The Cal Poly volleyball team announced Monday the addition of two outside hitters and a middle blocker to its roster for the upcoming season.
Incoming freshmen Adlee Van Winden and Jillian Desmond along with sophomore transfer Alexis Clewis will join Mustangs fourth-year head coach Sam Crosson and the rest of the team this season.
Clewis, who took a redshirt last season at Gonzaga, was selected as a first team all-Foothill Conference player three years in a row during her time at West Ranch High.
A Cal Poly legacy continues with Van Winden, the 78th-ranked player on PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces list. Her mother, Kelly, played volleyball for the Mustangs and her father, Jim, played basketball. The latest Van Winden to come to the Central Coast starred for Vintage High in Napa Valley.
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Hailing from Regis Jesuit High in Colorado, Desmond will be expected to clog the middle and add depth to the Mustang’s front line. Desmond was Regis Jesuit's offensive MVP last season and earned academic all-league distinction for two consecutive years.
"Each of these recruits brings with them the on-court tenacity, work ethic, and dedication to master their craft along with being great individuals," Crosson said in a news release. "They also possess the characteristics and intangibles that will result in a positive addition to the culture of our program."
The Mustangs begin the season at the San Jose State Invitational on Aug. 28.