VOLLEYBALL SIGNS CSU BAKERSFIELD TRANSFER CHELCY MOTES
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Head volleyball coach Ruben Volta announced today that CSU Bakersfield middle blocker Chelcy Motes will transfer to Sacramento State, and have two years of eligibility remaining.
A six-foot middle blocker from Thatcher, Ariz., Motes will have the opportunity to compete for one of the vacated starting spots that were previously held by seniors Kelsey Elston and Maddison Thivierge.
Motes appeared in all 57 matches during her two seasons (2010, 2011) with CSU Bakersfield. As a sophomore in 2011, she was one of two Roadrunners to appear in all 26 matches and 92 sets while posting averages of 1.16 kills and 0.71 blocks per set. She hit .220 (107-50-259) and her total of 65 blocks was a team high. Motes had a season-best six blocks on three occasions during her sophomore season, and ranked fifth on the team in kills.
As a freshman, she was the only Bakersfield player to start all 31 matches, and led the team with 76 blocks (0.72 per set). She was named to the all-tournament team at the Fresno State Invitational and had a career-high eight blocks against Gonzaga.
“We really like Chelcy’s athleticism and she is a strong athlete with a fast arm,” Volta said. “I think she will provide us with some good offense, and we need that production in the middle.
“Chelcy will be a nice fit because of her collegiate experience. She isn’t coming in as a freshman who is new to the college game, so the adjustment of playing at a new school will be much easier.”
Motes prepped at Thatcher High School in Arizona where she was a two-time all-region selection after helping lead the Eagles to a combined 59-3 record during her final two seasons. That included a 2A state championship in 2008 before falling in the state final during her senior season of 2009. A four-year, three-sport athlete at Thatcher (basketball, track and field), Motes led the volleyball squad with 74 blocks as a senior and was named to the state championship all-tournament team in 2009. She was also named Thatcher’s Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Motes will be a graduate student at Sacramento State, and is on pace to earn her bachelor’s degree in English (minor in business) from CSU Bakersfield in June, just two months after her 20th birthday.
Motes will join a Sacramento State squad that finished the 2011 season with a 17-15 overall record and a third-place finishing 10-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets are losing five senior starters from that team, comprised of Elston and Thivierge, outside hitter Eryn Kirby, setter Anna Schoener and libero Breanne Menees.
Motes joins outside hitters Kiley Mansfield (New Mexico State), Lauren Aikels (Westview High School) and Sloan Lovett (Durango High School) as the four players that have signed with Sacramento State for the 2012 season. Mansfield signed in January while Lovett and Aikels were both signed in November.
Sacramento State Signings
||San Diego, Calif./Westview HS
||Durango, Colo./Durango HS
||Chico, Calif./New Mexico State
||Thatcher, Ariz./CSU Bakersfield