Nov 15, 2012 8:05 PM by Andrew Masuda
After nearly thirty student-athletes from Arroyo Grande High's Class of 2012 signed national letters of intent or walk-on opportunities, Alyssa Koenig and Hannah Wadlow became the first from the school's Class of 2013 to make their verbal commitments official.
Koenig, a four year member of the AG varsity girls volleyball team, signed a national letter of intent to the University of Utah. The Utes are 12-17 so far this season and 3-13 in Pac-12 Conference play. "It's so exciting. I never thought that I would be playing in the Pac 12 it's a great opportunity and I can't wait to play to play at the next level. It's something new and I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone," said Koenig.
Utah coaches discovered her during a club tournament in Las Vegas. They want her to play middle blocker, a position she hasn't played since her sophomore year at AGHS.
Koenig ranked second on the Pac 7 League champion Eagles this season with 219 kills. She led AG with 265 kills her junior season and contributed 159 kills her sophomore season.
Wadlow signed on the dotted line to play women's water polo at Sonoma State. The Seawolves are a Division II program that includes former AG High star Alex May. Wadlow earned a scholarship despite serving as a back-up goalie to Kylie Anderson last year on AG's league championship squad. However, Wadlow made the most of an opportunity to start during the summer at Junior Olympics and caught the eye of Sonoma coaches.
"I've been working my butt off and I finally got a chance to shine and I'm so grateful that I caught the eye of coach Simmons at Sonoma," said Wadlow, who plans to major in Liberal Studies to become an elementary school teacher.
Koenig plans to major in business at Utah.
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