A born Bruin

Prep v-ball: West Ranch’s Ja­cobs com­mits to UCLA

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Staff Writer

When it came to choos­ing a col­lege, West Ranch vol­ley­ball’s Al­li­son Ja­cobs lis­tened to her gut.

“Wed­nes­day night I was talking to my mom, and I just got up and I sat down next her on the couch, and I said, ‘I know where I want to go. I want to go to UCLA,’” Ja­cobs said.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, she called Bru­ins vol­ley­ball head coach Michael Sealy to tell him that she ac­cepted the pro­gram’s of­fer.

She then called the as­sis­tant coaches, then her fam­ily.

“It was re­as­sur­ing be­cause they all sup­ported it 100 per­cent,” Ja­cobs said. “That’s where they wanted me to go. They weren’t al­lowed to give me bias be­fore. It was so fun with all the sup­port.”

Although Ja­cobs will only be en­ter­ing her sopho­more sea­son as a Wild­cat, she’s pretty pos­i­tive she made the right choice.

“I re­ally be­lieve that if I fol­lowed my

gut and if I do have any con­cerns, I’m al­ways go­ing to be close to home so I can al­ways come home,” she said.

Hav­ing a Bru­ins fam­ily lin­eage helped the de­ci­sion, too. Her fa­ther, Brian, played foot­ball for UCLA and met his wife, Tri­cia, at the school.

Ja­cobs’ sis­ter, Katie, who grad­u­ated from West Ranch last year, will be join­ing the Bru­ins vol­ley­ball team this up­com­ing sea­son.

“I’ve been to UCLA so many times, just grow­ing up there, so I’m com­fort­able there al­ready,” Al­li­son Ja­cobs said.

In ad­di­tion to vol­ley­ball, Ja­cobs also played soc­cer and track and field for West Ranch. She said that she in­tends to re­main a tri-sport ath­lete in the com­ing years.

Ja­cobs also com­peted in the USA Vol­ley­ball High Per­for­mance cham­pi­onships July 18-22 in Fort Laud­erdale, Flor­ida, and earned third place with her team.

At 15 years old, she com­peted in the ju­nior di­vi­sion, a group that typ­i­cally in­cludes 18 and 19 years old. She was even named to the all-tour­na­ment team.

Cour­tesy photo

West Ranch ris­ing sopho­more Al­li­son Ja­cobs com­mit­ted to UCLA for vol­ley­ball on Thurs­day.

Katharine Lotze/The Sig­nal

West Ranch’s Al­li­son Ja­cobs, right, goes for a kill as Sau­gus’ Gabby Scheisser jumps to block dur­ing a vol­ley­ball match at West Ranch on Septem­ber 29.

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