Nov. 13, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Head women's volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today. Sherridan Atkinson, Hannah Henriksen, Ashley Murray and Missy Owens have all signed the NLI to become 49ers next fall.
Atkinson will come to the Beach from just down the road at Millikan High School. The Long Beach, Calif. native stands at 6-5 and has played both at middle blocker and on the right side during her high school career. She was named a Senior Ace this year on PrepVolleyball.com's annual list but that isn't the first mention she has received. PrepVolleyball.com also named her as one of the Top-50 Underclassmen as a junior while Volleyball Magazine added her to its "30 Underclassmen To Watch" list.
"Sherridan is a very good athlete who wants to become a great volleyball player. She has lofty goals for herself that we will help her attain during her time with us," commented Gimmillaro.
Henriksen is a 6-4 outside hitter out of Frontier High School in Bakersfield, Calif. However, Gimmillaro can see her filling a role at several spots on the court.
"Hannah is a very versatile player who plays very tall at the net. She could end up playing several positions for us," Gimmillaro stated.
Henriksen was also included on the annual Senior Aces list this fall. She helped her team at Frontier to a third place finish in the Southwest Yosemite League this year and a berth in the Central Section Tournament.
Murray was also named in PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces List. As a 6-2 outside hitter, she has helped Bishop Montgomery to a second place finish in the Del Rey League this year. Her versatility on the court has Gimmillaro seeing other possibilities when she puts on a 49er uniform next fall.
"Ashley is a good athlete and a very good volleyball player and could play a number of positions in college. She is skilled and remains calm during competition."
Owens will make her way to the Beach from Yorba Linda High School where she has led her team as a setter. Gimmillaro commented on Owens, "Missy is a tall, athletic setter that is greatly respected by her teammates. We are confident she will develop into a great leader for this program."
Owens, a 6-1 setter, led her team to an Empire League title this year and a No. 2 seed in this week's CIF-Southern Section playoffs. She was also named a Senior Ace earlier this fall.
All four future 49ers are wrapping up their high school careers in postseason tournaments. They will spend the spring and summer playing for their respective club teams. Atkinson and Murray will play for SoCal Juniors Volleyball Club. Henriksen plays for Jamba Volleyball Club and Owens sets for Goldenwest Volleyball Club.
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