Moss, Resnick, Douglas, Cook Sign With USC Men's Volleyball|
Nov. 14, 2014
Four standout high school volleyball players--6-8 outside hitter Ryan Moss of Corona del Mar (Calif.) High, 6-7 middle blocker Tyler Resnick of Newbury Park (Calif.), 5-10 libero Matt Douglas of Loyola High in Los Angeles, Calif., and 6-2 outside hitter Woody Cook of Oak Park (Calif.) High--have signed letters of intent with the USC men's volleyball team and will join the Trojan program in the fall of 2015, USC head coach Bill Ferguson announced today (Nov. 13).
"This class addresses needs we have at every position and will insure that we will have a deep team through the 2019 season," said Ferguson. "Moss is a big, strong hitter who hits a heavy ball. Resnick is a big, physical presence in the middle. Douglas is one of the most gifted players in the nation in this recruiting class. Cook is a great server who will give us good depth on the outside."
Moss earned 2014 Orange County Register All-Orange County honorable mention notice as a junior. He also plays basketball at Corona del Mar. His Balboa Bay Volleyball Club won silver medals at the 2014 (Open 17) and 2013 (Open 16) Junior Olympics, and he made the All-Tournament team both years.
Resnick, who also plays water polo at Newbury Park, was a member of the Bones Volleyball Club that won a bronze medal in the Open 17 division of the 2014 Junior Olympics. He was on the 2013 USA Volleyball Under 16 High Performance A1 Training Team.
Douglas was a member of the USA Volleyball Under 17 Boys Youth National Team. His Santa Monica Beach Club team won a bronze medal in the Open 16 division of the 2013 Junior Olympics and he made the All-Tournament team. He also teamed with Woody Cook to win a gold medal in the Under 14 division of the 2011 AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships. His late grandfather, Jon Douglas, was a 2-sport star at Stanford, lettering at quarterback in 1956 to 1957 (he was the starter in 1957) and was the school's first All-American tennis player in 1957 and 1958 (he was the NCAA singles and doubles runner-up in 1958), then was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 from 1960 to 1962 and played on the 1958, 1961 and 1962 U.S. Davis Cup teams (he is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame).
Cook was the 2014 All-Tri-Valley League MVP as a junior while getting 273 kills, 28 blocks, 89 digs and 14 aces. As a 2013 sophomore, he made the Ventura County Star All-County first team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team and All-Tri-Valley League first team while posting 344 kills, 34 blocks, 91 digs and 23 aces. As a freshman in 2012, he was the Los Angeles Daily News Newcomer of the Year and made All-Tri-Valley League honorable mention with 99 kills, 20 blocks, 33 digs and 9 aces as Oak Park was the CIF Division II champion and California state runner-up. His Santa Monica Beach Club team won a bronze medal in the Open 16 division of the 2013 Junior Olympics and a silver in the Open 14s at the 2011 Junior Olympics. He also teamed with Matt Douglas to win a gold medal in the Under 14 division of the 2011 AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships. His father, Scott Cook, played volleyball at USC in 1986, helping the Trojans to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship after posting a 27-2 overall record and a 20-0 mark while winning the conference. His uncle is Chris Lewis, a 3-time (1976-78) All-American tennis player at USC who won the 1977 NCAA doubles crown (with Bruce Manson) and was a member of Troy's 1976 NCAA championship squad.
USC, which has won 4 NCAA titles and been to 14 NCAA Final Fours, is coming off a 16-11 season in 2014 in which it advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. The Trojans begin their 2015 regular season with a non-conference road match at Grand Canyon on Jan. 7 before opening MPSF play at home on Jan. 16 against Pepperdine.