LA VERNE, Calif. — The University of La Verne volleyball team announced the addition of nine newcomers on Tuesday.
The list of incoming recruits for the 2015 season include:
- Lauren Bonaldo, S – Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos)
- Teagan Griffiths, DS/L – Oceanside, Calif. (Vista)
- Madison Hickey, S – Canyon Lake, Calif. (Elsinore)
- Delaney Lynch, OH – Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)
- Danielle Ridewood, S – San Antonio, Texas (TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas)
- Kristen Sanchez, DS/L – Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)
- Kelsie Sievers, MB – Apple Valley, Calif. (Granite Hills)
- Katelyn Winiecki, MB – San Dimas, Calif. (San Dimas)
- Sarah Yauchzee, DS/L – San Dimas, Calif. (Bonita)
Class of 2015 Profiles
Lauren BonaldoSetter 5-9 • Fr. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos)
Why La Verne? I chose La Verne because I love the close community feel; it's a great academic school; I wanted to stay close to home; and I love the volleyball team and program!
Achievements: Earned three varsity letters at Los Osos High School ... named a Scholar Athlete all four years ... memeber of California Scholarship Federation ... made High Honor Roll all four years ... graduated Cum Laude
Teagan GriffithsDefensive Specialist/Libero 5-4 • Fr. Oceansice, Calif. (Vista)
Why La Verne? As someone who wanted to stay in Southern California, I chose La Verne because when I visited the school I loved the campus, the coach and the girls. Plus we have a legal program and that's what I plan on majoring in while ultimately continuing into law school.
Achievements: Two-year letterwinner in volleyball ... also lettered three years in track and field ... named varsity Rookie Runner of the Year ... won the bronze medal in Junior Olympics (volleyball) ... led team to CIF quarterfinals
Madison HickeySetter 5-8 • Fr. Canyon Lake, Calif. (Elsinore)
Why La Verne? I chose La Verne because I wanted to play volleyball and our volleyball program is amazing! The campus is also beautiful and it looked like the perfect fit for me socially and academically.
Achievements: Selected to First Team All-League and Second Team All-Valley ... part of a team that made it to state championships ... two-time All-Academic student-athlete
Delaney LynchOutside Hitter 5-8 • Fr. Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)
Why La Verne: I chose La Verne because I connected with all the girls on the team. I also wanted to stay close to home and I was so lucky that I loved the campus as well.
Achievements: Earned two varsity letters at Vista Murrieta High School ... made honor roll
Danielle RidewoodSetter 6-0 • Fr. San Antonio, Texas (TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas)
Why La Verne? I choose to attend La Verne because I wanted to play volleyball while still getting a great education. I also really enjoyed the area when I visited.
Achievements: Named First Team All-District her freshman and senior years ... tabbed Second Team All District as a junior ... named Honorable Mention All-District as a sophomore ... named Honorable Mention All-State as a senior
Kristen SanchezDefensive Specialist/Libero 5-3 • Fr. Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)
Why La Verne? I chose La Verne because I wanted to be a part of the volleyball program and loved the team and coaches! The school is the perfect size and the location is great because it's close to home.
Achievements: Three-year varsity letterman (as libero) ... two-year team captain ... recipient of CIF State's "Pursuing Victory with Honor Sportsmanship Award" in 2014 ... All-CIF Southern Section First Team in 2014 ... First Team All-Mt. Baldy League in 2014 ... First Team All-Baseline League in 2013 ... First Team Inland Valley All Area Girls Volleyball in 2014 ... The Sun All Area Girls Volleyball Second Team in 2014 ... All Tournament Team Crescenta Valley Varsity Tournament in 2013 and 2014 ... All Tournament Team Saugus/Lava Varsity Tournament in 2014 ... won Best Defensive Player Award three years in a row ... made Principal's Honor Roll ... member of California Scholarship Federation
Kelsie SieversMiddle Blocker 6-0 • Fr. Apple Valley, Calif. (Granite Hills)
Why La Verne? I chose La Verne for multiple reasons. First and foremost, I was given the chance to play volleyball for this very spirited team, which has always been my dream. Secondly, I had heard wonderful things about the biology department.
Achievements: Two-year letterwinner at Granite Hills High School ... also lettered in water polo ... named Team MVP in volleyball and water polo her senior year ... served as a captain of the volleyball team and the water polo team ... named the Most Inspirational Player as a senior ... ranked top-10 in GPA ... made Principal's Honor Roll
Katelyn WinieckiMiddle Blocker 5-10 • Fr. San Dimas, Calif. (San Dimas)
Why La Verne? I chose La Verne for the variety of majors to study, which included all that I had in mind, as well as the outstanding community on campus. Everyone is so welcoming towards you and genuinely encouraging toward your success in the future. I also heard so many amazing things about La Verne's volleyball program and wanted to be a part of it!
Achievements: Won Coach's Award in 2011 ... selected to First Team All-League in 2012, 2013 and 2014 ... named Third Team All-Area in 2013 ... named Team MVP in 2013 ... received Top Saint Award ... Scholar Athlete (2013-2015) ... nominated for Foothill Cirrus Athletic Directors Association Scholar Athlete
Sarah YauchzeeDefensive Specialist/Libero 5-3 • Fr. San Dimas, Calif. (Bonita)
Why La Verne? I chose La Verne because the team seemed like a true family that would be competitive and supportive. La Verne's beautiful campus and small class sizes also appealed to me.
Achievements: Named a Scholar Athlete ... tabbed Academic All-League ... selected to Second Team All-League ... received AP awards