Rim’s top returner from CIF champion volleyball team transfers to Los Osos

Alyssa Ybanez, left, transferred from Rim of the World to Los Osos.

Alyssa Ybanez, left, transferred from Rim of the World to Los Osos.

It’s hard to imagine the Los Osos volleyball team getting much better, but that’s exactly what happened this offseason. The team that finished one win shy of the first CIF championship in school history gained two transfers, one of which helped lead her team to a CIF title last season.

Alyssa Ybanez, the 2012 Mountain Valley League offensive MVP, transferred to Los Osos along with 6-foot-1 Aquinas middle blocker Delaney Goodrich. They will join a core of players at Los Osos including the reigning Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, Cal-bound senior Ashten Smith-Gooden and Ashley Kaylor, a first team All-Valley selection last season.

The towering Ybanez, a senior who is versatile enough to play outside hitter or middle blocker, was one of the two best players on a Rim of the World team that won the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship last season. She earned all-CIF honors last season and was likely capable of carrying Rim to its third consecutive championship game this year.

Goodrich, the block leader for an Aquinas team that reached the Division 3A semifinals, is only a junior and will provide Los Osos with a presence in the middle on defense and offense.