USC Men's Volleyball Signs 4 Prep Standouts
Nov. 16, 2007
Four talented high school volleyball players-Tony Ciarelli of Huntington Beach (Calif.) High, Clay Knapp of Laguna Beach (Calif.) High, Tucker Peleuses of Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach (Calif.) and Steven Shandrick of Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.)-have signed letters of intent with USC, Trojan men's volleyball head coach Bill Ferguson announced today (Nov. 16).
"This is another fantastic group of volleyball players, both athletically, academically and character-wise," said Ferguson, who will welcome these players in the fall of 2008. "We signed the players we wanted and the players we needed. All four of them will be able to compete immediately and will add a tremendous amount of depth to our roster."
Ciarelli, a 6-6 outside hitter, earned All-CIF Division I second team, Los Angeles Times All-Star second team, Orange County Register All-Orange County third team and All-Seaview League Co-MVP honors as a junior in 2007. He was the MVP of the 2007 International Youth Boys division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships as his team won a bronze medal. He made the 16-and-Under All-Tournament team at the 2006 Junior Olympics as his club won the 16s gold medal. His parents were standout players and currently coach at Tony's high school: father, Rocky, played at Long Beach State (1977-79) and was an assistant coach there (he also played some pro beach volleyball in the 1980s and competed in numerous indoor USVBA Opens), while his mother, Cammy (Chalmers), played at UCLA and then won 14 pro beach tournaments in the early 1990s (mainly with Holly McPeak).
Knapp, a 6-2 libero, made the 2007 All-CIF Division II second team as a junior. He was on the 16-and-Under All-Tournament team at the 2006 Junior Olympics as his club won the 16s gold medal.
Peleuses, a 6-4 outside hitter, was named to the 2007 Orange Coast Daily Pilot Dream Team first team and All-Sunset League first team as a junior while recording 345 kills, 75 blocks and 20 aces. He was a member of the gold medal 16-and-Under team at the 2006 Junior Olympics.
Shandrick, a 6-7 middle blocker, made the 2007 All-Trinity League first team as a junior. He was on the16-and-Under All-Tournament team at the 2006 Junior Olympics as his club won the 16s bronze medal.