tournament appearances and a regional championship…was a first team all-region selection a year ago…currently plays with her younger sister, Jada, who is a freshman and starting middle blocker for Queen Creek…has played for Club One VBC since the age of 12, and has helped the team to Nationals during her 15s, 16s and 17s season…was a six-rotation middle blocker until her 17s club season when she transitioned to a six-rotation outside hitter…was the team captain for her 16s squad…played alongside fellow Sacramento State signee Kayla Subbert on the 17s team…has volleyball in her bloodlines as her mother, Angie, played four years (1994-97) for Lewis-Clark State College…aunt, Lisa Beauchene, was one of the most prolific players in Sacramento State history where she was the 2003 Big Sky Conference MVP, a three-time Big Sky Tournament MVP and three-time unanimous first team all-league selection as a setter from 2000-03.
Volta quote: "Claudia is a six-rotation outside hitter and an exceptional blocker. She has very nice size for an outside hitter and will really help our attack. She passes well, plays good defense, and is solid in every aspect of the game."
Sacramento State (22-8, 13-1), which won the Big Sky's regular season championship last Saturday, will play its final two regular season games of the season tonight at Idaho State and Saturday at Weber State. Regardless of this week's outcomes, the Hornets will be the No. 1 seed for Big Sky Tournament and host the eight-team postseason event inside the Nest on Nov. 16-18. The winner of the three-day, single-elimination tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Sacramento State Signings
|McKenna Smith||S||Fr.||5-9||Gilbert, Ariz./Hamilton HS|
|Kayla Subbert||MB||Fr.||6-1||Gilbert, Ariz./Red Mountain HS|
|Claudia Wilson||OH||Fr.||6-2||Queen Creek, Ariz./Queen Creek HS|