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College Roundup: Cal Poly signs five high school volleyball players

Cal Poly volleyball head coach Sam Crosson on Wednesday announced the signing of five high school players to National Letters of Intent to play collegiately for the Mustangs.

The five who signed with Cal Poly are Casey Carroll from Los Altos, Raeann Griesen of of San Diego, Savannah Nieman of Lake Forest, and Caihla Petiprin and Hannah Mathiesen, both of Carlsbad.

Carroll, a 6-foot-1 opposite, comes to the Mustangs from Homestead High and the Vision Volleyball Club. She is a four time all-league selection and three-time team captain who recently led her team to the league title. She will also be on the varsity basketball team for the fourth straight season.

Griesen, a 6-2 outside hitter from Bishop High and Coast Volleyball Club, was named to the all-San Diego Section team in 2012 and was a first team CIF-Southern Section Division 4 all-star. She also has enjoyed tremendous team success with her club team.

Mathiesen, another 6-2 outside hitter from Santa Fe Christian High in Solana Beach, was a three-year varsity starter and team captain this season. She helped her team to a runner-up finish in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs last season and has been a second team San Diego Section Division 4 all-star.

Niemen, a 6-1 middle blocker from Los Alamitos High and the T-Street Volleyball Club, has led her team to a No. 6 state ranking this season and a No. 35 national ranking, and led her team to undefeated league seasons last year and this year. She also led her club team to a bronze medal finish in the 2013 Junior Olympics in Dallas.

Petiprin, another 6-1 middle blocker, comes from Carlsbad High and the Coast Volleyball Club. She was a first team all-league player last year and this year and led her team in blocks, kill percentage and kill efficiency both seasons.

Moorpark 3, Cuesta 0

The Cougars (14-9, 7-5 Western State Conference) lost 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 at home in their regular-season finale.

Whitney Meyer led Cuesta with 11 kills and added 11 digs. Riley Cooks added nine kills and a team-high 15 digs. 

Blake O’Brien logged 21 assists for the Cougars. 

Cuesta served for the first game at 24-21, but went on to lose the next five points and then the match.

Cuesta finished in third place in conference for the sixth consecutive year. The Cougars are on the bubble for a playoff berth. 


Mustangs sign English player

Third-year Cal Poly coach Damon Coupe on Wednesday announced the signing of Molly Reed of Sheffield, England, to a National Letter of Intent.

Reed is ranked fourth nationally in England at the U-18 level and is the No. 51 overall player in the country. She was a quarterfinalist in the 2013 U-18 National Tour Finals championship and owns two singles winners in her career over top 400 ITF-ranked players.