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.
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.
Here are the volleyball rankings for the week of Nov. 2 in all divisions. Teams in bold are on in the Daily Bulletin coverage area:
Division 1AA – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Great Oak; 3. Santa Margarita; 4. Mira Costa; 5. Mater Dei; 6. Corona del Mar; 7. Huntington Beach; 8. Edison; 9. Flintridge Sacred Heart; 10. Chaparral.
Division 1A – 1. Rancho Cucamonga; 2. Corona Santiago; 3. Aliso Niguel; 4. Trabuco Hills; 5. Valencia; 6. Ventura; 7. San Marcos; 8. Chino Hills; 9. St. Lucy’s; 10. Westlake.
Division 2AA – 1. Village Christian; 2. Mayfield; 3. Chadwick; 4. Esperanza; 5. Laguna Beach; 6. Westridge; 7 South Torrance; 8. Arroyo Grande; 9. Maranatha; 10. South Pasadena.
Division 2A – 1. Louisville; 2. Serrano; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Sierra Canyon; 5. Glendora; 6. Troy; 7. Burbank Burroughs; 8. Palm Desert; 9. Bonita; 10. Diamond Ranch.
Division 3AA – 1. Elsinore; 2. Sage Hill; 3. St. Margaret’s; 4. Rim of the World; 5. La Serna; 6. Santa Monica; 7. Highland; 8. Riverside Poly; 9. Quartz Hill; 10. El Segundo.
Division 3A – 1. Saddelback Valley Christian; 2. Woodcrest Chr.; 3. Templeton; 4. Santa Ynez; 5. Loma Linda; 6. La Sierra; 7. Hemet; 8. Aquinas; 9. San Gabriel; 10. Riverside Notre Dame.
Division 4AA – 1. La Reina; 2. Alta Loma; 3. Vistamar; 4. Laguna Beach; 5. Shadow Hills; 6. Archer; 7. St. Bonaventure; 8. St. Monica; 9. St. Anthony; 10. St. Paul.
Division 4A – 1. Cate; 2. Desert; 3. Gladstone; 4. Summit; 5. Duarte; 6. Mammoth; 7. Fontana; 8., St. Genevieve; 9. Centruy; 10. Foothill Tech.
Division 5AA – 1. Santa Clarita Chr.; 2. Upland Chr.; 3. California Lutheran; 4 La Sierra; 5. Coast Union; 6. Trinity Classical; 7. Desert Chr. Aca.; 8. Temecula Prep; 9. Rancho Christian; 10. San Gabriel Aca.
Division 5A – 1. Tarbut V’Torah; 2. Avalon; 3. St. Monica Aca.; 4. AAE; 5. University Prep; 6. Hillcrest Chr.; 7. Einstein Aca.; 8. Riverside Prep; 9. Lucerne Valley; 10. Lake Arrowhead Chr.
On her 17th birthday, UCLA commit and Rancho Cucamonga volleyball player Kylie Miller reached the 1,000 career kills milestone in the game against Citrus Valley.
“I thought it would be a great memory (to reach the milestone on her birthday),” she said. “It wasn’t my focus today but it was great to know that it happened. I think my teammates were more aware of what was happening than I was.”
Miller was informed by the coaching staff this week that the milestone was insight.
She entered the game with 991 career kills and surpassed the milestone with a 20-kill performance against the Blackhawks, defeating the team in three.
“We didn’t play our best game but we pulled through and got the win,” Miller said.
The Cougars have expectations going forward this season with the overall goal of winning CIF.
“I am very excited about my team this year. We all have great chemistry on and off the court,” Miller explained. “We have high expectations for ourselves as we head into league play. Our goal this season is to win CIF and we are all very motivated to reach our goal.”
The Rancho Cucamonga volleyball team is off to a 7-0 start, thanks to six wins and a championship at last weekend’s Inland Empire Classic.
The Cougars defeated perennial CIF title contender Corona Santiago in the championship game 2-1 (21-25, 25-18, 15-9). That should bode well for the Cougars title hopes this season to beat that caliber of a team.
