Women's Volleyball Inks Three for 2005
Dec. 9, 2004
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's volleyball coach Nina Matthies announced the signing of three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent Thursday. Next year's 2005 class will include Cassandra Chamberlain from Lakewood, Calif., Caitlin Lawson from Walnut Creek, Calif., and Julie Rubenstein from Camarillo, Calif.
Chamberlain is a versatile 6-foot-3 athlete who can play middle blocker or outside hitter. The 2004 Division I first team all-CIF honoree lettered all four years at Lakewood High School. Chamberlin was named to the all-Moore League first team three times, tabbed Press Telegram and LA Times Athlete of the Week during her prep career as well as a Prep Volleyball.com Top 100. A standout in the classroom as well as on the court, she was a four-time scholar athlete and four-time academic all-CIF selection. Her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom earned her a place in the Lakewood Youth Hall-of-Fame as well Lakewood High School Athlete of the Year (2003-04), Student of the Year awards (2003-04) and earned the first ever Champions for Character Award issued by the CIF-Southern Section. The highly sought after Chamberlain choose Pepperdine over UCLA.
Lawson, a 6-2 outside hitter from Carondelet High School, was a four-time Bay Valley Athletic League first team selection who twice earned Bay Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player honors. The highly-decorated Lawson was most recently selected as Cal Hi Sports Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as Contra Coastal Times Player of the Year and Sports Focus Player of the Year. A 2003 and 2004 Times Top 100 Prep Athlete Award winner and Prep Volleyball Top 100 was a two-time all-Contra Costa Times Team selection (2003 & 2004), while her city beach team took home the silver medal in the 2004 17 Open Junior Olympics.
Rubenstein signed a letter of intent with Pepperdine out of Oaks Christian School in near-by Camarillo. The 6-4 outside hitter is a Prep Volleyball.com Top 100 senior. Rubenstein was a 2004 second team all-CIF selection and a LA Daily News first team all-region honoree. She was tabbed Most Valuable Player of her high school team and named Best Offensive Player while earning 2003 Frontier League first team recognition.
"This year's signees are all incredible young women who have excelled not only on the court, but in the classroom and the community as well," noted Matthies. "Each one will have the opportunity to step in and compete for a starting position as a freshman and will just add to the team's overall athleticism."