Pacific women's volleyball: Tigers Bolster 2010 Roster With A Pair Of Transfers
Adding to the list of incoming players for the 2010 season, head coach Greg Gibbons has announced the signings of Hannah Clancy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) from Dayton and Koala Matsuoka (Wahiawa, Hawaii) from George Mason. The duo will transfer into Pacific at the start of the 2010-11 academic year to begin play with the Tigers. Clancy and Matsuoka join Siga Applegate (Las Vegas, Nev.), Megan Birch (Monroe, Wash.), Taeler Davis (Phelan, Calif.), Sam Misa (St. George, Utah) and Jennifer Sanders (Katy, Texas) as new Tigers for the upcoming season.
A 6-0 setter, Clancy comes back to her home state after spending her freshman season at Dayton University. In her first season of collegiate action, Clancy helped lead the Flyers to the Atlantic 10 championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament after posting an impressive 30-4 overall record and a nearly perfect conference record of 14-1. Playing in a 6-2 offense, Clancy split time at the setter position en route to posting a 644 assists in 131 sets played. As a freshman, Clancy played in all 34 matches for the Flyers and posted 42 kills, 135 digs and 24 blocks on the year.
Prior to Dayton, Clancy graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where she was a three-time team MVP. Additionally, Clancy was named the Marmonte League Player of the Year twice, as both a junior and senior, while earning first team all-league honors as a sophomore. As a junior, Clancy was named the Ventura Star Player of the year while earning first team all-county honors, a feat she would repeat as a senior.
"Hannah brings a tremendous amount of poise at the setter position and is regarded as one of the top setters due to her decision-making, set location, and her feel for the game," stated Gibbons.
Also transferring to Pacific in the fall, Matsuoka comes to the Tigers out of George Mason University where she spent her freshman season as a Libero for the Patriots. Playing in 21 matches her freshman season, Matsuoka was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Rookie Team. Matsuoka finished her inaugural campaign second on the team in digs with 264 on the year as she posted a team-best 3.47 digs per set. In 13 of her 21 matches, Matsuoka hit the double-digit dig plateau while posting a season-high 29 digs against William & Mary on November 6, a mark which stands as the fourth-best single game total in George Mason program history.
A graduate of Kamehameha School in Kapalama, Matsuoka helped lead her team to the 2009 Hawaii state championship after earning Oceanic Cable Team Player Award honors in her only year on playing varsity volleyball. In addition to volleyball, Matsuoka also excelled as a varsity basketball, soccer and paddling team member during her athletic career.
"Koala earned post-season honors in the CAA last season and brings a confidence and drive in her that is exactly what we need at the libero position," said Gibbons. "She is the type of player that wants to pass half the court and is a vocal leader to her teammates."
"We already have a solid recruiting class for this upcoming season and it just got a lot better. Hannah and Koala are both intense competitors with high volleyball IQs who bring NCAA Division I Championship experience with them."