Pacific Union College volleyball head coach Paul Castillo announced the letter-of-intent signings of Lexi Moriarty of Vacaville High School and Danae Ford of El Dorado-Placerville.
Both players are outside hitters and will join Pacific Union, an NAIA school that plays in the California Pacific Conference, in the fall.
Moriarty had 204 kills and averaged three kills per game for Vacaville (21-11 overall), which tied for the Monticello Empire League title last fall with Rodriguez-Cordelia. She also had 31 block assists and averaged 2.4 digs per game.
Vacaville won its last two matches of the MEL season and then went 1-1 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, beating Bella Vista-Fair Oaks (3-2) and losing to Nevada Union-Grass Valley (3-2).
“I am very excited for Lexi to join us at PUC,” Castillo said in a report on the PUC website. “During her visit, the team really enjoyed meeting her and I believe that she will be a great representative of Pacific Union College, both as a student and as an athlete.”
Moriarty was a team captain for Vacaville and was named to the All-MEL team. She has played club volleyball for Evolve Volleyball Club of Napa and Five Starz.
“I decided to further my education and volleyball career at Pacific Union College because of the welcoming student body and staff,” Moriarty said in a report on the Pioneers’ website. “I remember touring the school, and some of the girls on the team introduced themselves to me before I’d even played with the team. I knew then I’d feel at home at PUC. It’s a beautiful school and you can’t beat the academic programs there.”
Ford averaged 2.1 kills and 3.1 digs per game for El Dorado (22-13 overall), which tied for the Sierra Valley Conference championship with Union Mine-El Dorado. The Cougars won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title, beating El Camino-Sacramento (3-0), Woodland (3-0), Christian Brothers-Sacramento (3-1) and Sonora (3-2).
El Dorado went 1-1 in the CIF State Division III championships, beating Shasta-Redding (3-1) and losing to Los Gatos (3-0).
“I am thrilled for Danae to join our program and school,” Castillo said. “She will help us both on and off the court. She has been to several of our camps and we are finally excited to say she is part of the 2018 team. I look forward to all of her achievements, both volleyball and academic.”
Ford was a team captain for El Dorado and was named to the All-Sierra Valley Conference team. She has also played club volleyball.
“I decided to attend and play for Pacific Union College because I love the atmosphere of the students, the campus is beautiful, and I feel like I am home when I step on campus,” Ford said.
Stella Anderson of Napa plays for the Washington State women’s rugby club, which travels to Stanford this week for the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference Playoffs.
Stanford faces Oregon State in Match 1 at 11 a.m. and Washington State and UC Davis meet in Match 2 at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Sunday’s matches start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.