Rancho volleyball team to be without top player in league finale

Rancho Cucamonga's Bria Beale (#33) hits a shot Claremont's Paris Pearson (#12) and Juliana Gomez (#2)during the second set of Wednesday's season opener at Claremont High School in Claremont, CA., August 31, 2016. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Rancho Cucamonga volleyball team will be missing its star player when it takes to the court on Thursday against Chino Hills in the Baseline League finale for both teams. The Cougars (19-7, 9-0) are already assured a share of the league title but the Huskies (19-5, 8-1) can forge a tie with a win.

Senior outside hitter Bria Beale was ejected from Tuesday’s match at St. Lucy’s and per CIF rules must sit out the next match. She isn’t even allowed to be in the venue.

Rancho Cucamonga coach Aaron Flores said his team was up 24-13 in the third set after winning the first two sets handily when the incident occurred. He said he didn’t see exactly what happened because he was talking to someone else on the bench and Beale herself doesn’t remember.

All Flores was able to get as an explanation was that Beale directed profanity in the direction of an official. There was no previous incident. She was given a yellow card, then seconds later a red card – thus the ejection.

Flores was looking to his avenues of appeal this morning but there really are none. All will use the incident as a teachable moment.

“She is crushed,” Flores said.

Flores said he doesn’t ever recall seeing a player ejected from a volleyball match. Neither has Chino Hills coach Andy Farrow. But Flores doesn’t think the penalty fits the crime.

“In football that’s a 15-yard penalty and you move on. I don’t get why this is different,” he said.

The first time the teams played on Oct. 4 Chino Hills took Rancho to five sets with the Cougars winning the fifth 15-11. Beale, who has committed to UC Irvine, had 18 kills.

She leads the team in kills (315) and is just 111 away from the school’s career record in that category. She is second on the team in digs (211) and aces (47).

Farrow isn’t crazy about going into the match with looks to be a huge advantage.

“It was a great match when we played them head-to-head the first time,” he said. “Now if we win everyone will say it is because they didn’t have her. We’re all competitors we want to play against the best.”

Sophomore Allison Casillas will start in Beale’s spot but the Cougars have the benefit of a seasoned, battled-tested lineup around her.


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Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos to play in San Diego volleyball tournament

Rancho Cucamonga’s Abby Salmon celebrates a point against St. Lucy’s at Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Thursday, September 29, 2016. Rancho Cucamonga Defeated St. Lucy’s 25-10, 25-12, 25-22. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The volleyball teams from Rancho Cucamonga and Los Osos will participate in the California Challenge hosted by Torrey Pines at Alliant University in San Diego.

There are 32 teams, separated into eight pools. Each team will play three best-of-three pool play matches on Friday. Rancho Cucamonga is in the same pool with Ironwood (Ariz.), Harvard-Westlake and La Jolla while Los Osos is in a pool with La Costa Canyon, Trabuco and Notre Dame.

Among the other teams in the event are Santa Margarita, Mater Dei and San Juan Hills – the top three teams in Southern Section Division 1.

Rancho played in the event last year and placed third. It lost to eventual winner Torry Pines in the semifinal.

“It’s a good tournament. There are a lot of teams from out of state so you get to see other teams,” Cougars coach Aaron Flores said. “Our pool should be very competitive.”

First things first though. Both teams have Baseline League matches today. Rancho will be at Chino Hills while Los Osos will play at Upland.

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Top Upland Christian volleyball player transfer to Rancho Cucamonga

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.

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Rancho Cucamonga setter Mary Bagshaw selects a college

Rancho Cucamonga senior setter Mary Bagshaw  has committed to UC San Diego where she plans to walk on with the volleyball team.

The decision had much to do with academics. Bagshaw is undecided on a major but is considering something in a medical field. She didn’t consider any other school.

“It really was my first choice all along,” she said. “It’s a good school academically and the volleyball program is very competitive so it was the best of both worlds for me.”

