Multiple players with high school all-conference and most valuable player accolades will join CSUN beginning 2018.
CSUN coach Jeff Campbell announced recently that high school seniors Daniel Akerlind, Taylor Ittner, Cole Chaffee and Ryan DeWeese have all signed national letters of intent with the Matadors.
“As a group, this is an outstanding class not only athletically by academically as well,” Campbell said in a statement. “This is also a class that we hope will helps us right away as we continue to load up on great athletes and develop them as collegiate volleyball players.”
Akerlind, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Mission Viejo, California, enters his senior season as a two-time first-team all-league selection. He also has played three positions during his high school career and was named the team’s most valuable player the last two years.
Ittner, a 6-foot-4 setter from Meadow Vista, California, earned first-team all-conference honors and was named his team’s most valuable player last season. In addition, Ittner in his three years as the starting setter led his high school team to 44 victories and two league championships.
Chaffee, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Northridge, California, was selected as his high school league’s most outstanding offensive player last season. The in-city recruit also earned back-to-back first-team all-conference honors and the California Interscholastic Federation Exceptional Achievement award.
DeWeese, a 6-foot-5 opposite from Sacramento, California, was selected to compete with the USA Volleyball Junior National A1 Team the last two years. His older brother, Randy DeWeese, is a freshman setter with UC Santa Barbara.
CSUN ended last season tied for eighth place in the MPSF and narrowly missed the final berth to the eight-team conference tournament. The Matadors return a majority of starters for the upcoming season and are ranked No. 14 in the preseason national coaches poll.