San Jose-Savanah Leaf, a 5-11 outside hitter from Marin Academy, and Mary Alice O'Reilly, a 6-1 middle blocker from Mercy-Burlingame, have signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at San Jose State University beginning with the 2011 season, as announced by Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo.
Leaf was named to the 2009 MaxPreps California Division V All-State Team and was the Most Valuable Player of the Bay Counties League West. Prior to this season, she was one of 381 players named to the AVCA Under Armour Girls' High School All-America Volleyball Watch List. She plays club for San Francisco Juniors and was named to the 17 National All-Tournament Team at the 2010 Junior National Championships.
This season, Marin Academy won the Bay Counties League West Championship and finished league play undefeated. Leaf and her team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division V North Coast Section Tournament after Marin Academy defeated South Fourth in three sets Wednesday night. The team, currently 25-5, will play Rincon Valley Christian Saturday night.
Leaf would like to have a career in graphic design and is following in the footsteps of her mother Alison, a San Jose State graduate, who works at Pixar.
O'Reilly was named to the 2009 MaxPreps California Division IV All-State Team and was a unanimous selection as the West Bay Athletic League MVP. She was also named the 2009 Daily Journal Volleyball Player of the Year and was one of only 354 players nationally to receive mention on prepvolleyball.com's 2009 All-America teams. She finished her junior year with 286 kills, 95 blocks and 77 service aces. O'Reilly plays club for Vision 17 Gold, and this past summer, her team tied for third in the 17 Open at the Junior National Championships.
O'Reilly's team begins play in the 2010 CCS Volleyball Championships Saturday afternoon with a quarterfinal match against Mercy-San Francisco.
"We are extremely excited to have Savanah and Mary Alice join our program," said Crespo. "Both come from high-level club teams and are physical players. They will add depth to both positions on our team and will be productive in our program."
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