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.