2005 Season Archive

Volleyball signs outside hitter to NLI
CHICO - Chico State volleyball Coach Cody Hein announced the recent signing of Gillian Heydorff to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats this fall.

Heydorff, the 2005 Volleyball Athlete of the Year in the San Gabriel Valley, will enter Chico State as a freshman after completing her prep volleyball at LaSalle High School in Pasadena. She currently plays for Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club, where her team recently finished ninth out of 200 teams at the Volleyball Festival in Reno.

The six-foot, outside hitter was named First Team All-CIF Southern Section after her senior season and was a Second Team selection in 2003 and 2004. She is also a three-time First Team All-Sunshine League honoree.

"Gillian is a significant addition to our program and we feel very fortunate to land such a student-athlete this late in the process,” said Coach Hein.

Heydorff was recruited by several Division I programs and agreed last November to attend University of Portland. When that recently did not work out, Chico State jumped into the recruiting process in June and landed the talented prospect.

“We had set our goals high for the 2006 season. Gillian's arrival simply gives us an additional outstanding weapon to help achieve those goals,” said Hein.

Volleyball signs JC transfer to NLI
Head Chico State volleyball coach Cody Hein announced the signing of Breanne Zellmer to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.

Zellmer, a 5’10” opposite side hitter, is a two-time All-Conference player out of San Joaquin Delta Junior College in Stockton, where she was a member of the 2005 team that advanced to the JC State Finals. She attended Oakdale High School, played her club years with Delta Valley VBC, and was a First Team All-American at the Junior Olympics in 2003.

"Breanne is an experienced and smart player who will provide additional offense on the right side. She hits the line shot really well, which generally leads to positive offensive production," said Coach Hein.  "I actually tried to recruit Breanne out of high school. I've had my eye on her for a couple years."

Two Wildcat freshmen named to All-CCAA team
Lindsay Macias receives First Team honors
WALNUT CREEK - The freshman combo of outside hitter Lindsay Macias and setter Erica Brick received All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors by a recent vote of the league coaches. Macias led the CCAA with 4.34 kills per game, receiving First Team honors for her effort. Brick was third in the CCAA with 11.76 assists per game and was named Second Team.

Macias, from Irvine, is the first Chico State volleyball freshman to receive First Team All-Conference honors since Rachel Frausto did it in 1993 when the Wildcats were part of the Northern California Athletic Conference. Her 4.34 kills per game average is fifth on Chico State's all-time list and her 391 kills put her seventh on season list.

Brick's 11.76 assists per game puts her second on the Chico State season list, while her 1105 assists is the fourth best effort by a Chico State player. Brick is a native of Laguna Niguel and played club volleyball with Macias last year.

Promising young volleyball squad swept in season-ending trip but is still CCAA's most improved team
A very exciting season came to a disappointing end as the Chico State volleyball team was swept on the road by 12th-ranked Cal State L.A. and 21st-ranked Cal State Bakersfield over the weekend. The Wildcats finish the season 13-13 overall and 8-10 in the CCAA.

Chico State is the most improved team by record in the conference this season after turning around a 5–22 effort in 2004. Promising true freshmen Lindsay Macias and Erica Brick are two of the main reasons for that, but they aren't the only ones. There are only two seniors on this year's squad.

Saturday in Bakersfield, the Wildcats pushed the host Roadrunners early. But Bakersfield was simply too polished when it mattered most and won 30-26, 30-27, 30-19 to improve to 20-8 overall and 13-5 in the CCAA. Macias led Chico State with 12 kills, while Brick notched a team-best 14 digs.

Friday at Cal State L.A. (24-2, 16-2 CCAA), Chico State fell 30-20, 30-28, 30-19. Jaime Houle led the Wildcats with nine kills.

Wildcats win final home match with shut out
CHICO - Kelly Smiland recorded 15 kills and hit at a .560 pace to lead the Chico State volleyball team to a 3-0 win over CSU Monterey Bay in the Wildcats final home match of the season. Game scores were 30-26, 30-20 and 30-24.

It was the sixth time this season the Wildcats, who improve to13-11 overall and 8-8 in CCAA play, have shut out an opponent. The Otters drop to 12-16 overall, 4-13 in conference

In addition to Smiland's 15 kills she added eight digs and two service aces. Jamie Houle tallied four service aces and four blocks, while Erica Brick and Lacy Stringfellow led all players with 11 digs.

