The Alta Loma volleyball team had quite the season. The Braves won a Mt. Baldy League title, cruised to a Southern Section title (Division 4AA) and went all the way to the state championship match.
Three of the key figures from that team signed their letters of intent today, making their college decision official.
Two will be staying close to home and one will be in commuter distance. Middle blocker Amy Armstrong will play at Cal State San Bernardino, a prominent player on the national scene at the Division II level.
Libero Kristen Sanchez will play at University of La Verne, which has national Elite Eight appearances at the Division III level.
Outside hitter Breanna Golsch will move on to Cal State Dominguez Hills, which plays in the same conference as Cal State San Bernardino and another local, Cal Poly Pomona.
A fourth player, Aeryn Owens, signed in February with Cal State Northridge.
Good luck in the next step of your career girls.
Amy Armstrong of Alta Loma wanted to stay close to home for college and she was lucky to find a premier program in commuter distance.
The 6-foot-1 middle blocker has committed to Cal State San Bernardino a dominant competitor in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference and a figure on the national scene under veteran coach Kim Cherniss.
It is a perfect fit.
Cherniss and assistant Danny Scott have done an outstanding job of developing players at the middle blocker position and have churned out several All-Americans there. They had two there last year in Tori May and Brenna McIntosh. May has graduated while McIntosh will be a senior.
Cherniss has also been good at maintaining a local presence on her roster. Yes she’ll go out and get that top recruit from elsewhere but there are always local players on her roster as well.
Armstrong was a key player for a Braves team that is coming off its best season in school history. Alta Loma (36-3) easily won the Mt. Baldy League and cruised to a Southern Section title. They went on to the state playoffs and marched all the way to the state title game before being dealt a 3-2 loss.
Armstrong, a first-team Mt. Baldy League selection, registered 171 kills and a team-high 109 blocks.
She was also considering Cal State East Bay and New Mexico-Highlands, both Division II schools.