Recruiting Stories

Class of 2022

Nicole De Oliveira - FGCU

Morgan Downs - South Carolina

Kelly McConekey - UNF

Virginia Blair Trost - South Carolina

Class of 2021

Addie Bounds - Cal Poly

Zoe Crow - Alabama-Birmingham

Malia Graff - Tennessee-Chattanooga

Jenny Ille - Carson Newman

Wiio Meinheit - Southern Mississippi

Emma Morris - Stanford

Julianna Quintero - Pepperdine

Tessa Rogers - UNCW

Kristen Schenck - South Carolina

Chase Teal - South Carolina

Lauren Wilcock - South Carolina

Class of 2020

Gabi Bramante - Stetson

Skylar Buckley - Mississippi State (Indoor)

Hannah Bunton - St. Andrews (Indoor)

Lauren Della - Stetson

Maddie Hart - Tampa

Makenzie Leblond - Stephen F. Austin

Gia Marinelli - Tampa

Kaley McLaughlin - Coastal Carolina

Class of 2019

Sarah Gasper - Southern Utah (Indoor)

Jenna Magner - Tampa

Logan Mosley - Virginia Tech (Indoor)

MORGAN DOWNS - SOUTH CAROLINA

CLASS OF 2022

Morgan was a stud on both the indoor and sand court for years, until she finally decided to focus only on beach volleyball her sophomore year. After her first year of full time beach, Morgan started to commute to Raleigh for recruiting help as well as high level training. Morgan is incredibly athletic, and quickly accumulated multiple D1 offers. In the end, she landed an offer at her dream school, and committed to play D1 beach as a South Carolina Gamecock! Go Morgan!

ADDIE BOUNDS - CAL POLY

CLASS OF 2022

Like many of our athletes, Addie was a beast in the indoor world before focusing only on beach volleyball. Addie committed to Cal Poly the summer before her junior year. After committing, Addie decided that she needed to commute from Maryland down to Raleigh on the weekends to train and compete with Sinjin. Addie - Cal Poly is getting a stud athlete, and we are thankful to have the opportunity to get you ready to compete with the Mustangs!

NICOLE DE OLIVEIRA - FLORIDA GULF COAST

CLASS OF 2022

Before her sophomore year of high school, Nicole chose to make the switch from indoor to pursue D1 beach volleyball. She quickly emerged as a stand out player on the east coast. Nicole wanted to stay on the east coast, and after touring many campuses and attending showcases, Nicole decided that Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, FL was the home for her. We love you Nicole and can't wait to see you kill it at FGCU! Go Eagles!!

JULIANNA QUINTERO - PEPPERDINE

CLASS OF 2021

Julianna "Juju" committed to Pepperdine long before training with Sinjin Beach. Juju's height, long arms and great vertical made her an obvious grab for the Waves. After competing against our players time and time again, Juju eventually decided to train with Sinjin Beach during her senior year before heading to Malibu. Juju, we hope all of the 5 hour drives from Virginia are worth it and can't wait to see you play at Pepperdine!

TESSA ROGERS - UNC WILMINGTON

CLASS OF 2021

Leading up to her junior year of high school, Tessa decided to pursue playing full-time on both indoor and beach volleyball club teams. In addition to balancing her school studies and a job, Tessa had at least 6 club practices a week, plus tournaments! After considering both indoor and beach offers, Tessa decided in July before her senior year that her college future was best spent playing D1 beach at UNCW. Congratulations Tessa! Go Seahawks!!

CHASE TEAL - SOUTH CAROLINA

CLASS OF 2021

Chase started playing beach full-time with us in 2017 as a freshman in high school. Chase went to many collegiate camps and several showcases. After talking with a number of different programs, Chase decided that South Carolina was her number one and committed to play D1 beach with them in October of her Sophomore year! Go Gamecocks!

KRISTEN SCHENCK - SOUTH CAROLINA

CLASS OF 2021

Kristen started playing beach full-time with us in 2018 as a sophomore in high school. Kristen had several offers to play beach, but her heart was always set on her dream school - South Carolina. Kristen's work ethic was unparalleled, and her work finally paid off when she committed to play beach at South Carolina in February of her Junior year! Go Gamecocks!

MAKENZIE LEBLOND - STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

CLASS OF 2020

Makenzie started playing beach as a sophomore in high school. In addition to training regularly at Sinjin, Makenzie went to many collegiate showcases, camps, and spent several weeks competing in California. 2 years after beginning her beach journey, Makenzie had multiple D1 offers, and ultimately decided to attend Stephen F. Austin in Texas!  Go Makenzie!!

GABI BRAMANTE - STETSON

CLASS OF 2020

Gabi switched to playing beach full time in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the sand. After Gabi joined our National Team in 2017, Sinjin Beach coaches worked to help guide her through the collegiate recruiting process of attending showcases and camps. Less than 5 months later, as a sophomore in high school, Gabi committed to playing D1 Beach Volleyball at Stetson University. Congrats Gabi!

GIA MARINELLI - TAMPA

CLASS OF 2020

Gia was recruited to the University of Tampa during her junior year while training with Wilmington Beach Academy and playing indoor at Triangle Volleyball. After committing, Gia wanted to expand on her beach training and came to us to train with our National Select group. Gia still trains part-time with WBA.  Welcome to the family Gia, and go Spartans!

