Norton, who was an All-
Oregon played against a favored
The national championship match will be televised on
Not since CdM's Prentice Perkins went from CIF champs to NCAA Final Four team while at
Prentice, who is now Prentice Lewis, has continued to recruit locally. Megan Munce, who played at Newport, finished her final season at TCU. Megan was an All-American setter in 2009 and at the midseason mark this year, she was second in the NCAA in aces per game. She holds the career assist record for the Horned Frogs.
Morgan Boukather, who was an All-CIF star at Corona del Mar High, was a major part of the rotation at opposite hitter for the
Former Newport Harbor standout Cinnamon Sary, who was All-CIF as a setter and as an outside hitter, was going to redshirt this year as a freshman at
Former Sailor setter Arielle Lysacek completed her senior season at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the program's career assist record holder.
Always a great passer, this move worked well for her.
Staying in the Ivy League, Kathryn Connor, who played at St Margaret's but lives in Newport, led Brown in digs as its starting libero. CdM's Amanda Nickel was second in kills per game also for Brown.
UC Santa Barbara started with local flavor with junior Katey Thompson, another former Sailor, at opposite and Britton Taylor as a freshman starting middle blocker.
Katey was an All-
Kasey Thompson, sister of Katey, had a very successful freshman season at
Torey Thompson, the setter of the Thompson volleyball family, is currently on a trip to Hawaii to decide if HPU fits in her future plans. Tristen Thompson who suffered a season-ending knee injury during this past season's Battle of the Bay, is working on her recovery and planning also to pursue a college volleyball career.
Mary McKennon out of Corona del Mar started as the libero for Cal all season. With the returning starter out with a season-ending injury, Mary used her athleticism and competitiveness to earn the starting job, where she performed very well all season.
Kelly Heenan, Newport Harbor, was an All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection at libero for Vanguard University, where she led the conference in digs.
Former Newport teammate, McKenzi Campbell, was a setter on the team at
Lauren Demos, also a member of the 2009 Newport Harbor State championship team, played as a starting middle blocker at UC San Diego this season. Fighting through injuries, Lauren continues to hit for a high percentage.
In the NCAA Final Four, there always seems to be an interesting twist at the event. The coaching staffs at Michigan, which lost to Texas, and Oregon are unique in that both have husbands and wives on the staff.
Michigan's Mark and Leisa Rosen have coached together for years, while Oregon Jim Moore and Stacy Metro, Jim's wife, are two extremely competitive coaches.
I wonder what those dinner discussions are about at those households.