By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Leading hitters for the Santa Rosa Junior College women’s volleyball team will be playing at the next level.
Santa Rosa most valuable player Megan Johnson will be joining the Cal State East Bay team and outstanding middle blocker Luisa McInnis is headed to Seattle Pacific University.
Out of Sehome, Wash., the athletic Johnson was an all-around player for Santa Rosa. She never came out of matches, leading the team with 364 kills and finishing second on the squad with 210 digs.
Johnson finished the season with one of the top hitting percentages in the California Community College Athletic Association.
“Megan was one of the top attackers in northern California last year,” said Cal State East Bay coach Jim Spagle. “But even more impressive is her skill set in the back row, particularly with serve receive, communication and defense. We’re thrilled to welcome Megan to the East Bay volleyball program.”
Another front-row standout for Santa Rosa was McInnis, from Montgomery. A defensive anchor with a team leading 57 blocks, McInnis also hit 205 kills and delivered service aces on the season.“She’s got hops, she’s strong, she’s athletic, and she’s quick,” said Seattle Pacific coach Chris Johnson. “She’s going to be able to fill in very nicely in that role.”
Another reason McInnis is taking the trek north was the promise to compete in track and field. Rediscovering her love for jumping this past track season, McInnis was among the state’s top high jumpers at SRJC.
Peaking with a second-best Northern California jump during the season, McInnis reached the CCCAA state meet. She finished sixth, a strong result that earned her a spot on the Seattle Pacific track and field team.
Both players are joining NCAA Division II programs. Cal State East Bay competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the same conference as Sonoma State. Seattle Pacific is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The volleyball duo helped lead a young SRJC squad to a strong finish in the 2013 season.
After a fifth-place finish in the Big 8 Conference, the Bear Cubs won a NorCal playoff match. Santa Rosa then fell to eventual CCCAA champion Cabrillo, the first Northern California team to ever win the state title.
SRJC soccer stars moving on
A pair of standouts from the SRJC women’s soccer team joins the program’s list of players will move on to the NCAA ranks.
Allison Rash, out of Santa Rosa, will play next season at University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The NCAA Division II program is in Odessa, Texas.
Another player moving on is Ashley Jones. The goalkeeper from Casa Grande will play at Averett University, an NCAA Division III program in Danville, Va.The pair adds to the nine Santa Rosa players set to debut at the four-year college level next season.
They are: Christina Rebata, Arizona State (Casa Grande); Erica Cunningham, San Francisco (Ursuline);; Coourtney Rebata, Humboldt State (Casa Grande); Jill Anderson, Humboldt State (Santa Rosa); Ashley Luis, Sonoma State (Casa Grande); Molly Schuster, San Francisco State (Analy); Ashley Smith, University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Analy); Shelby Nieto, Adelphi University (Windsor); Sarah Thompson, Western Oregon (Maria Carrillo).