Bagshaw registered 697 assists, 117 digs and 19 service aces in helping the Cougars to a 28-7 showing that included a 10-0 mark in Baseline League play last year. Her playing time was sporadic depending on whether senior Kylie Miller was used in a hitting or a setting role.

But the Cougars will be reliant on her in the fall with Miller having graduated and moving on to UCLA. Rancho returns a pair of Division I players in outside hitter Bria Beale and middle blocker Karson Bacon who has committed to UC Irvine and Oregon respectively.

“I am very excited about next season. I think we’re still going to be very good,” she said. “I definitely learned a lot from playing and practicing with Kylie and I am ready.”

UC San Diego is coach by Ricci Luyties, a member of the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team in 1988. The Tritons are coming off a 20-12 showing last year, including a 14-6 mark in CCAA play that was good enough for third place in the tough conference.


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Rancho Cucamonga’s Kortnee Nelson chooses Kean

Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Kortnee Nelson has decided to study and play at NCAA Division III Kean University (N.J.).

Kortnee Nelson's Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile

The 5-foot-8 defensive specialist/libero learned about the school through a recruiting showcase that was held in Las Vegas and coincided with a club tournament in which she was competing that was also held there.

Nelson went for a visit and liked what she saw. She was also considering Cal State Easy Bay as well as a handful of other small schools.

“It was completely different than what I am used to on this coast,” she said. “I like that there is a change of seasons and how diverse the school is. I really liked the people.”

Nelson did not draw a lot of playing time for a very talented Cougar team that was the top team in the Inland Valley but says playing on the other side of the net from some very good players helped her prepare.

“I got a chance to play against very good players in practice every day and tried to take advantage of that,” she said.

Nelson also progressed in the sport through participation in club ball. She spent four years playing for Club West but played the last two seasons with Rancho Valley Volleyball Club.

Nelson plans to major in psychology.

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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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All-CIF selections are out in girls volleyball

Here are the All-CIF selections in girls volleyball for each division released on Monday. Players from teams in the Bulletin/Sun coverage area are denoted in bold:

Player of Year – Norene Iosia, Sr., S, Redondo Union
Coach of Year – Tommy Chaffins, Redondo Union

Jessie Harris, Sr., Corona del Mar; Megan Rice, Sr., Redondo Union; Rachel Ritchie, Jr., Mater Dei; Rachel Hall, Sr., Huntington Beach; Bailee Huzinega, Sr., Great Oak; Milan Stokes, Sr., Long Beach Wilson; Makena Martin, Sr., Mater Dei; Meghan McClure, Jr., Santa Margarita; Devon Chang, Soph., Santa Margarita; Camryn Sanchez, Jr., Huntingon Beach; Kaylie Milton, Jr., Orange Lutheran.

Player of Year –
Allison Kautor, Sr., Opp, Trabuco Hills
Coach of Year – Craig Moothart, Trabuco Hills

Katherine Plummer, Sr., Aliso Niguel; Kenzie Koerber, Jr., Chino Hills; Kylie Miller, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga; Jessie Prichard, Sr., Corona Santiago; Chloe Allen, Sr., San Marcos; Antoinette Rolda, Sr., Trabuco Hills; Emily Burns, Sr., Valencia; Lauren Russ, Soph., Valencia; Sammy Slater, Jr., Ventura; Janell Walley, Sr., Yucaipa; Kaytlin Yost, Sr., El Dorado.

Player of Year –
Kyra Banko, Sr., OH, Village Christian
Coach of Year – Brent Asuka, Village Christian

Selby Schnobrich, Sr.,; Meghan Lacey, Sr., Village Chr.; Clare Lenihan, Jr., Chadwick; Courtney Bond, Sr., Chadwick; Cmaeron Dorn, Sr., Laguna Beach; Katelyn Carballo, Sr., Laguna Beach; Karly Eastley, Sr., South Torrance; Yagoda Jedrzejczak, Sr., Esperanza; Sarah Johnson, Sr., Mayfield; Allison Martinez, Soph., Westridge; Emily Sonny, Sr., Arroyo Grande.

