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UCLA Beach Volleyball Inks Five Standouts

Jan 3, 2022
The class includes five student-athletes from three different states (Texas, Illinois, and California).

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA Beach Volleyball Head Coach Stein Metzger unveiled the program's highly-touted recruiting class, as the Bruins signed five student-athletes from three different states to National Letters of Intent. The class includes Ensley Alden (Carlsbad, Calif./San Marcos HS), Maggie Boyd (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus HS), Kenzie Brower (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central HS), Macey Butler (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS), and Ky Vaickus (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla HS).

The talented group will enter UCLA in the fall of 2022 as freshmen and will become members of the 2023 UCLA Beach Volleyball team.

Ensley Alden | 5-10 | Carlsbad, Calif. | San Marcos HS
Alden was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the San Marcos High School indoor volleyball team, playing as an outside hitter, right-side hitter, and setter. She was named an AVCA 2021 High School All-Region performer and the League Player of the Year in 2021. Alden was also a First-Team All-CIF selection in 2019 and 2021 and was also selected to the 2021 AVCA Best and Brightest list. She was named Second-Team All-League in 2019 and garnered All-CIF Honorable Mention honors in 2018. She played club with Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club and earned JVA Best in Beach in 2021. She was also the AVP America Athlete of the Week for March 2021 and was a runner-up at the U16 AAU's.

Alden on why she chose UCLA:
"Ever since I started playing volleyball, UCLA's programs in both the sand and on the court appeared very impressive to me. I honestly never thought that one day I would end up a part of the beach volleyball program. The amazing coaching staff and overall appeal of the school is what drew me closer to the idea of UCLA when it came time to recruiting. I knew the campus and location in Westwood was beautiful, not to mention it's only a few hours drive from my home in Carlsbad. It still feels surreal to me that I'll be spending the next chapter of my life at UCLA."

Maggie Boyd | 5-11 | Flower Mound, Texas | Marcus HS
Boyd was a four-year letterwinner on the indoor volleyball team at Marcus High School as an outside hitter. Her honors include AVCA Texas Player of the Week, All-America Regional Team, First-Team All-District, District Hitter of the Year, and AVCA Best and Brightest list. She played her club volleyball at MadSand Beach Volleyball Club where she was a seven-time National Champion. She also earned the JVA Best in Beach Award, was named a P1440 Rising Star and spent time on the USA Volleyball National Training and Development Team.

Boyd on why she chose UCLA:
"I chose to attend UCLA because it had always been a dream of mine to play beach volleyball as a Bruin!! I fell in love with the campus and the competitive atmosphere the school has."

Kenzie Brower | 6-1 | Naperville, Ill. | Naperville Central HS
Brower was a four-year letterwinner on the indoor volleyball team at Naperville Central High School. She played her club volleyball with Team One. Naperville won the school's first regional championship in 10 years when Brower was a sophomore in 2019.

Brower on why she chose UCLA:
"It has always been my dream to go to California and be able to play beach volleyball, and UCLA has great academics as well as a great beach volleyball team."

Macey Butler | 5-11 | Austin, Texas | Westlake HS
Butler earned one varsity letter in her only year on the Westlake High School indoor volleyball team as an outside hitter and defensive speciality. She played club with AJV Sand. She was a finalist at the 2021 AVP Championships in Hermosa and at the AAU National Championship in 2019. She finished third at the BVCA Pairs Championship in 2019 and was also a third-place finisher at the Women's Open Manhattan Beach in 2021. Butler finished fifth at the U19 World Championships and was a finalist at the P1440 Southwest Championships, receiving Best of Texas recognition for Best Blocker in 2020. A finalist at the 2019 AVP Austin Open in the U18 division, she was a member of the USA Volleyball High Performance NDTP A1 team from 2018-21. Butler also was a finalist in the 2019 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and placed third in the 2021 USAV High Performance Championships.

Butler on why she chose UCLA:
"I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus. I love the coaching staff, and the team camaraderie that they have established."

Ky Vaickus | 5-9 | San Diego, Calif. | La Jolla HS
Vaickus was a four-year letterwinner on the indoor volleyball team at La Jolla High School. She was named First-Team All-Western League and was named to the AVCA Phenom Watch List in 2020. She also collected a CIF Regional All-Academic award.

Vaickus on why she chose UCLA:
"UCLA has undoubtedly been my dream school, long before I began playing volleyball at a highly competitive level. The atmosphere of student life, as well as the academic prestige are two main reasons why I chose to attend UCLA."