Grand Canyon received a commitment from a high school middle attacker who will become the tallest player in its program history.
Grand Canyon announced Thursday that high school senior Christian Ward had signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Antelopes beginning in the 2013 season.
Ward, a 6-foot-9 player from San Diego, was a Second-Team All-California Interscholastic Federation last season as a junior with his high school team. He also played for Grand Canyon coach Jeremy Price at the United States Volleyball High Performance Championships during the summer.
No player on the Antelopes’ active roster for the 2012 season is taller than 6-foot-5 — four inches smaller than Ward. In addition, Ward will tie two other players as the tallest player in Grand Canyon’s four-year program history.
“He is going to bring a lot of size,” Price said in a statement. “At 6-9, he will become our tallest player when he walks into our program. He has a lot of potential and we’re excited to get him in the gym.”
Grand Canyon finished the 20111 season in last place in the MIVA and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.
Grand Canyon will open its upcoming season on the road against Pacific on Jan. 7.