Two seniors playing in their final home match tonight got the start for the Wildcats. Becky Stutte recorded eight digs and Claire Holloway ended the match with four kills, four digs, and four blocks.

The Otters never got it together offensively, hitting just 0.35 with 27 kills and 23 errors in the match. Chico State recorded 48 kills and 21 errors, hitting at .221 clip.

Christine Ricketts and Brittany Etchings led Monterey Bay with seven kills each. Nicki Sanderson had nine digs and Ricketts added for blocks.

The Wildcats wrap up the season with a road trip to Southern California next weekend to take on two teams at the to of the CCAA standings, Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield.

Wildcat hitters shine in win over Sonoma State
CHICO - Four Wildcats recorded double-digit kills as the Chico State volleyball team beat Sonoma State for the second time this season, 3-1. Game scores were 24-30, 30-23, 30-19, 30-26. The crowd of 436 people was on its feet as Erica Brick served an ace to finish off the match.

With game four tied up 15-15 at the midway point, Chico jumped out to a 20-15 lead behind the serving of Lindsay Macias, but Sonoma tied the game at 23-23 and went ahead 25-23. Chico rallied back to take a 27-26 lead and won the final three points.

The win was an important one for Chico State (12-11, 7-8 CCAA), which is striving to finish above .500 for the season. Sonoma State drops to 10-15 overall, 4-12 in CCAA play.

Macias led the Wildcat offense, recording her team-high 10th double-double of the season with 15 kills and 11 digs. Kelly Smiland tallied her fourth double-double with 12 kills and 15 digs.

The Seawolves did a better job containing Jamie Houle, who in the last meeting between the teams notched a season-high 21 kills. She ended the match with 11 kills and five service aces. Whitney Johnson was responsible for 10 kills and hit at a .348 clip.

Brick assisted on 51 kills, making it the sixth time this season she has posted more than 50 assists in a match.

For Sonoma, Lindsay Webb was the only player with more than 10 kills, recording 14 in the match, but hit just .037 for the four games. Stephanie Dunn and Megan Moore split the setting duties, recording 13 and 15 assists, respectively.

The Wildcats wrap up their home season with a match against CSU Monterey Bay tomorrow night. Seniors Becky Stutte and Claire Holloway will be recognized before the 7:00 start.

Wildcats lose twice in Southern Cal
SOUTHERN CAL - The Chico State volleyball team faced two teams just above them in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings this weekend, but was unable to win either match. The Wildcats lost to Cal State San Bernardino 3-0 on Friday, then fell 3-1 to UC San Diego on Saturday.

Against San Bernardino (15-6, 9-4 CCAA), games scores were 30-17, 30-24, 30-23.

Freshman outside hitter Lindsay Macias, second in kills in the CCAA and ranked 26th in the nation, recorded a team-high 12 kills and nine digs, while libero Lacy Stringfellow led the team with 14 digs. Setter Erica Brick had a match-high 27 assists, along with 11 digs.

Chico State hit just .030 as a team in the match, compared to .323 by the Coyotes. Lisa Dogonyaro had 16 kills and 14 digs for CSUSB and Traci Weamer added 11 kills and 10 digs.

On Saturday, the Wildcats (11-11, 6-8 CCAA) played the No. 17 ranked UC San Diego Tritons (18-5, 10-4 CCAA) tough, winning game one 30-25, but dropped the next three, 33-31, 30-22, 30-22.

Four Wildcats recorded double-digit kills in the match. Macias (13 kills, 10 digs) and Melissa Page (11 kills, 13 digs) each notched double-doubles, while Whitney Johnson had 11 kills and Jamie Houle tallied 10. Brick was responsible for 48 of the team's 53 assists.

Nicole Courtney led UCSD with 27 kills and 15 digs and libero Laura Wtkins led all players with 23 digs.

Next up is the final home weekend for Chico State. The Wildcats host Sonoma State on Friday, Nov. 4 and CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

Wildcats sweep Warriors on the road
TURLOCK, Calif.—The Chico Sate volleyball team beat Cal State Stanislaus in three games (30-32, 23-30 and 19-30) in California Collegiate Athletic Association action at Warrior Arena Saturday night.

