Women's Volleyball
    USC Adds Three Players For 2012 Season

    Nov. 23, 2011

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    LOS ANGELES -- Three high school players have committed to play women's volleyball at USC for the 2012 season, USC head coach Mick Haley announced today. The players are: 6-4 middle blocker Alicia Ogoms (Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)/St. Mary's Academy), 5-11 setter/outside hitter Cinnamon Sary (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) and 6-1 middle blocker Kiara Wright (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS).

    "We got a great skill position player with two tremendous athletes and we are excited about their possibilities down the road," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "We felt that with a skilled sophomore class that we have, we were able to add some athleticism and size with this class. We believe all three players will show great improvement as they go along."

    USC is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation according to the AVCA coaches' poll and set to make its 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament which will begin next week.

    Here are detailed profiles of the incoming players:

    Alicia Ogoms, 6-4 middle blocker (Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)/St. Mary's Academy) -- Ogoms plays at St. Mary's Academy for coach Christine Rewniak. This season, she was named most valuable player for the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference. She was named Player of the Game for the 2011 Selkirk Tournament Finals and named an all-star for the St. Mary's Invitational Tournament as she currently leads the team in blocks and service aces. Her team this season finished first in the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference with a perfect 12-0 record. She led St. Mary's Academy to three straight first-place finishes at the Top 8 Debate Tournament. As a 2010 junior, she was part of the WWAC championship squad and named as an all-conference All-Star. She was ranked No. 6 among players in her province and named her school's athlete of the year while leading her team to a second-place finish at the Manitoba Club Provincial Championship. Along with her volleyball honors, she played basketball at St. Mary's and led her team to the provincial Final Four while being ranked fifth among provincial basketball players. She played club volleyball for the Cobras U-18 Team under coach Jonathan Hykawy. Her father, Joseph, was a basketball player at the University of Manitoba. He was a two-time All-Canadian selection in 1985 and 1986 and was a member of the Canadian National Team.

    "Alicia is a raw, but really outstanding athletic player with the potential to be an outstanding blocker at the Division I level," said Haley.

    Cinnamon Sary, 5-11 setter/outside hitter (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) -- Sary plays at Newport Harbor High for coach Dan Glenn with the team currently playing in the 2011 CIF state championship. She led Newport Harbor with 13 kills as an outside hitter in a three-set loss in the CIF-SS Division I-AA championship final against Los Alamitos and has earned all-tournament team honors in three tournaments this season. She was named to the AVCA All-America watch list prior to her 2011 senior season. She earned All-CIF Division I-AA and all-county first team honors in her 2010 junior season, along with being selected to the U.S. Junior Beach Volleyball traveling team. She earned most valuable player honors at the 2010 Junior Olympics after leading her squad to the National Division title while playing club volleyball at Orange County Volleyball Club for coach Charlie Brande. As a sophomore at Newport Harbor, she was named ESPN Rise Sophomore of the Year and earned all-state, All-CIF and all-league first team honors while leading Newport Harbor to the Division I state, CIF-SS Division I-AA and Sunset League championships. That year, she was selected to the U.S. Junior Beach Volleyball training team.

    "Cinnamon is an athlete that can play indoor or for our sand program," said Haley. "Her passing and defensive skills are exceptional. She is a highly-skilled player."

    Kiara Wright, 6-1 middle blocker (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS) -- Wright was named by ESPN as one of the Top 25 players in the nation as well as being ranked No. 13 in the nation by Prep Volleyball while playing at Clear Lake High for coach Chanda Eager. She was listed on the 2011 AVCA Under Armour All-America watch list. During her 2011 senior season, she earned District 24-5A and LoneStarVolleyball.com All-Texas first team honors. As a junior, she was named as all-state honoree by the Texas Girls Coaches Association and earned Texas Sports Writers Association and Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston Volleyball second team honors. She was named to the Top 50 Legends of the Fall in 2010 by VYPE Magazine and earned All-VYPE Magazine Houston Area first team recognition. She was named 2010 District 24-5A Offensive Player of the Year and earned all-district first team honors. Her 2010 team won the Texas Region III state 5A area championship and reached the quarterfinals in the playoffs. Wright plays club volleyball for Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas for coach Katy Garza. Her club team finished fifth in the National Division at the 2011 USAV Junior Nationals and was a member of the squad that won the bronze medal at the 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament of Champions. Along with her volleyball exploits, Wright competed on the track team and finished second in the high jump for the 2011 5A girls' state championship.

    "Kiara has tremendous physical potential for us. It remains to be seen what position we will move her into next year, but we know she will make an impact," said Haley.