When September rolls around, it is always interesting to see how local girls' volleyball players are doing as they extend their playing days in college.
Whether they play one season or all four years, it is a special time in their lives.
Newport Harbor's Maddy Brown and Corona del Mar's Megan Griffin are finding some playing time at
Prentice Perkins Lewis, who was a former All-CIF soccer and volleyball player at CdM in the late 1980s coaches the Horned Frogs. TCU is currently undefeated with two tournament championships. Munce was all-tournament in both events.
Sarah Buckingham, out of Newport Harbor, has started her freshman season at
Newport's Lauren Demos is making a similar impact at
CdM's Morgan Boukather is at
Another former Sea King, Claire Ham, is on the roster at Auburn. She is struggling with injuries and has not seen any action yet.
Local resident Kathryn Connor (Santa Margarita) is enjoying a very productive freshman season at Brown and has started every match.
CdM's Amanda Nickel is an opposite for the Bears and has had some outstanding games.
One of the most unfortunate events happened at Brown last season when Newport's Carly Cotton's career ended when she suffered a severe concussion by an errant serve in warm-ups. Carly had been the starting libero. She is currently a student at Brown, but cannot play. Always high energy, she will channel that energy into other areas.
At Princeton, CdM's Sydney Brombal starts as an outside hitter. Princeton's new coach is Sabrina King, who attended Harbor Day School before her outstanding college career at Princeton.
Newport's Jennifer Palmquist is on the roster. She had dislocated her knee, but is practicing again.
Newport's Kirby Burnham has earned the starting outside position at nationally ranked
Newport's Katey Thompson is playing both middle blocker and opposite at UC Santa Barbara, while MacKenzi Campbell has transferred from Montana State to
At Vanguard, Kelly's sister, Jamie Heenan is the starting outside hitter for the fourth year. She leads the team in hitting, serving and passing.
Another former Sailor, Ari Lysacek, is the starting setter for the third year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Newport's Alice Cope is playing at Cornell. Alice has played both in the middle and opposite for her three seasons.
CdM's Kara Chatham is in her senior season at Villanova, where she is a starting back-row player.
Alex Penewell, who played at Newport, transferred after two seasons at Colorado and currently leads Montana State in hitting percentage and in blocks.
It is a reward for these young athletes, who have worked so hard, to play in college.