The Wildcats, who recorded their fifth sweep of the season, improve to 11-9, 6-6 in CCAA play, and currently sit in the middle of the conference standings. The Warriors drop to 4-13 overall, 1-11 in conference.

Kelly Smiland led the Wildcats with 11 kills, hitting at a .421 clip. Erica Brick recorded 29 assists and Amanda Zvolanek led all players with 10 digs.

Chico hit .233 as a team, including .367 in game three, compared to the Warriors .089 for the match.

The Wildcats travel to CSU San Bernardino and UC San Diego next weekend.

Wildcats put serious scare into unbeaten, 8th-ranked Pomona
The Chico State volleyball team took unbeaten and 8th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona to the decisive fifth game for just the fifth time this season before falling 30-20, 30-24, 21-30, 19-30, 15-7 in one of the most impressive efforts by a Wildcats squad in recent memory Saturday night at Acker Gymnasium. Chico State rallied to take games three and four behind 23 combined kills by Lindsay Macias and Jamie Houle, but a seasoned Pomona team took control of the fifth game early to claim the match and improve to 19-0 overall and 11-0 in the CCAA.

Chico State, now 10-9 overall and 5-6 in the CCAA, benefited from a great overall team effort. Macias (17), Houle (15), and Kelly Smiland (10) each registered double-figures in kills. Whitney Johnson, meanwhile, banged out nine kills to go along with a team-high seven blocks. Erica Brick dished out a match-high 45 assists. On the defensive side of things, Lacy Stringfellow dug 13 balls and Amanda Ley dug 10.

Kellie Francis paced Pomona with 17 kills. Breezie Jordan and Kiting Kolar shared match-high honors with 16 digs apiece. Allison Anderson, meanwhile, just missed a double-double with 11 blocks and nine kills.

Blocks, in fact, may have been the difference Saturday. The Broncos pounded down 18.5 blocks, compared to Chico State's 10. If blocks weren't the difference, Cal Poly Pomona's Anderson was. The 6-foot-1 senior middle blocker dominated the net in the fifth game with three kills and three blocks. She hit .500 in the game. Pomona hit .385 as a team, while Chico State hit minus-.235.

The Wildcats made it to that fifth game due in large part to Houle's heroics. The 6-foot junior middle blocker hit .500, hammered seven kills, and notched two service aces in the third game. She followed that up by hitting .500 with four kills and two more service aces in the fourth game. Houle finished with a match-high hitting percentage of .393 and seven aces.

Chico State is back in action next Saturday when it travels to take on Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock at 7 p.m. The Wildcats return home for their final two matches in Acker Gym Nov. 4-5 against Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay, respectively.

Wildcats ace Toros at home
Freshman Lindsay Macias recorded her team-high eighth double-double, 17 kills and 12 digs, to lead the Wildcats to a 3-0 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday night in Acker Gym. Game scores were 30-21, 30-21, 30-17.

Chico State tallied its third straight win to improve to 10-8 overall, 5-5 in CCAA play. Dominguez Hills drops to 5-13, 1-9 in conference.

The Wildcats never trailed the entire match, with Dominguez Hill’s best effort game in game one. The Toros kept the score tight, but Chico pulled away at 16-14 and ran off seven straight point to make it 23-14. Chico opened game two with an 8-0 run behind the serving of Kelly Smiland and never let the Toros get closer than eight points in the game. The ’Cats held a comfortable 17-3 lead in game three and although the Toros made a couple runs, they were unable to get back into the game.

Wildcat KeMacias led the Wildcat charge, hitting .394 in the process. Smiland had eight kills and Jamie Houle and setter Erica Brick added six apiece. Brick recorded 38 digs and libero Amanda Ley led all players with 16 digs.

For the Toros, Courtney Spainhour recorded nine kills and 12 digs and Amber Harder and Kayleigh Spratt shared the setting duties, tallying 13 and 11 assists, respectively. Libero Sylvia Bonilla led her team with 12 digs and Nicole Hoffman led all players with three blocks.

Chico State hosts first-place Cal Poly Pomona tomorrow night at 7:00. Dominguez Hills travels to Cal State Stanislaus.

