UC San Diego lands all-conference high school setter

Coach Kevin Ring has possibly found his setter for the future.

Ring announced last week that high school senior Blake Crisp has signed a national letter of intent with UC San Diego and will join the Tritons beginning in the 2019 season.

“Blake is an athletic setter with great touch on the ball and a high volleyball IQ,” Ring said in a statement. “He is accomplished both indoors and on the beach. His demeanor on and off the court, as well as his competitive drive, will prove to be great additions to our program as we play in the Big West conference and transition to Division I.”

Crisp, a 6-foot-3 setter from Westlake Village, California, earned first-team all-conference honors last season after leading his high school team to back-to-back league championships. The setter also helped his high school move into the top-five of the rankings and had 51 assists in a five-game loss in the state tournament quarterfinals.

Along with his high school experience, Crisp has been selected to the A1 Red Team in the USA Volleyball High Performance program for three consecutive years.

UC San Diego is entering the inaugural men’s volleyball season of the Big West. The Tritons officially departed the MPSF in the offseason after being accepted last year as an affiliated member for the newly created men’s volleyball conference.

UC San Diego finished last season ranked No. 2 in the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll. In addition, opposite Tanner Syftestad, the 2017 Division II National Player of the Year, returns for his senior season and highlights the. Tritons’ returning starters.