RICHMOND, Va. – California prep standout Saige Gallop signed a National Letter of Intent with Virginia Commonwealth University during the early signing period last week, Head Coach James Finley announced Monday.
Gallop, a senior at Francis Parker High School in San Diego, is the 34-ranked recruit out of the state of California and the 164th-ranked player overall, according to MaxPreps.com. She was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) High School All-America Watch List prior to this season.
"As a coach, you're always looking for a complete volleyball player, someone that's dynamic, has leadership and can put up big numbers both offensively and defensively," Finley said. "VCU is fortunate to have Saige Gallop become a part of our program, as she is the complete package."
A 6-foot outside and right side hitter, Gallop is enjoying an outstanding senior season with Francis Parker. Coached by Luis Cuatok, the Lancers are 26-9 this season behind Gallop's 4.3 kills per set. The 17-year-old star is hitting .442 and has also supplied 270 digs and 26 service aces. A three-year captain, Gallop led Francis Parker to second place at the Fall Classic earlier this season.
Gallop is also a member of the nationally-recognized Coast Volleyball Club, where she plays under the direction of Coach Ozhan Bahrambeygui. This year alone, Coast has booked four top-five finishes, including a team championship at the MLK Speakeasy Tournament. Coast's 17s squad is ranked 16th nationally by PrepVolleyball.com.
The daughter of Otis and Melissa Gallop, Saige plans to major in biology.