Volleyball wins pair to get back over .500
Macias and Houle dominate in wins over Monterey Bay, Sonoma
The Chico State volleyball team rebounded from a brutal stretch in the schedule in which it lost four in a row with wins at Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State over the weekend. The Wildcats defeated host Monterey Bay 25-30, 23-30, 30-17, 30-26, 16-14 Friday night. Saturday, they defeated Sonoma State 30-25, 26-30, 30-14, 31-29.

Lindsay Macias finished the weekend with 49 kills, while Jamie Houle pounded out 40 as the Wildcats improved to 9-8 overall and 4-5 in the CCAA.

Friday at Monterey Bay, the Wildcats had to fight back from two games down to earn the much-needed victory. Macias pounded out 29 kills and earned a double-double with 10 digs. Houle chipped in 19 kills, and Kelly Smiland notched 10 to go along with her 11 digs. Amanda Ley's 16 digs were a match-high, as were Erica Brick's 53 assists.

At Sonoma State on Saturday, Brick tallied match highs in digs with 18 and assists with 49. Meanwhile, Houle hit .545 on the way to a season-high 21 kills. Macias and Smiland added 20 and 11 kills, respectively. Smiland also had 14 digs.

Chico State is back in action Friday when it hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills at 7 p.m.

Wildcats shake things up in game three, but lose to Cal State L.A.
CHICO, Calif. - After dropping the first two games of the match 30-18 and 30-15, the Chico State volleyball team started five different players in game three and stunned Cal State L.A. winning the game 30-17. But the No. 17 ranked Golden Eagles came back to win game four, 30-26, for the match.

The loss puts the Wildcats (7-8, 2-5 CCAA) at under .500 for the first time this season, while Cal State L.A. improves to 14-1, 6-1 in CCAA play.

The Golden Eagles dominated the first two games, never trailing and hitting .469 in both contests, but in game three, Wildcat coach Cody Hein brought in Claire Holloway, Megan Cape, Lisa Bachtold, and Ruth Testman to work with setter Erica Brick and the combination paid off.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-3 lead, worked it to a 10-point lead at 21-11 and the eventual 30-17 win. Bachtold had six kills in game three and Testman and Holloway each added four kills as the Wildcats hit at a .318 clip.

Testman, Bachtold, and Lindsay Macias ended the match with seven kills each and the setter, Brick, had a team-high eight digs and 45 assists.

For L.A. Luana Cavalcanti and Melissa Zapiain each recorded double-doubles, 19 kills and 10 digs for Cavalcanti and 11 kills and 11 digs for Zapiain. Tiare Tuitama ended the match with 48 assists.

Chico State travels to Monterey Bay and Sonoma State next weekend for more CCAA action.

Chico State falls to Bakersfield at home
CHICO, Calif. – Morgan Reed and Jodi Hardin banged out 22 kills apiece as the Cal State Bakersfield volleyball team beat host Chico State 30-28, 30-32, 30-26, 30-19 Friday night at Acker Gym.

Chico State had its chances to upset the Roadrunners, who improved to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA. The Wildcats led the opening game 25-20 before dropping 10 of the final 13 points. Chico State also held a 26-25 lead in the crucial third game before Melissa Myers’ kill tied the game and Misty McNaughton served out the final four points. The Wildcats fell to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the CCAA.

Jamie Houle hit .423 and joined Lindsay Macias for team-high honors with 13 kills. Houle also had five blocks, along with Whitney Johnson. Lacy Stringfellow led the Wildcats with 16 digs, while Macias tallied 15. Kelly Smiland registered a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs.

Chico State is back in action Saturday when it hosts 17th-ranked Cal State L.A. at 3 p.m.

No. 2 Coyotes nip Wildcats
CHICO, Calif. – Visiting Cal State San Bernardino, the 2nd-ranked team in the nation, swept the Chico State volleyball team 30-25, 30-25, 30-25 Saturday afternoon at Acker Gym.

The Coyotes played solid defense, registering nine blocks and limiting the Wildcats to a .110 hitting percentage, to improve to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the CCAA.

Chico State fell to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the CCAA. Nevertheless, the Wildcats registered 56 digs to stay within striking distance in all three games. Lindsay Macias led the way with 14 digs, while fellow freshman Erica Brick chipped in 10. Macias and Megan Cape led Chico State with nine kills apiece.

Amy Long finished with a match-high 13 kills and hit .455 for the visiting Coyotes. Jessica Nelthorpe added 11 kills. Cal State San Bernardino has now won nine straight matches, the last four via three-game sweeps.

