Four high school seniors including players from Illinois and New York have committed to play for Cal State Northridge starting in the 2015 season.
Cal State Northridge coach Jeff Campbell announced earlier this week that Emerson Waumans, Jakob Karlsson, Justin Toth and Travis O’Gorman have signed national letters of intent with the Matadors.
“Overall this is another great class, very athletic, academic oriented and all these guys will work hard and do what it takes to be a part of a national championship team,” Campbell said in a statement.
Waumans, a 6-foot-6 setter from Carlsbad, Calif., is a multi-sport athlete in high school playing volleyball and basketball. The setter also helped high school volleyball team finish with a 20-win season last year.
Karlsson, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Carlsbad, Calif., is teammates with Waumans at Carlsbad High School. As a junior last year, he finished the season with more than 200 kills and a .365 attack percentage, while adding 42 aces.
Toth, a 6-foot-10 middle attacker from Minnoka, Ill., is one of the few Midwest recruits to sign with Cal State Northridge in recent years. The middle attacker helped lead his high school team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Illinois state tournament and a combined 73-7 record during the last two years.
O’Gorman, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Northport, N.Y., earned all-county honors as a junior last season. He also was named to the Long Island Newsday Players to Watch list the last two years.
Cal State Northridge finished last season in ninth place in the MPSF and missed the postseason for the second time in the last three years.