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Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Adds Three Highly Touted Transfers

Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Adds Three Highly Touted Transfers

SAN LUIS OBISPO— The Cal Poly beach volleyball program opens its 2018 season on Feb. 23 in Phoenix, Ariz. and will be doing so with some new faces.

The Mustangs will welcome three new players in particular who transferred to Cal Poly during the winter quarter; Tia Miric, Tessa Tooman and Jamie Stivers.

Miric is a transfer from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Originally from Toronto, Tia is a highly decorated beach player. She helped Canada win its first-ever U-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in 2014, winning tournament MVP. She has also been a three-time provincial champion, a three-time national champion, two-time provincial silver medalist and two-time provincial bronze medalist.  As an indoor volleyball player, Miric has been a two-time Ontario champion, earned two consecutive Provincial All-Star Awards and two Canadian National All-Star Awards.

Tooman is a junior transfer from Santa Monica College where she competed for the school's beach volleyball team as the team's #1 seed and captain. Prior to that she competed for San Diego Beach Volleyball Club, which was the number one ranked beach club team in the nation. In 2016, she finished fifth place in the nation in the BVCA with her playing partner. She attended La Jolla High School where she was the #1 seed for the school's beach volleyball club. Tessa already had ties to Cal Poly before stepping on campus. She has a brother and two cousins who are all Mustang alumni.

Stivers is a transfer from Duke who will play for both the Mustang beach and indoor volleyball team. In her one season at Duke, she played on the school's indoor team where she started 18 of the team's 30 matches, finishing second on the team in aces and fifth in kills and had the highest reception percentage on the team. Jamie is originally from Coppell, Texas where she was a High School All-American and Under Armour All-America honorable mention while at Coppell High School. While in high school, she was selected to participate with USA Volleyball High Performance Sand program from 2012-15 at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, placed second at the U18 NVL World Junior Championships and third at the U17 USAV High Performance Championships. She was also a U16 Jr. Beach National Champion. Also a strong performer in the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society, two-time Academic All-District and 2015 Academic All-State.

All three will be looked upon to contribute to the success of this year's team. Your first chance to see them play in person will be March 17 when the Mustangs host both TCU and Arizona in Pismo Beach.