Wildcats take opening game from No. 11 UC San Diego
CHICO, Calif. – An up-and-coming Chico State volleyball team put a scare into 11th-ranked UC San Diego Friday night, but the Tritons responded well with a 17-30, 30-21, 30-26, 30-22 victory Friday night at Acker Gymnasium.

The Wildcats dominated the first game, to the delight of 503 fans. However, led by Nicole Courtney’s 20 kills and 13 digs, UC San Diego earned the victory.

The Tritons improved to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA with the victory. Chico State dipped to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA.

Lindsay Macias led the Wildcats with 11 kills, and also chipped in 11 digs. Whitney Johnson notched 10 kills and four blocks. Meanwhile, freshman setter Erica Brick led all Wildcats with 12 digs to go along with her 34 assists.

Brianna Koche finished with 12 kills for the Tritons. Laura Watkins notched a match-best 22 digs.

Chico State is back in action Saturday when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino, ranked No. 2 in the nation, at 1:00.

Wildcats win home opener
CHICO – The Chico State volleyball team played in front of the home fans for the first time in 2005 Saturday night, and the Wildcats made quite an impression. Led by true freshmen Lindsay Macias, Megan Cape, and Erica Brick, Chico State defeated visiting Cal State Stanislaus 30-10, 22-30, 30-21, 30-27.

Macias led all players with 16 kills, Cape added 12, and Brick dished out 46 assists to go along with her seven kills. Chico State improved to 2-1 in CCAA action and 7-4 overall. Cal State Stanislaus dipped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats hit .346 in the first game while holding Stanislaus to minus-.250 in a dominant effort. In the crucial third game, Chico State hit .536. For the match, the Wildcats outhit Cal State Stanislaus .260 to .067.

Abbey Ranzau led Chico State’s balanced defensive effort with seven digs. Brick and Becky Stutte notched six digs apiece.

Kelli Costello led Cal State Stanislaus with 12 kills and Liz Sloan banged out 11. Melissa Nickas tallied a game-high eight digs.

Chico State is home again to face UC San Diego Friday night at 7 p.m. and Cal State San Bernardino Saturday at 1 p.m.

Volleyball splits opening CCAA weekend
SOUTHERN CAL - The Chico State volleyball team opened conference action with a split over the weekend. The Wildcats fell to unbeaten Cal Poly Pomona 30-23, 31-29, 23-30, 30-26 Friday before rebounding with a 30-26, 30-19, 30-22 sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday.

The Wildcats improved to 6-4 on the season despite 10 straight road matches. They play their home opener Saturday night at 7 o'clock against Cal State Stanislaus

In Saturday's victory, freshman Lindsay Macias pounded out 19 kills and hit .471 to pace the offense. Megan Cape added 10 kills and Jamie Houle notched eight, as the Wildcats hit .301 as a team. Erica Brick dished out 50 assists. Chico State tallied 47 digs, led by Lacy Stringfellow's 14 and Cape's 10. Whitney Johnson led the team with four blocks.

On Friday, the Wildcats faced a tough challenge against Cal Poly Pomona, which is undefeated this season and off to its best start ever. Although Chico State lost the match 3-1, they forced game two into extra points and won game three. Chico's defense was again strong, limiting the Broncos to a .197 hitting percentage thanks to 58 digs.

Stringfellow led the Wildcats with 16 digs and Brick chipped in 13 to go along with her match-high 44 assists. Macias and Kelly Smiland led the offense with 16 kills apiece.

Volleyball team sweeps Alaska Fairbanks for fifth win of year
SEATTLE – In just their eighth match of the season, the Chico State volleyball team equaled its win total from 2004 with a three-game sweep of Alasksa Anchorage in their final contest at the Emerald City Classic Saturday night.

Chico State opened the day with a 30-25, 30-24, 30-26 loss to Western Washington, but bounced back to defeat Alaksa Fairbanks 30-22, 30-28, 30-20. True freshman Lindsay Macias continued her torrent start with 14 kills en route to the Wildcats' victory. Whitney Johnson chipped in 11 kills.

Behind Macias' .440 hitting percentage, the Wildcats outhit Alaska Fairbanks .265 to .073.

