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A number of local volleyball players committed to play for Division 1 programs last week.

Brighton High volleyball standout Cassandra Ricketts committed to American University. Ricketts, a right-side hitter, helped the Bengals to a 5A title this season.

She had other trips scheduled, but once she visited the campus of the Patriots, she said she didn't need to take any other trips.

"I met all of the girls and the coaches, and they were just the most amazing people I'd ever met," said Ricketts, who is a 4.0 student and currently ranked No. 1 out of 620 students at Brighton High. "I felt like I'd known the girls for a long time."

The Sterling Scholar and Academic All-State winner hopes to go to medical school and said being able to go to college on a scholarship is a dream come true.

Pleasant Grove's Whitney Mendivil, a six-foot outside hitter, signed with Sacramento State University this week.

She helped the team to a 5A title in 2005 and this year she averaged 2.7 kills and two digs in each game. Mendivil is also an honor student, maintaining a 3.96 GPA, and was also an Academic All-State honoree.

"Whitney is a very aggressive attacker and blocker, and that is what we want in the front row," said coach Debby Colberg. "She comes from a very good club program, and I like her size. She puts up a good block, hits a nice ball and can also pass."

American Fork outside hitter Alisha King signed with Boise State last week. She helped the Cavemen to a fifth-place finish in the state tournament this season and is one of the state's best blockers.

"Boise State is picking up a great player," American Fork High School head coach Chad Murray said. "She has learned to be a great leader, she loves the game and she is an all-around great person. We are going to have some big shoes to fill on this team next season."


Three local basketball players have verbally committed to play for local colleges recently.

Delta shooting guard Shaylee Nielsen verbally committed to play for Snow College in 2007. She led the Rabbits in scoring, assists and steals and was selected to the region 8 all-region team last season. She was also an Academic All-State honoree in volleyball this year, and was second team in softball her sophomore season. Nielsen is excited to play for Cyndi Lawrence and the Lady Badgers.

Orem center Jamie Sagers verbally committed to SUU. Sagers led the Tigers to a 4A Title last season.

Bingham post player Megan Marks signed with BYU last week. Marks helped the Miners to the semifinals last season and helped her volleyball team to a region title this season.

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