Rancho Cucamonga’s Karson Bacon commits to Oregon

Rancho Cucamonga's Karson Bacon (#42) and Bria Beale (#33) block a shot attempt by St. Lucy's Loryn Carter (#17) during Tuesday's Baseline League match at  Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., October 20, 2015. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Another local volleyball standout is headed to the Pac-12.

This time it is 6-foot-3 sophomore middle blocker Karson Bacon making a decision and committing to Oregon. She made an unofficial trip to the school a couple of weeks ago and liked what she saw so there was no reason to wait.

“It was beautiful there and I really liked the coach,” she said. “I also got a chance to talk to some of the players and they were very honest. It seemed liked the right place for me.”

Bacon also had offers from Arizona and Washington State and likely would have landed more in the coming year.

“I didn’t see a reason to wait,” she said. “I felt very good about making the decision.”

Bacon was a first team All-Inland Valley selection the past fall, helping the Cougars to a 28-7 showing and 10-0 mark in the Baseline League. She was second on the team in kills (279) and first in blocks (110).

Bacon will get to compete against several local players when she gets to Oregon. Current teammate Kylie Miller is headed to UCLA in the fall.

Los Osos graduate Ashten Smith-Gooden is at Cal and Sarah Dixon and Meghan Buzzerio, both of Chino Hills, are at Arizona.


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