Chico State, which finished 5-22 last season, will open CCAA action next weekend at Cal Poly Pomona and Dominguez Hills before opening up its 2005 home schedule Sept. 17 against Cal State Stanislaus.

Volleyball loses first match of weekend tournament
SEATTLE - The Chico State volleyball team fell 3-0 to host Seattle Pacific in the opening match of the Emerald City Classic today at Brougham Pavilion. Game scores were 34-32, 30-23, 30-17.

The Wildcats dropped to 3-2 on the season, while Seattle Pacific improved to 4-1.

Whitney Johnson led the Wildcats with 12 kills, but the team hit just .106 compared to .339 by SPU. Lacy Stringfellow had 10 digs, Erica Brick recorded 27 assists and Jamie Houle led all players with four blocks.

Volleyball starts off season 3-1 at Monterey Tournament
Macias and Stringfellow named to All-Tournament team
The Chico State volleyball is on the winning track, coming out on top of three of four matches over the weekend at the Sea Otter Classic in Seaside, Calif.

Chico opened the tournament beating host Monterey Bay in five games (32-30, 30-26, 22-30, 28-30, 19-17). Freshman Lindsay Macias was the big hitter for the 'Cats recording 23 kills and recording 18 digs. Jamie Houle added 15 kills and six blocks. Freshman Erica Brick did the setting with 54 assists.

Chico's only loss of the tournament came in the late game on Friday when they fell to Vanguard University 3-1 (33-31, 28-30, 29-31, 28-30). Macias hit at a .362 clip, tallying 28 kills and 13 digs. Libero Lacy Stringfellow led the squad with 16 digs.

The Wildcats came back on Saturday to blank Charleston 3-0 (30-22, 30-16, 30-22). Macias recorded 20 kills, hitting at just under .400. Brick had 43 assists and Stringfellow led all players with 17 digs.

In the 'Cats final match of the tournament, they beat Humboldt State 3-1 (33-31, 33-31, 27-30, 30-25). Freshman Megan Cape had 15 kills and led the team with 19 digs. Houle finished with 12 kills and Samantha Davis recorded 10. Macias, who played in just two games, recorded 15 kills for a total of 86 in the four matches, and was named to the All-Tournament Team, as was Stringfellow.

Houle ended the tournament with 43 kills and Whitney Johnson finished with 32. Brick tallied 205 assists (12.81 per game).

The Wildcats travel to a tournament in Seattle next weekend for a final tune-up before conference play begins.

Volleyball signs four for 2005 season
The Chico State volleyball team announced the signings of four freshman players to National Letters of Intent to join the Wildcats for the 2005 fall season.

Erica Brick, a four-year setter for Aliso Niguel High School, was named All- Sea View League for four seasons and currently sets for the traditionally strong Laguna Beach Volleyball Club. Current Chico State players Lacy Stringfellow and Lindsay Macias also were members of that club team.

“Erica was the top setter on our recruiting list,” said Wildcat head coach Cody Hein. “We'll be a significantly deeper, stronger, and more versatile team with Erica here.”

Abbey Ranzau was named MVP as an outside hitter at Sonoma High School last year, but her solid ball control and variety of effective serves will move her to a back row position with the Wildcats.

“When my assistant Julie Allen and I talked about what we needed in our recruits, it kept coming back to passion for the game,” said Hein. “When Abbey came on her trip here she clearly demonstrated that energetic and passion we are looking for.”

Lisa Bachtold, an opposite side hitter from Northgate High School earned First-Team All-Conference and led her team to the Nor-Cal Semifinals. Bachtold, from Walnut Creek is a four-time North Coast Scholar Athlete.

“Lisa makes us stronger on the right side with her solid blocking, effective line hitting and ability to run the 'X',” said Hein. “If our middles are effective as I believe they will be, Lisa has an opportunity to shine in her career as a Wildcat.”

Kelly Similand is a First-Team All-CIF Southern Section Division IV selection and league MVP from Flintridge Prep Academy in Pasadena. The outside hitter led her team to the CIF Southern Section Division IV finals last season and was named the 2004 San Gabriel Star News Player of the Year.

“We're loading up on young outside hitters who can pass, play tenacious defense, block the slide well and terminate the ball when we need it,” said Hein. “Kelly fits this mold and we anticipate her succeeding at this level of play.”