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Maddy White to Play Beach Volleyball at USC

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame Prep senior Maddy White has signed to play beach volleyball at the University of Southern California.

“It has been a long time coming and a lot of hard work put in even after the commitment,” said White. “I have been putting a lot of work to be ready for the next level. When I committed, I do not think I took that seriously enough. I am ready for that finally. It is exciting to make it official.”

White will play for the nationally ranked Trojan program and head coach Dain Blanton, an Olympic Gold Medalist. USC won the NCAA title in 2021 and captured titles in 2016 and 2017.

“USC is a great program, great school and in a great location,” said White. “The deciding factor was me was the coach and coaching staff. I really like our coach Blanton. He was an Olympic Gold Medalist and coaching is really at a high level.”

White, who transferred to Notre Dame Prep from Monte Vista High School in California, will study Business Administration at USC.

“It was the best high school season I have ever had,” said White of her junior season. “We had such great team chemistry, and everyone worked so well together. It was a cool experience to get to play here and get know people so well that I might not have met otherwise. We did not get the result we wanted but everyone learned a lot and grew as people and volleyball players.”

She suffered a late season injury that kept her out of the playoffs but White was named the West Valley Region Offensive Player of the Year and the 4A All-Conference first team for her play. She was second on the team with 141 kills at a 3.7 per set rate while hitting a team-best .341. The Saints reached the state championship game.

“I learned a lot of hard life lessons during the recovery process,” recalled White. “It is a lot of hard work. I am grateful for the experience. I learned to take something so outwardly negative into something positive. It was an important lesson for me. Not everything will go your way or is perfect. I am honestly glad I got to go through it. As sad as I am it ended my season, but I learned it is not always about volleyball.”

She is hoping to be able play for the Saints this spring on the sand. White is one of nine Saints participating in the Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday.

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