The Rancho Cucamonga volleyball team didn’t need a whole lot of help. Sure the Cougars graduated two-time Player of the Year Kylie Miller. But coach Aaron Flores had 15 other players returning including All-Inland Valley selections Bria Beale and Karson Bacon.
But the Cougars got help nonetheless as junior Brooke Madkin has transferred from Upland Christian.
Madkin recorded 203 kills, 163 digs, 427 assists and 58 aces in helping Upland Christian to a CIF Southern Section Division 5AA title as well as a runner-up showing in the state portion of the playoffs.
Flores said the move had more to do with academics than athletics. Madkin is a good student and was looking to take some advanced placement courses that Upland Christian doesn’t offer. Many of her credits also won’t transfer to a four-year college.
Madkin, the niece of the Upland Christian coach Micah Langston, was the CIF Player of the Year in that division.
Flores acknowledges the different in the level of play between that division and Division I in which the Cougars play. Madkin did some hitting and setting at Upland Christian but will be used as a rightside hitter by Flores.
“She did play with us over the summer because we were missing some players and she did very well,” he said. “But we have a lot of very good players. She is in the mix though.”
Among the other returning players are senior outside hitter Sydney Culpepper, senior setter Mary Bagshaw, junior libero Brooklyn Hill and sophomore outside hitter Allison Casillas.
Flores added that he is waiting for official word on the transfer but expects Madkin to have to serve the sit-out period which wouldn’t make her eligible to play until October.
Rancho opens the season Tuesday at Flintridge Sacred Heart, then travels to Claremont the next day.