SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State 12th-year head coach Ruben Volta announced the signing of Clackamas High School middle blocker Kalani Hayes to a National Letter of Intent, and she will enroll at the University as a freshman in the fall.
Hayes is the third signee of the 2019 class, and she joins middle blocker Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin (Davis Senior High School/Five Starz Volleyball Club) and outside/rightside hitter Karlee Soderberg (Centennial Collegiate High School/Saskatoon Smash Volleyball Club).
Hayes, a six-foot middle blocker, played four years of varsity volleyball and varsity basketball at Clackamas High School. In volleyball, she was a four-time all Mt. Hood League selection, including first team during both her junior and senior seasons, and honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore. During her senior season in 2018, she was also named honorable mention all-state.
Hayes helped the Cavaliers to a combined four-year record of 85-28 overall and 48-12 in league play. That included the 2016 season, when she was named all-tournament at the state championship after helping Clackamas to a state runner-up finish. In the state championship game, Hayes posted 10 kills and five blocks against Central Catholic High School, and received the game MVP honors.
In both 2016 and 2018, Hayes was the recipient of Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar Athlete accolades, an honor awarded to a select group of student-athletes based on their academic and athletic achievements.
The Clackamas, Ore., native plays club volleyball for the Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy.
Hayes also excelled on the basketball court, where she was a four-time first team all-Mt. Hood League selection, including the conference's Player of the Year as a junior. In both 2018 and 2019, she was named first team all-state by USA Today.
"Kalani is extremely athletic, and could have played either collegiate volleyball or basketball," Volta said. "We are fortunate she decided to play volleyball because she is very athletic minded and has a good sense for the game. She has so much potential, and I like her fast arm swing and ability to attack."
Last season, Sacramento State finished 16-16 overall and 11-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets were 10-5 at home, and three players were named all-conference.
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