Looking to continue the program's positive momentum and progress, Stanislaus State volleyball third-year head coach Mallori Gibson-Rossi introduced a very talented recruiting class of 2017.
Ten new Warriors will join the team late summer to begin play this fall as Stanislaus State seeks to return to the CCAA tournament for the third straight year.
The incoming class features two of the top local standouts, including a Turlock and Pitman high graduate, a dominate All-State star from Las Vegas, an All-Region setter and two of the best defensive specialists in their respective areas, as well as a mixture of solid talents.
"I am very pleased with our 2017 recruiting class of 10 wonderful student-athletes. We will have a lot of new faces, but the talent and passion will make for another exciting year as we continue to elevate the level of play in our program," said Gibson-Ross. "We are bringing in players in every position and several of them will be seeing the court immediately. I am most excited that every student-athlete on our roster, returners and newcomers, take pride in demonstrating great character, being supportive teammates and having the drive to compete on a daily basis."
Statistically, junior college transfer Jordan Tilley is one of the top recruits in this class. Tilly, a first team All-Region setter from Yavapai College in Arizona, amassed 830 assists with 237 digs and 52 kills in 28 matches.
Tilley joins All-Conference middle hitter Alana Wilson-Reid and outside hitter Sierra Adams as the three transfer to Stanislaus State.
At Grossmont College, Wilson-Reid was an All-Conference star while leading her team to a 2016 State Championship in sand volleyball. On the hard courts, Grossmont finished third in the state tournament. Adams returns to the West Coast after a year at Maryland Eastern Shore. She was a three-time All-League outside hitter at Olympic High School in Silverdale, Wash.
Also joining the volleyball program is Breanna Cannon, a setter/defensive specialist from Phoenix, Ariz. The team captain had 262 assists and 120 digs at Pinnacle High School.
Among the top recruits from the freshmen group is Turlock native Yisel Perez, a league MVP from Pitman High School. The outside hitter had .320 percentage with 320 kills, 45 blocks and 60 digs during her senior season while leading the Pride to a third consecutive sectional championship. Another local product becoming a Warrior is Turlock High's Sophie Bigler, a second-team All-League middle blocker. Bigler led the Bulldogs to its first sectional tournament appearance in 2016.
The incoming rookie with the highest accolades and humongous numbers is Las Vegas's Rachel Klopfer. Klopfer, an outside hitter, earned All-State honors after putting away 415 kills (fifth in the state) with a .275 hitting percentage. She also tallied 38 blocks, 261 digs and 50 service aces as a senior.
Rounding out the incoming class on offense is 2015 second team All-League outside hitter Mya Marshall from Temecula's Great Oak High School.
Two freshmen will look to beef-up the Stan State defense in the back row. This group includes All-Section defensive specialist Kaitlyn Iwamoto and All-Area libero Chelsey Eddy Berry.
Iwamoto was the MVP of her league at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights after posting 374 digs (5.8 per set) her senior season. Eddy Berry, a two-time All-Area selection from Tracy, led the league with 238 digs while serving 68 aces in 2016.