Head coach Andy Read has announced the signing of three high school standouts to National Letters of Intent.
Nov. 15, 2011
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State men's volleyball head coach Andy Read announced the signing Tuesday of Eric Ensing, Chet Radish and Andrew Whitt to National Letters of Intent. The trio will join the 49ers in 2012-13.
"All three incoming freshmen are going to have an immediate impact on Long Beach State Men's Volleyball," Read said. "They are great athletes who jump well and are powerful attackers. They are also great teammates and competitive winners."
Eric Ensing is a senior at Valencia High School. Last year, the 6-foot-8 outside hitter/opposite earned second-team All-Foothill League honors and helped the Vikings advance to the quarterfinals of the Division II CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Entering the 2012 season, his high school team has won a state record 102 consecutive league matches. Ensing also led his Legacy club team to an 11th-place finish in the 17-Open division at the 2011 USAV Boys' Junior National Championships.
"Eric is a strong attacker from both pins and the back row, and he has a point-scoring jump serve," Read said. "He can play either outside hitter or opposite and be great at both."
Chet Radish is a 6-foot-6 outside hitter from Mountain View, Calif. He is currently a senior at Homestead High School. In 2011, he earned first-team All-DeAnza League honors and led the Mustangs to the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs. Radish also plays for Mountain View Volleyball Club where he earned all-tournament honors after helping his squad to a bronze medal in the 17-Open division of the 2011 USAV Boys' Junior National Championships.
"Chet is an all-around outstanding player," Read said. "He can do it all on the volleyball court; pass, hit, serve, block and play solid defense in the back row. He is a fierce competitor both in practice and in matches."
Andrew Whitt is a 6-foot-4 outside hitter from Laguna Hills High School. As a senior, he will be in just his third year of playing volleyball after making the transition from basketball. He was a second-team All-Pacific Coast League selection in 2010. Whitt also plays for the Balboa Bay volleyball club and helped his squad tie for fifth at the 17-Open USAV Boys' Junior National Championships in 2011.
"Andrew changed over to volleyball from basketball during high school and all of his outstanding athletic ability and vertical jump has translated into being a huge threat as both a hitter and blocker," Read said. "He is a tireless player in practice and is always looking to go above and beyond in every drill."
49er Men's Volleyball - Early Signing Period
Eric Ensing, Fr., 6-8, OH/OPP, Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS)
Chet Radish, Fr., 6-6, OH, Mountain View, Calif. (Homestead HS)
Andrew Whitt, Fr., 6-4, OH, Laguna Hills, Calif. (Laguna Hills HS)
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