ANGWIN, Calif. - Head Coach Paul Castillo has announced his first two signings to his 2017-18 recruiting class; incoming freshman setter, Tiana Whittington and transfer middle, Lindsay VanDenburgh.
With his two senior setters set to graduate this June, Paul Castillo is thrilled to announce the singing of setter Tiana Whittington. A native to San Gabriel, Calif, Tiana is finishing up her senior year at San Gabriel Adventist Academy where she has been playing competitive sports for the past six years.
As a four-year starting varsity setter and three-year varsity captain, Whittington helped lead her team to three consecutive Westside League Championships (2013, 2014, 2015), four CIF Southern Section playoff appearances (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), a CIF Southern Section Division 9 Championship, and a CIF Division 5 Regional semifinal appearance. Whittington has also received multiple individual awards: Westside League 2nd team (2013), Westside League MVP (2014, 2015), All CIF-SS Division 5 1st Team (2015), one of Maxpreps' Division 5 "Best California Players" (2016), Top 25 All San Gabriel Valley (2016), and CIF-SS Division 9 Player of the Year (2016).
In addition to playing, Tiana is also an active volleyball coach. She currently coaches an after-school sports program for kids ages 6-12 and is the student assistant coach for the San Gabriel Academy Men's Varsity Volleyball team.
While at PUC Tiana plans to major in Nursing.
"The people and the welcoming atmosphere played such a huge role in my decision to play at PUC. The girls on the team made me feel like I was already apart of the family. Above all ,God definitely influenced my decision to be at PUC." states Tiana Whittington.
Coach Castillo's second signee is Napa College transfer, Lindsay VanDenburgh. A Napa Valley native, VanDenburgh attended and played volleyball at Vintage High School and competed and played club volleyball at Evolve for six years. Her college career began at Napa College where she helped lead her team to a second place finish in the Bay Valley Conference standings and a playoff appearance (2015-16).
Off the court, VanDenburgh has spent years volunteering at the local Boys and Girls club and multiple middle schools. Already attending and enrolled at PUC, VanDenburgh is majoring in Education and plans to become an elementary school teacher.
"I came to PUC because I felt like God was calling me here. Already being on campus, it was a natural fit to play volleyball! I love being active, and volleyball is the sport I have committed myself to," states Lindsay VanDenburgh on her recent signing.