Beach Volleyball Adds Four
Head coach John Mayer announced the signing of four standout players for next year.
With his second season serving as LMU beach volleyball head coach coming to a close, John Mayer has announced a talented group of newcomers who will compete for the Lions next season. Mayer has signed Cierra Simpson, Chloe Reinig, McKayla Ferris and Morgan Bogust to letters of intent to play at LMU. Simpson, Reinig and Ferris are all fifth-year transfers who will play one season with the Lions after exhausting their indoor eligibility at other institutions.
Simpson played four seasons at the University of Colorado, serving as a team captain in her final two campaigns. The native of Colorado Springs, Colo. became CU’s all-time career digs leader with 1,840, surpassing the former record by 300 (1,540). Simpson also set CU’s record for sets played with 493 and is the rally scoring era career services aces leader at 91. During the season, she recorded 444 digs, playing in all 121 sets to average 3.67 digs per set, the 10th best mark in the league.
“Cierra is a great addition to our 2017-2018 class,” Mayer said. “She’s been a rock in serve-receive for Colorado in the Pac-12 conference for the past four years. Her ability to pass the ball at a high level and to have elite ball control is a skill that is invaluable on the beach. She’s a tall libero at 6’0 and a very good jumper and athlete. I know she’s looking forward to taking some swings as she makes the transition to the beach game. Cierra is a dynamic, fun person who will bring a ton of great character to our team."
Reinig, who excelled at Michigan State over a four-year career, was named a 2014 AVCA honorable mention All-American and a 2015 AVCA All-North Region honorable mention pick. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, she finished her indoor career with 1,259 kills at a rate of 3.05 per set while appearing in 116 matches. In her All-American sophomore season, Reinig posted 437 kills at a rate of 3.70 per set while also managing 83 total blocks. She added 96 blocsk in her final season, finishing her career with 301 total.
“Chloe brings a physical presence that we haven’t had on our beach teams in the past,” Mayer said. “Her blocking and offense will be a game changer for our program. She had an incredible career at MSU where she made a ton of big time plays in pressure moments throughout her four years there. Having that sort of experience is invaluable and will make an impact on our culture. It’ll take Chloe a few weeks to adjust to the beach game, but once she does, watch out!”
Ferris is no stranger to the West Coast Conference, transferring to LMU from Gonzaga. Ferris became 14th member of Gonzaga’s 1,000-kill club as she ended her career with 1,007 kills. The native of Chandler, Ariz. also placed second on the team and ninth in the WCC by averaging 3.28 kills per set. The Utah Volleyball Classic MVP managed three double-doubles and career-high 26 kills versus Butler in the tournament.
“If you watch McKayla play indoors, it’s clear that her game will transfer really smoothly to the beach,” Mayer said. “She’s a six-rotation passer with a great arm and all the shots. She’s got great ball control and great vision when attacking which is a vital skill on the beach. Her beach game is already really polished as she’s been playing beach tournaments the past few summers. She’s another really hard worker and great person who will add so much beyond volleyball to our beach team.”
Bogust is a graduate of Westlake High School where she has helped turn her high school squad into a perennial contender in beach volleyball.
"Morgan is the steal of the 2017 class,” according to Mayer. “She was overlooked by a few schools and we got really lucky to get her as she has come on really strong in her senior year of high school. She is a fierce competitor who plays really, really hard. She is a scrappy defender who can score points by ripping her jump serve. I think she’ll come in a make a big impact her freshman year."
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