Volleyball Signs Kelli Tennant of Chaparral High

Nov. 11, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Kelli Tennant of Chaparral High in Temecula, Calif., has signed a letter of intent with the two-time defending national champion USC women's volleyball team, head coach Mick Haley announced today.

'We're very excited to have Kelli joining our team next season,' said Haley, who is currently in his fourth season at Troy. 'We expect her to have an immediate impact as a player who can play both at outside hitter and middle blocker. She's having a banner year this season at Chaparral and we know she is only going to get better.'

Tennant, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter/middle blocker, is regarded as one of the top recruits in the class of 2005. As a junior, she helped lead Chapparal to the CIF Southern Section Division I Championship, the school's first sectional title in any sport. Despite missing the first two weeks of the season, she recorded a team-best 361 kills en route to the title and was named the 2003 CIF Southern Section Division I Co-MVP - the first Riverside-area player to ever win the honor.

Among her many honors in 2003, Tennant was named the Riverside Press-Enterprise Southwestern League MVP, Riverside Press-Enterprise Area Player of the Year (an honor she also garnered as a sophomore), The Californian's All-Valley Girls Volleyball Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Star second team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team.

Tennant will play for TCA Volleyball Club this season and spent the last three years with Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club.

On the international scene, Tennant trained with the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National Team and competed at the NORCECA Continental Championships in Winnipeg, Canada.

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