Player of Year –
Kaitlin Morely, Sr., OH, Louisville
Coach of Year – Dhiraj Coats, Louisville

Zoe Fleck, Soph., Sierra Canyon; Katelyn David, Sr., Louisville; Natalie Aston, Jr., Louisville;
May Pertofsky, Fr., Sierra Canyon; Stephanie Umeh, Sr., Notre Dame; Jenai King, Jr., Notre Dame; Sedona Hansen, Sr., Serrano; Jordan Holman, Soph., Serrano; Simone Bliss, Jr., Claremont; Riley Jacobs, Sr., Glendora; Danielle Ryan, Sr., Burbank Burroughs; Chantal Zahrndt, Sr., Troy.

Player of Year –
Camryn Purdom, Sr., Valley View
Coach of Year – Jennifer Barlage, Valley View

Michelle Mendizabel, Sr., Valley View; Martha Epenesa, Jr., Valley View; Brooke Earkman, Sr., Santa Monica; Allie Barrett, Sr., Santa Monica; Gabby Benck, Sr., St. Margaret’s; Megan Taflinger, Jr., Quartz Hill; Alex Morones, Sr., Elsinore; Maddy Newcombe, Sr., Rim of the World; Katelyn Evans, Sr., Highland; Laura Butler, Sr., La Serna; Monique Awanyai, Sr., Mayfair; Kirsta Hernandez, Jr., Culver City.

Player of Year –
Shannon Geraty, Sr., MB, Saddleback Valley Chr.
Coach of Year – Carmen Stratton, Saddleback Valley Chr.

Lily Dyer, Soph., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Kaitlyn O’Brien, Sr., Saddleback Valley Chr.; Lauren Ralston, Sr., Templeton; Emily Burns, Sr., Templeton; Kayla Redfield, Sr., Loma Linda; Madison Field, Sr., Loma Linda; Tesa Oaks, Jr., Woodcrest Chr.; Anna Stevenson, Sr., Woodcrest Chr.; Grace Johnson, Jr., Hemet; Julia Vuong, Sr., San Gabriel; Kassidy Hamer, Sr., Santa Ynez; Kayla Dickerson, Sr., Bell Gardens.

Player of Year –
Phoebe Madsen, Sr., Opp, Laguna Blanca
Coach of Year – Jason Donnelly, Laguna Blanca

Katie Engle, Sr., St. Paul; Dani Abrams, Sr., Laguna Blanca; Emily Lafitte, Sr., Laguna Blanca; Gabrielle Oddo, Sr., Alta Loma; Kylie Szczepanski, Sr., Alta Loma; Christian Luhnow, Sr., Archer; Haven Hill, Sr., St. Bonaventure; Ryan D’Angelo, Jr., Vistamar; Isabelle Simqu, Sr., La Reina; Katie Byrne, Sr., La Reina; Anissa Hernandez, Jr., Shadow Hills; Montez Ulgaese, Sr., St. Anthony.

Player of Year
– Devyn Cross, Sr., MB, Desert
Coach of Year – Debbie Lewis, Desert

Jaslin Mani, Sr., Summit; Elizabeth Shelton, Sr., Desert; Tesheara Nelson, Sr., Desert; Jordon Wilson, Sr., Summit; Maritz Santiago, Jr., Gladstone; Peyton Shelburne, Sr., Cate; Delany Mayfield, Jr., Cate; Daisy Portillo, Sr., Duarte; Taylor Sanders, Sr., Mammoth; Emily Faburrieta, Sr., Fontana; Jennifer Juarez, Soph., Century; Melissa Martinez, Sr., Katella.

Player of Year – Rachel Holmes, Sr., OH, Upland Christian
Coach of Year – Micah Langston, Upland Christian

Brooke Madkin, Soph., Upland Chr.; Jordyn Pugh, Sr., Upland Chr.; Kylie Brown, Sr., Santa Clarita Chr.; Kiana Krumm, Sr., La Sierra; Tiana Whittington, Jr.,San Gabriel Aca.; Kati Aguilar, Jr., California Lutheran; Taylor Webster, Jr., Faith Baptist; Paige Singleton, Soph., Glendale Adv.; Xue DiMaggio, Sr., Coast Union; Cami Frahmann. Jr., Desert Chr. Aca.; Gracie Gwinn, Sr., Santa Clarita Chr.