The other five wins in the event were all by 2-0 scores.
Senior outside hitter Kylie Miller was named tournament MVP. Sophomore middle blocker Karson Bacon and junior hitter Bria Beale earned All-Tournament honors.
Rancho will be at home again tonight against Temecula Chaparral.
Kylie Miller unleashes a shot in match last year against Los Osos.
Last year Chino Hills came into the Baseline and swiped away the league title the Cougars had won the previous year.
Well it’s a new season and Rancho Cucamonga looks like it is poised to that that crown back, with Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s looking like the most formidable foes.
Coach Aaron Flores is back at the helm after a year away in which he served a an assistant at Division I UC Irvine.
Senior Kylie Miller, who committed to UCLA as a sophomore, will lead the way. The most versatile player in the Inland Valley tallied 288 kills, 225 digs, 71 service aces and 27 total blocks. She divided time between and setting but this year will be used as an outside hitter with junior Mary Bagshaw, who transferred from Bonita last year assuming setting duties full time.
“This is going to be a great year for her,” Flores said. “Playing just hitter will also allow her to focus more on defense and passing which is a little tougher when you’re setting.”
The other reason for such optimism is the cast of players around Miller. Last year Karson Bacon burst on the scene as a freshman and notched 147 kills and a team-high 43 blocks. She has grown a bit and now stands 6-4 and Flores says she is drawing the same interest Miller did two years ago.
Other key returning players are junior outside hitters Sydney Culpepper and Bria Beale who combined for 395 kills last year. Last year Beale injured an ankle right before the playoffs which was a major blow to the team’s postseason hopes and the Cougars suffered a second round loss to Hart.
“This is the best team the school has ever had,” Flores says boldly. “We have a lot of potential and I am very excited.”
Rancho Cucamonga High School junior Kyle Miller was singled out by Volleyball Magazine as one of the top 25 underclassmen to watch for the coming season.
The Magazine also selected a Top 50 group of graduating seniors.
Miller, a 5-foot-11 setter nad outside hitter, committed to UCLA last year as a sophomore.
She is a three-time first-team All-Inland Valley selection, highlighted by a Player of the Year selection in 2013 as a sophomore.
Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Maegan Casillas has made a verbal commitment to UC Riverside.
The 6-foot middle blocker was also considering Cal Baptist, La Sierra and San Diego Christian. She preferred to stay in the area but was also familiar with the school.
“I went to a summer camp there and I learned a lot from the coaches,” she said. “I felt at home and really liked the atmosphere there.”
Casillas, a three-year varsity player for the Cougars, managed 43 blocks in helping her team to a second-place finish in the Baseline League.
The Highlanders went 2-26 last year in the transition to a new coaching staff. Casillas is hoping to get playing time right away.
She plans to major in biology.
Rancho Cucamonga volleyball standout Samantha Frost has committed to Division I UC Irvine, according to coach Brandon Blevins.
At UCI she will join former coach Aaron Flores who resigned after the season to take the lead assistant coaching job there.
Frost was a first-team All-Baseline selection and honorable mention All-Inland Valley.
The 5-foot-9 outside hitter missed the first half of the season with an injury but still registered 136 kills and 179 digs, helping the Cougars complete Baseline League title undefeated. Her contribution also helped the Cougars advance to the CIF quarterfinal.
She also considered Penn State.
Rancho Cucamonga High School volleyball standout Cythina Giron has committed to NCAA Division II Cal State Los Angeles, which plays in the CCAA along with Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.
Giron proved to be one of the most valuable defensive specialists in Southern California. She was a first-team All-Inland Volleyball Team selection. She set a school record for digs in a season with 540 (6.1 per set average) and helped the Cougars to a Baseline League title.
She ranked 13th in Southern California in digs.
Giron also considered Tulsa and Connecticut and says she will likely red-shirt her first year.
Cal State Los Angeles, coached by Randi Smart, went 16-14 overall and 11-11 in CCAA play last year, finishing sixth out of 12 teams in the conference.