Concordia-Irvine adds biggest recruiting class in program history

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Concordia-Irvine will have plenty of depth in the upcoming seasons.

The Eagles announced earlier this week their largest recruiting class in program history with 14 players joining the team for the 2021 season.

Josiah Kaaa was a four-year varsity player for his high school in Hawaii and helped his club team earn a top-20 national ranking for three straight years. He also is the younger brother of Isaiah Kaaa, who was a setter for Concordia-Irvine and is eighth all-time for career assists in school history.

Bao-Andrew Nguyen, a 6-foot-1 opposite from Texas, played for both club and high school teams. Nguyen will begin his college career transitioning to outside attacker.

Liam Roberts also was a member of his high school team in Evanston, Illinois and helped the team win a regional championship in 2019.

Nathan Campbell, a setter from Yorba Linda, California, was a multiple-time team most valuable player recipient for his high school team.

Brock Henderson, a setter from San Diego, was twice named the Scripps Ranch Tournament All-Team Most Valuable Player. In addition, Henderson served as the captain of his high school team for the last three years.

Will Migdal helped his high school in Carlsbad, California, win the CIF San Diego Open Division championship. He was named a team captain as a senior and was voted the most improved player during his high school career.

Drew Turner, a middle attacker from Del Mar, California, guided his high school team to the No. 3 national ranking in back-to-back seasons.

Michael Vicente comes to Concordia-Irvine from the San Jose area. The incoming recruit led his club team to a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Cort Joohnson, a pin hitter from Thousand Oaks, California, had multiple podium finishes as a beach volleyball player.

Along with these incoming freshmen, Concordia-Irvine will add five transfers to its roster.

Among these transfers includes former Barton setter Oscar Fiorentino, who was a finalist for the 2020 Lloy Ball Award.

Jesper Schut is a transfer player from the Netherlands with one remaining year of eligibility. The opposite helped lead his Lycurgus team to win multiple championships.

Josh Boothroyd spent the last two years playing for Aquinas. The outside attacker while playing at the NAIA level was a first-team all-conference selection and named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Kristjan Cortez returns to his home state after earning Third-Team All-GNAC honors while playing with Rivier, a NCAA Division III team. He helped Rivier win a conference championship and finished in the nation’s top 50 for attack percentage.

Troy Magorien also joins Concordia-Irvine — his third school during his college career. Magorien spent two seasons playing for Pepperdine and then enrolled at Mount Olive last year.

Concordia-Irvine was ranked No. 13 in the national coaches poll and in fifth place in the MPSF when the 2020 season was canceled.