Player of Year –
Therese Boles, Sr., OH, St. Monica
Coach of Year – Darren Bradley, St. Monica

Molly Hagen, Jr., St. Monica; Rose Goodwin, Sr., St. Monica; Lauren Cohen, Jr., Tarbut V’Torah; Kyra Wyman, Jr., Tarbut V’Torah; Selina Morones, Jr., Avalon; Kiya Hernandez, Sr., Avalon; Kirsten Mueller, Jr., Hillcrest; Carolina Phillips, Sr., AAE; Dajia Padilla, Jr., University Prep; Brianna Sanford, Jr., Einstein Aca.; JJ Flitsch, Fr., Lake Arrowhead. Chr.

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Baseline League honors: Girls Volleyball

MVP – Kylie Miller, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga

First team
Karson Bacon, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Bria Beale, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Alexis Cardoza, Jr., Chino Hills
Loryn Carter, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Sydney Culpepper, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Alex Everett, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Diana Flores, Soph., Etiwanda
Kenzie Koerber, Jr., Chino Hills
Nicole Nevarez, Soph., Los Osos
Danielle Thomas, Sr., Upland

Second team
Mary Bagshaw, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga
Jenna Bailey, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Courtney Buzzerio, Soph., Chino Hills
Francesca D’Aquila, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Amber Gunsur, Sr., Upland
Raven Hunsaker, Jr., Etiwanda
Brooklynn Hill, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Makaena Overby, Soph., Los Osos
Caliah Sadiq, Sr., Upland
Janessa Thropay, Sr., Chino Hills
Madison Wolf, Sr., Los Osos

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Bria Beale chooses UC Irvine

At first Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Bria Beale thought she wanted to go away from home to get the real college experience. But she has had a change of heart and has decided to stay closer to home and attend and play volleyball at UC Irvine.

Beale has a sister that attends Cornell and watching her experience has made her realize staying close to home isn’t that bad.

Beale, just a junior, also made unofficial visits to Colorado State, Nebraska, UCLA, and Long Beach State but playing at UCI seemed liked the logical choice.

She has made countless trips to the school, the first of those coming in eighth grade. She has been there for several matches and has a former teammate playing there now in Samantha Frost.

She also participated in a volleyball camp there and has been to the school for academic endeavors as well.

“I feel very comfortable there so it should be a smooth transition,” said Beale, who plans to major in biology. “I also liked that it was a little bit of a smaller school atmosphere. I also liked the academics because I am a student first. That is very important to me.”

Beale has helped the Cougars (26-6) to a No. 1 ranking in Division 1A. She has a team-high 265 kills and hit for a .417 percentage. She also has 49 aces, 21 blocks and 255 digs.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Kylie Miller nets All-American honor

Rancho Cucamonga High School senior volleyball standout Kylie Miller has landed the first of what is sure to be many All-American honors when she was lauded a first-team selection by Under Armour.

Miller, a 5-foot-11 setter, was one of just 24 players nationwide chosen to the first team.

“It’s a  nice honor. I don’t think it has really sunk in yet because I’m so focused on our team in the playoffs,” she said. “It’s nice to be mentioned along with so many other great players.”

Miller, who has committed to UCLA, has 236 kills and is hitting at a whopping 54% percent clip for the Cougars (26-6), who are ranked first in Division 1A. She also has 50 aces, 38 blocks, 178 digs and 267 assists.

The approximately 600 nominations are a record number for the program, resulting in a combined 150 All-Americans and Honorable Mention All-Americans. Many already committed to play collegiate volleyball at some of the top schools in the country.

Miller and all the other players named to the the first team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition which will be held at the CenturyLink Center on Dec. 18 in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Annual Convention.

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