LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball coach Don Flora announced Monday the signing of Southern California standout Alyssa Ybanez to a National Letter of Intent to join the Red Raiders for the 2014 season.
Ybanez, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will arrive in Lubbock following a stellar prep career where the 6-0 outside hitter was annually one of the top players at both the high school and club levels.
“Alyssa brings a quality volleyball IQ to the table which is a trait that jumped out to us as a staff,” Flora said. “She has played in some high-level matches and high-level club volleyball which will help her transition well to the Big 12. Alyssa will bring the ability to compete mentally and physically day-in and day-out which was really impressive.”
Ybanez spent the previous three seasons at Rim of the World High School, leading the Fighting Scots to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) finals all three years. Rim ended the 2012 season as the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA Champions last season, earning Ybanez first team all-state honors.
Ybanez was named the 2012 Mountain Valley League Offensive MVP while also picking up All-CIF and all-county accolades as a junior while playing under legendary head coach Dawn Bennet. She garnered first team all-league honors as well for the third-straight season.
After playing three seasons at Rim, Ybanez transferred to Los Osos High School prior to the 2013 campaign where she has helped lead the Grizzles to the CIF-SS semifinals which will be played Tuesday night.
In the offseason, Ybanez has spent significant time playing for several of the top clubs in the Southern California area, including Rancho Valley Volleyball Club under Kim Cheniss and most recently for Club West which is under the direction of Kurt Vlasich.
Ybanez will give Tech plenty of versatility when she enrolls in the fall of 2014 as she has played outside hitter and the opposite positions at both the club and high school levels.
2013 TEXAS TECH VOLLEYBALL FALL SIGNEE
Alyssa Ybanez – OH/OPP – Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos H.S.