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Lindsey Knudsen commits to St. Mary’s

Posted: October 14, 2013 10:06 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2013 10:06 p.m.

Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen verbally committed to St. Mary's College last week.

Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen took full advantage of her two extra days off from school last week as students were given Monday and Tuesday off for fall break.

She took the extra time to mull the decision of where to play her college volleyball.

She made the decision official last week — St. Mary’s College.

“Once I put some thought into it, the choice became pretty clear,” said Knudsen, who is an outside hitter and second-year varsity player for Valencia’s volleyball team that sits at first place in the Foothill League.

She was a Foothill League second teamer last year as a sophomore.

Knudsen verbally accepted the full-ride scholarship offer, which she originally received in late July. The offer is to play both indoor and sand volleyball at the school since the two programs are tied together.

There were other NCAA Division I offers on the table, but she ultimately chose St. Mary’s because of the campus, the coaches and the opportunity to play her two favorite positions.

She said St. Mary’s recruited her as a setter, but also said she’ll be able to play as a hitter.

“It kind of came down to where I would have the best chance to thrive,” the Valencia junior said.

St. Mary’s is located in Moraga located just northeast of San Francisco. The college competes in the West Coast Conference and is currently 10-5 and 33rd in the latest NCAA Division I rankings.

Also competing in the WCC is Pepperdine University, where Lindsey’s older sister Delaney is a freshman for the sand volleyball team.

Because sand volleyball is a newly sanctioned NCAA sport, not all teams have been organized into official conferences. But there’s a chance the two sisters may face off at some point.


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