La Cañada High outside hitters prepare for two moves

Volleyball: Micaela Anderson, Kendall Walbrecht will look to put together big senior seasons at La Cañada before heading off to their respective colleges.

August 29, 2012|By Andrew Shortall,
  • La Cañada High outside hitter Kendall Walbrecht, who verbally committed to play for UC Davis in September 2011, will look to finish her high school career strong.
La Cañada High outside hitter Kendall Walbrecht,… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

Kendall Walbrecht and Micaela Anderson made the transition to La Cañada High girls' varsity volleyball early by becoming key contributors for Spartans Coach Brock Turner as freshmen.

The duo, which arguably gives the Spartans the best outside hitter combination in the area, had their college plans already set before their senior seasons began. The 6-foot-2 Walbrecht verbally committed to UC Davis in September of 2011 and Anderson, who stands at 6-1, decided on Rutgers University on May 11.

“Good for them,” Turner said. “They are both four-year varsity players and I know they’ve worked hard not only on my team but in the club environment, as well.”

Before Anderson and Walbrecht take their talents away from La Cañada, they’ll be asked to shoulder a bigger load on offense and defense for the Spartans this year.

In their three years at La Cañada, they’ve rarely been on the court at the same time during matches.


Turner will use both Anderson and Walbrecht on the back row this year to have them both on the floor at the same time — something they’ve rarely been asked to do for the Spartans the past three years — to compensate for the absence of starting middle blocker Katie Pierce, who is expected to be out until mid-October with a bone contusion.

It means Anderson and Walbrecht will be asked to serve-receive and play a lot more defense as seniors. It’s not foreign territory for them, as they’ve played on the back row for their San Gabriel Valley Elite Volleyball Club’s 17 Roshambo squad in the past.

“I haven’t played back row before for Brock, but I am excited Micaela and I will be leaders on the team and will play all around the floor,” Walbrecht said.

Anderson said the early committal has been like “a weight off her shoulders” and inspired her heading into her final high school campaign.

“If anything it's going to make me work even harder because I know I have to get better to play at that level,” said Anderson, who said she’d also received offers from the Alabama at Birmingham, Houston, Southern Utah and the Cincinnati.

Walbrecht selected UC Davis because she knew a few players on the team and liked the level of competition the Aggies see each year as a NCAA Division I school in the Big West Conference.

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