July 17, 2014
In the second installment, we introduce Spartan fans to three freshmen volleyball players from the state of California who are a part of first-year head coach Jolene Shepardson’s team – Sara Hibbs from Orangevale, Breann Robinson from Jamestown, and Jessica Oneto from Stockton.
Hibbs signed in the fall with the Spartans after playing four years at Bella Vista High School. She is a three-time All-Capital Valley Conference honoree. Her senior team finished second in the conference, while her junior year team reached the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sectional. Hibbs played club for the Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC).
“I have watched Sara grow into an offensive beast while playing for Jeff Deter at NCVC. She is going to not only score a lot of points for us, but she also brings joy to her teammates on and off the court,” said Shepardson.
Robinson was a setter at Summerville High School. She was the Mother Lode League’s 2013 Most Outstanding Player of Year. She played in every set for the Bears her senior year and recorded 269 assists. Robinson finished third on the team in kills with 78 and had a team-best 44 service aces. She played club for Rage Volleyball Club.
“I appreciate the way Garren Allala has precisely trained Breann. With this technical background and her physicality, she will have a smooth transition into the college game,” stated Shepardson.
Oneto played at Lincoln High School in Stockton. She was the 2013 San Joaquin Athletic Association Most Valuable Player as she averaged 16 kills and 9.5 digs per match in league play. Her team finished 22-10 overall, 10-0 in the SJAA and reached the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. She also played with Robinson at Rage Volleyball Club.
“Jessica is an important addition to our team because she is a versatile player trained as both an outside in high school and a middle in club. She finds ways to contribute in either position,” said Shepardson.
Coming next week – transfers from junior colleges and four-year institutions.