June 15, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF head coach Gilad Doron has announced the signings of 5-10 opposite hitter Sarah Mandala (San Dimas, CA) and 5-8 setter Alaina Sully (Irvine, CA) to National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play volleyball at the University of San Francisco in 2007. An accomplished offensive player, Mandala was a four-year standout at St. Lucy's Priory High School, while Sully turned in a strong prep career at Woodbrige High School, helping the Warriors to three straight league titles and a pair of CIF Semifinals appearances.
"I look forward to working with them at USF," Doron said. "I believe both are capable of making an immediate impact in this program and in the West Coast Conference."
Mandala is one of the top incoming recruits in program history. The Sierra League MVP as a senior after leading the conference with a .826 attack percentage and a three-time first team selection, A two-time team MVP, Mandala powered St. Lucy's to its third consecutive league title in 2006 and the first CIF Semifinals appearances in school history in 2005-06. After averaging 4.1 kills on .826 hitting to go along with 1.7 blocks per game as a senior, Mandala earned All-CIF Division II First Team selection after capturing Division III Second Team accolades as a junior.
Mandala gained international experience during the summer of 2006 traveling with the Southern California High Performance Team in Italy and Slovenia. While competing for the Club West 16 Elite club team, Mandala earned All-Tournament honors at the 2005 USA Girls' Club Invitational Championships.
Mandala welcomes the opportunity to play at the University of San Francisco.
"I am very excited to go to school and play volleyball at USF because the team is competitive and the girls are great! The coaches are enthusiastic and will push me to do my best to help the team win," Mandala said.
An accomplished setter with outstanding high level prep and club experience, Sully captured All-CIF Division I Second Team selection after a strong senior campaign and set Woodbridge to its third straight league title. For her efforts, Sully captured Sea View League, All-City and team MVP accolades. Following her senior season, Sully was chosen for the 2007 Orange County All-Star Match and set for the South squad representing the top senior players in the county.
During a standout club career, Sully set SVVC her 15-1 team to the Reno Festival Championship and the following year helped the 16-1 team to a runner-up showing at the festival. A standout beach player, Sully competed in the U-17 class at the 2004 USA Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships.
Sully looks forward to competing for the Dons during the upcoming season in the demanding West Coast Conference.
"Through hard work and dedication over the years, I have accomplished my biggest goal, to play Division 1 volleyball. I am excited to attend and represent the University of San Francisco as a student-athlete," Sully said.