July 25, 2014
Week three of Meet the Spartans for the volleyball team features players who transferred to San José State from junior colleges or four-year institutions. Joining head coach Jolene Shepardson's inaugural team are Allison Meehan from North Idaho College, Mayte Sanchez-Solé Miranda from Montreat College, Kalie Matthews from Weber State and McKenzie Palassou from Monterey Peninsula College.
Meehan, a setter, played two seasons at North Idaho College and graduated from Post Falls High School. While at North Idaho, she led the team to an eighth-place finish at the NJCAA Nationals. Last season, she averaged 9.17 assists and 0.29 blocks per set. Meehan earned NJCAA academic honors.
"I love the way Allison runs a consistent offense and her composure under pressure. She will bring experience to our team after competing in the Junior College National Championship," said Shepardson.
Sanchez-Solé Miranda played last season at Montreat (N.C.) College. She recorded a season-best 11 kills against Mount Vernon Nazarene and had eight blocks in a match against Milligan. She trained for two years with the National Junior team in Spain.
"Mayte brings a vision of how the game is played at the highest level. I believe she will bring a tough-minded approach to competition and a caring attitude toward her teammates," stated Shepardson.
Matthews is transferring to San Jose State after spending the past two school years as a member of the Weber State women's basketball team. She graduated from Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Glendale, Ariz., where she was an all-region selection in volleyball. Matthews was the school's Female Athlete of the Year in 2012.
Palassou spent the spring semester as a member of the Spartan sand volleyball team. She attended Monterey Peninsula College, but did not play volleyball there. A graduate of Salinas High School, Palassou was an All-Tri-County Athletic League selection in high school. She is a second-generation San José State student-athlete as her mother, Jodi Breding, played on the 1979-82 volleyball teams, while her dad, Roy, set or tied every Spartan men's gymnastics event record.
"McKenzie not only came in with dynamic athleticism but a passion to learn. She impressed me with her joyous attitude while taking big stride during our Sand season last spring," said Shepardson.
The final installment of Meet the Spartans will feature the international students joining the Spartan squad.