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VOLLEYBALL SIGNS SILVER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL OUTSIDE HITTER CAITLIN VOLKMANN

VOLLEYBALL SIGNS SILVER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL OUTSIDE HITTER CAITLIN VOLKMANN

SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State 12th year head volleyball coach Ruben Volta announced the signing of Silver Creek High School outside hitter Caitlin Volkmann to a National Letter of Intent, and she will enroll at the University as a freshman next fall.

Volkmann, a six-foot outside hitter, was a four-year member of the varsity squad at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colo., including each of her final three seasons as a starter.

Volkmann will likely garner all-league accolades after recently completing a senior season in which she totaled 413 kills (5.7 per set) to go along with a .320 hitting percentage. She helped the Raptors to a 19-6 overall record, and a perfect 14-0 mark in the Northern 4A League. The team's season came to an end last Saturday.

The Longmont, Colo., native was a second team all-state selection and first team all-league choice as a junior after leading the state of Colorado with 552 kills (6.4 per set) to go along with a .348 hitting percentage. During that season, she broke the school single-match record with 35 kills against Ponderosa High School in the state tournament.

She was also named honorable mention all-league as a sophomore after fishing with 275 kills, and an average of 3.7 per set. In addition, Volkmann was named academic all-state during each of her first three years of high school, and will likely garner a fourth award upon completion of her senior year.

Over her final three years, she combined to record 1,224 kills, 122 aces, 435 digs and 147 blocks.

Volkmann played two years of club for the NORCO Volleyball Club in Windsor, Colo.

"I like Caitlin's ability to attack - she plays the left side and can also be used on the right," Volta said. "I can see her playing the same role for us and being a very good pin attacker. We also forsee her developing into a six-rotation player and passing on serve receive."

Sacramento State (13-14, 8-6 Big Sky Conference) is currently in a tie for fourth place in the Big Sky standings, but just one game out of second place. The Hornets play their final two home matches of the regular season on Thursday vs. Weber State at 7 p.m., and Saturday vs. Idaho State at 7 p.m. Only four matches are left in the regular season before the Hornets host the Big Sky Tournament on Nov. 28-30.