Volleyball Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

Volleyball Announces 2018 Recruiting Class

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WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College Head Volleyball Coach Chris Duarte-McDermott revealed his 2018 recruiting class Monday, consisting of eight freshmen.

A year after earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in program history and posting an 18-10, 10-6 SCIAC record, the Purple & Gold look to make another deep run as they return four of six starters from a year ago. 

The incoming recruiting class welcomes in three outside hitters, two setters, a libero and two middle blockers.   

Franki Piloto (Outside Hitter)
Club: SoCal Juniors Volleyball Club
High School: Pomona Catholic

  • Senior Year – All-CIF, Inland Valley 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All-Camino Real League, Taquitz HS Tournament MVP, Pomona Catholic HS All Time Kill Leader, Pomona Catholic HS Athlete of the Year
  • Junior Year – All CIF, Inland Valley Honorable Mention, 1st Team All-Camino Real League, Azusa Tournament MVP, Sylmar HS Tournament MVP, Taquitz HS All-Tournament
  • Sophomore Year – 2nd Team All-Camino Real League
  • Freshman Year – 2nd Team All-Camino Real League

Kathea Schamblin (Outside Hitter)
Club: Bakersfield Volleyball Club
High School: Bakersfield Christian

  • Senior Year – 2nd Team All-Area, 1st Team All-Sequoia League, Clovis HS Tournament MVP, Clovis HS 1st Team All-Tournament, Bakersfield Christian Team MVP, Jockey Club Award Recipient
  • Junior Year – 1st Team All-Sequoia League, Clovis HS 1st Team All-Tournament, Bakersfield Christian Team MVP

Makayla Wright (Setter)
Club: Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club
High School: South Hills

  • Senior Year – SG Tribune All-Area 2nd Team, 1st Team All-Palomares League
  • Junior Year – 2nd Team All-Palomares League

Katelyn Popoff (Outside Hitter)
Club: SoCal United Volleyball Club
High School: Sonora

  • Senior Year – All-CIF, 1st Team All-Freeway League, CIF Finals
  • Junior Year – 2nd Team All-Freeway League
  • Sophomore Year – 2nd Team All-Freeway League

Madisen Diaz (Libero)
Club: SoCal Juniors Volleyball Club
High School: Bishop Amat            

  • Senior Year – All CIF, 1st Team All-Camino Real League

Amara Hill (Middle Blocker)
Club: Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club
High School: Colony

  • Senior Year- 2nd Team All-Mt. Baldy League
  • Junior Year – 2nd Team All-Mt. Baldy League

Sammie Sargent (Middle Blocker)

Club: City Beach Volleyball Club

High School: Woodside Priory

  • Senior Year – 2nd Team All-West Bay Athletic League
  • Junior Year – 1st Team All-West Bay Athletic League, NorCal Bach Championships Bronze Medal
  • Sophomore Year – 1st Team All-West Bay Athletic League
  • Freshman Year – 2nd Team All-West Bay Athletic League

Serena Alvarez (Setter)
Club: SoCal Juniors Volleyball Club
High School: La Serna

  • Junior Year – 2nd Team All-Del Rio League, La Serna HS Team MVP, Best Offensive Player
  • Freshman Year – Best offensive player