JENNA MAGNER - TAMPA

CLASS OF 2019

Jenna made the switch to playing beach full time in 2016. In 2017, Jenna joined Sinjin Beach's National Team in its inaugural season and made it clear that her goal was to play beach in college. 9 months later, before the start of her senior year, Jenna committed to playing Beach Volleyball at the University of Tampa. We love you Jenna!

LOGAN MOSLEY - VIRGINIA TECH

CLASS OF 2019

Logan is another pioneer player for the Carolina Region's beach game. If beach players had a jersey number, Logan's would be hanging in the rafters for sure! We have loved having Logan train in the sand with us! After many years of playing beach volleyball in the summer, Logan decided to play D1 indoor at Virginia Tech. Good luck Logan and go Hokies!

KELLY MCCONEKEY - NORTH FLORIDA

CLASS OF 2022

Kelly has always loved playing volleyball, and has balanced playing both indoor and sand volleyball competitively all through her sophomore year. Even though she was highly successful in indoor, Kelly made the decision to focus and play sand volleyball in college after training with Sinjin Beach. With multiple offers on the table, Kelly found the perfect fit at UNF and chose to join the Osprey family! We're so proud of you Kelly, and can't wait to see you excel! Swoop!

VB TROST - SOUTH CAROLINA

CLASS OF 2022

VB joined us at the tail-end of her recruiting journey. She already had several offers on the table. It didn't take much, but we were able to provide VB with the little bit of help she needed to commit to her dream school, South Carolina! VB has always trained full-time with VA Sand in Lynchburg, Virginia. We will continue to work hand in hand with VA Sand as we prepare VB and her future South Carolina teammates to get into the starting lineup! Go Gamecocks!!

EMMA MORRIS - STANFORD

CLASS OF 2021

Emma is another one of our athletes who makes a 5 hour commute from Northern Virginia. Emma had competed against our players in tournaments on  numerous occasions. After committing to play D1 Beach at Stanford, Emma decided to commute to Raleigh and  train with our athletes as often as possible before heading to the west coast. Emma, we're so glad to have the opportunity to help train you and can't wait to cheer you on at Stanford! Go Cardinal!

MALIA GRAFF - TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

CLASS OF 2021

Malia has played beach volleyball for many years. After training with a previous club in Wilmington, Malia decided to come to Raleigh to train with Sinjin. Malia went all over the east coast to tournaments, showcases, and college visits. She finally landed on the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and accepted an offer from them in the fall of her Senior year. Go Mocs!! Thanks to Brittany and John in Wilmington for helping Malia get ready for D1 beach volleyball!

ZOE CROW - ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM

CLASS OF 2021

After playing with another beach club for several seasons, Zoe started playing beach with us in the fall of her junior year in hopes of getting more recruiting help. After visiting several campuses and participating in multiple showcases, Zoe found originally found a great match for her academic ability that allowed her to play D1 beach at Missouri State. However, a change in coaching staff led her to change her commitment to playing D1 beach at UAB - Go Blazers!

LAUREN WILCOCK - SOUTH CAROLINA

CLASS OF 2021

Lauren was recruited to South Carolina while training with her previous club. Lauren joined Sinjin Beach in an effort to get the highest level of training and coaching advice to prepare her to compete at the next level. Lauren is one of our first out-of-state club members and we're so excited to have her represent Sinjin Beach before she heads to South Carolina!

JENNY ILLE - CARSON NEWMAN

CLASS OF 2021

Jenny joined Sinjin's National Team as a sophomore after having never played beach volleyball. Jenny played with a variety of different partners during her first year. After spending two weeks competing on the beaches in California, Jenny visited Carson Newman's campus and fell in love with their program. One visit was enough for Jenny, and she committed to play at CNU. Go Eagles!

KALEY MCLAUGHLIN - COASTAL CAROLINA

CLASS OF 2020

Kaley was recruited to Coastal Carolina while training with her previous club. Kaley joined Sinjin Beach at the beginning of her senior year because of her desire to get plenty of playing time while being on the team at Coastal. We're pumped to help Kaley get better on her journey to play at the next level and can't wait to cheer her on as she competes at Coastal. Go Chants!

LAUREN DELLA - STETSON

CLASS OF 2020

Lauren had played indoors for the entirety of her time as a volleyball player but spent the summers playing in beach tournaments. As she grew to love the beach game more and more, she started traveling to various showcases and camps at different universities. Lauren decided in November of her junior year to commit to playing D1 beach volleyball at Stetson University! Go Hatters!

MADDIE HART - TAMPA

CLASS OF 2020

Maddie was recruited to play at Tampa while playing at her previous club. She joined Sinjin Beach for her senior year to train with our other college commits and drove 3 hours twice a week to practice! Her dedication to getting better will no doubt pay off at the next level, and we can't wait to see how far Maddie soars at the University of Tampa! Go Spartans!

SKYLAR BUCKLEY - MISSISSIPPI STATE

CLASS OF 2020

One of the top players to ever play beach volleyball in the Carolinas, Skylar is committed to playing D1 indoor at Mississippi State. Skylar uses the beach game to help with her ball control on the hard court and hopes to one day use her 5th year of eligibility to play in the sand! Skylar also helps as a coach for our summer program.

SARAH GASPER - SOUTHERN UTAH

CLASS OF 2019

Sarah played beach during the summer for many years and started training with Sinjin Beach during the club's first year. Before the start of her senior year, Sarah committed to play D1 indoor at the University of Southern Utah! We look forward to having Sarah back home to train with us during the summers!! Good luck Sarah and go Thunderbirds!!

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