By Hector Gama |Staff Writer|
With each new season, there are high hopes and expectations for this group of women.
The upcoming year is no different.
With the departure of two seniors, the volleyball team was in need of skilled and talented replacements.
Recently, Cherniss announced that Brittney Paino of Villa Park, CA and McKella Williams of Phoenix, AZ have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play for the “Yotes next season.
Both individuals played outside hitter in high school and Cherniss explained both have the ability to perform well for the nationally recognized CSUSB program.
I asked Cherniss what she felt these two recruits would bring to the table next season.
“Brittney Pano is a great attacker. She’ll be an immediate offensive contributor,” said Cherniss.
Meanwhile, Williams is more of a project with a high upside.
“Williams is kind of an investment type player. We are hoping she grows into an impact player,” said Cherniss.
Paino is a 5-foot-10 outside hitter who earned all-league honors in each of her four years at Villa Park High School. She was ranked among the top 25 outside hitters in Orange County this past season, earned athlete of the year honors, and participated in the Junior Olympics.
Williams is a 6-foot outside hitter.
Paino played at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. She was named to the top 12 players list in the state of Arizona and earned first-team all-region and all-state honorable mention honors.
After last year’s success, there is a certain pressure to perform next season but Cherniss seems not to be affected.
“I’m having the time of my life and I don’t think of it as pressure to continue to do that,” said Cherniss.
While Cherniss isn’t feeling the heat, students definitely have high expectations for the team.
But the recent success has had to have an effect on the expectations for the team coming into the season, even for Cherniss.
“I do have expectation of us competing enough to make it back to the elite eight. I feel good with what we’re going in with,” said Cherniss.
With the additions of Paino and Williams it appears that our women’s volleyball’s winning ways are here to stay.