High School Sports

Templeton High boys volleyball standout Cherry signs with UC Santa Barbara

Templeton High boys volleyball player Henri Cherry signed his National Letter of Intent with UC Santa Barbara on Monday, the Gauchos confirmed.

Cherry, a 6-foot-6 middle blocker and opposite, led the Eagles (23-4, 8-0 Los Padres League) with 302 kills and a hitting percentage of 52.7 last season.

He tied his season high with 21 kills against El Rancho in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.

Cherry also had 74 aces and 43 blocks last season.

Cherry said by phone Monday he received a 40 percent scholarship from the Guachos.

UCSB confirmed by email he’ll be playing with the team next year.

UCSB has worked hard on timing his hits and preparing for hitting over taller players at the collegiate level. Cherry has a 36-inch vertical and wants to increase that to 40 inches.

“I really liked the coaches, the school, the team, the location,” Cherry said. “It’s a young group of guys. … I visited the school three times and got to know some of the guys.”

Cherry said he was contacted by Stanford, Princeton and UC San Diego before choosing the Guachos.

Templeton’s first year of varsity volleyball as a school was Cherry’s sophomore season, when the team went 7-15 before the 23-4 turnaround last season.

“I think we can go undefeated in the Los Padres League again this year,” Cherry said.