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Volleyball Standout McKenna Douglas to Play at San Diego State

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame Prep senior volleyball libero McKenna Douglas has committed to play at San Diego State University for the Aztecs and will sign with the program on Nov. 10.

“I chose SDSU because of the volleyball coaching staff, its location, and the school’s amazing academics,” said Douglas. “I am super excited to bring my talent to SDSU and make an impact in the program. I cannot wait to play on such a competitive team, in front of amazing fans and travel to places that I have never been to before.”

Douglas was named to the MaxPreps Preseason All-America second team prior to the season, one of 52 players in the nation to earn preseason accolades.

“I was so honored to have been recognized as a MaxPreps All-American because I have put so much work over the years to get to where I am today,” said Douglas. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the coaches and teammates that I have had along the way.”

After her junior season, she was named to the All-Arizona volleyball team by the Arizona Republic. In 2020, she led the team with 227 digs (4.2 per set) and aces (46), totals that ranked eighth and sixth in the 4A, as the team went 17-1 on the season and reached the AIA 4A State Championship. Douglas was also a 4A All-Conference and West Valley All-Region first-team selection and was chosen as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ at the team banquet.

“The intangibles are what make McKenna special,” said NDP head coach Holly McLean. “She has great energy, leadership skills and commitment to executing the play. She has great tenacity and will go after everything.”

Douglas will play for Head Coach Brent Hillard, who took over the SDSU program in January 2020. A 2018 inductee to the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame, Hilliard arrived at SDSU with a wealth of experience after achieving 19 years of unparalleled success as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego, where he served as the Toreros’ associate head coach since 2007. He played for Team USA in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where he helped the Americans capture the bronze medal. The staff also includes former Olympian Steve Timmons.

“I absolutely love the coaching staff,” said Douglas. “They are all so funny and nice and at the same time push their team to be the best that they can. They have big plans for the program, and I am so excited that I get to be a part of it.”

Douglas was able to take her official visit this fall, and it solidified her decision.

“I was so excited to finally meet my future teammates in person,” said Douglas. “Seeing them for the first time and giving them all hugs was amazing. Also putting on one of the jerseys felt so good and was so surreal.”

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