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Cal Poly Volleyball Signs Three Recruits for 2018

Cal Poly Volleyball Signs Three Recruits for 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO— The Cal Poly volleyball team announced the signing of three high school recruits to National Letters of Intent.

The announcement was made by head coach Sam Crosson and the Cal Poly Athletic Department.

The signees include a middle blocker (Meredith Phillips, Houston, TX, Memorial HS), libero (Lea Ungar, Manhattan Beach, CA, Mira Costa HS) and setter (Avalon DeNecochea, San Diego, CA, University City HS).

More about the signees:

Meredith Phillips
Middle blocker
Houston, TX

A four-year varsity starter for Memorial High School, Meredith helped lead her team to three straight district championships. She broke the school record for blocks in a season with 196. She was named to her division's All-State Team in 2016. She also won her district's Outstanding Blocker award for 2016. Academically, she has been all-district academic all four years of high school and a member of the National Honor Society for 2017-2018. Meredith's family already had ties to Cal Poly. Her Uncle, Ryan Hudock played football for the Mustangs from 1993-1995.

Head coach Sam Crosson comment: "Meredith is a tremendous person who knows how to be great in both the classroom and on the court.  As a middle blocker she possesses the height and quickness at the net to be an effective attacker, specifically behind the setter, she has good vision at the net as a blocker, and she is willing to work hard in transition to be an available attacker.  Meredith will add to our height and athleticism at the net and will be a great addition to our program."

Lea Ungar
Manhattan Beach, CA

A three-year varsity starter at Mira Costa High School, Lea was part of two league championship teams. She is also a highly decorated beach volleyball player. She has won numerous medals and awards for her performance on the sand, including winning the state and league championships last season. Academically, she is a scholar athlete and PTSA Student Recognition Award recipient. Athletics run in her family as her father, Ken Ungar, played baseball at the University of Miami.

Crosson comment: "Lea has all of the qualities and characteristics of a good libero.  Her vision, passing platform technique, and touch on the ball make her a very effective serve receive passer who also has the lateral quickness and first step on defense that all great defenders have.  She embodies what it means to be competitive on the court, she is a great teammate, and we look forward to her impact on our program next year."

Avalon DeNecochea
San Diego, CA

A four-year varsity player for University High School, Avalon was part of two league championship teams and is currently competing in state playoffs. She is a two-time team MVP, three year team captain, two-time league MVP and three time first-team all-league. Both of her parents played college and professional volleyball. Her Mother, Dianne DeNecochea played collegiately at Tennessee and her father, Joel DeNecochea played at Long Beach State.

Crosson comment: "Avalon is a multi-positional player who has the height, athleticism, and skill set to have a big impact on our teams future success.  She has experience as a setter and front row attacker, she has shown the ability to continually improve at the club level, and we are excited about the potential impact she will have on our program moving forward."

Cal Poly captured its first Big West title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years in 2017. They will lose three seniors from this year's team (Taylor Nelson Raeann Greisen, Savannah Niemen).