Left fielder Christian Hendrix and catcher Christian Fillingame of San Bernardino Valley College have made college decisions.
Hendrix is headed to NAIA Campbellsville University while Fillingame will play at NAIA Bellevue University (Neb.).
Hendrix, a graduate of Kaiser High School, was named first team All-Foothill Conference. He finished with a perfect fielding percentage with 63 put outs. He also hit .326, with a .449 slugging percentage with 23 RBI.
Hendrix will join former sophomore right handed starting pitcher Nick Przybylek (Riverside King) at Campbellsville.
Fillingame out of Oak Hills High School in Hesperia, was named first team All-Foothill Conference selection. He boasted a fielding percentage of .981 with 195 put outs. He hit .288 with 31 RBI.
Chaffey College basketball standout Carl Robinson has decided on a four-year school. The sophomore point guard is headed to NAIA Bellevue University (Neb.).
Robinson was a first team Foothill Conference selection this year as a sophomore, averaging 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. His season high of 25 points came in a non-conference game against Long Beach City.
Bellevue plays in the Collegiate Athletic Conference. It went 28-6 overall last year, 11-3 in conference. It has played in the postseason the last 14 years, losing a first-round game last year.conference
Big time volleyball comes to Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m. Friday. The women’s national teams from China and the United States square off in the final match of the USA Volleyball Cup.
The United States team, coached by Karch Kiraly, is the top-ranked team in the world while Chino is currently No. 3.
If the previous matches are any indication, Inland Empire volleyball enthusiasts will be in for quite a show. The teams played on Tuesday in front of 3,600 spectators at UC Irvine and it was China prevailing 3-2, winning the decisive fifth set 17-15.
This will be the fourth and final match of the series. The teams started the series in Hawaii, splitting two matches with each country getting a 3-0 sweep.
“We have reached out to USA volleyball to try and get events here before and this is the first time we were able to work something out,” Cal State San Bernardino coach Kim Cherniss said. “This is as big as the Olympic basketball team or hockey team and it’s the year before the Olympics. It is exciting to have an event of this caliber here.”
The event was the idea of Craig Thompson, CEO of Mindspring Sport who took the idea to Kiraly. Both thought some sort of international competition would help grow the sport but also help serve as tune-ups for the respective national teams.
“This is great competition and gives the coach a chance to experiment with a lineup without worrying about it winning or losing a major international event like the Olympics,” Thompson said. “It’s also great way to get our sport out there and have our target audience get a close-up look at our Olympic athletes.”
This is the third year of the USA Volleyball Cup with the USA playing Japan in the first in 2013 and Brazil last year.
Earlier this month the USA Team held a scrimmage at Rancho Cucamonga High School that drew almost 3,000. Thompson is hoping that same kind of crowd shows up for the final showdown against China.