Clare Powers, a 6-3 So. OH who last played for the Saint Mary’s College Gaels, has tweeted her commitment to Penn State. Welcome Clare!
Blessed to officially commit to continue my volleyball career at Penn State University next season and couldn’t be more excited!
— cpowepowe (@clare_powers) February 23, 2016
As a freshman in 2014, Clare was a six-rotation player for Saint Mary’s, averaging 1.93 kills/set (3rd on the team) and 2.19 digs/set (4th on the team), and was named to the WCC All-Freshman team. Clare also excelled playing sand, filling the No. 2 slot with partner Mary Hernandez. In High School, Clare starred at national power Archbishop Mitty-San Jose where, as a senior, she earned MaxPreps.com All-America honors after totalling 408 kills, 33 blocks, 304 digs, 505 serve receptions and a serve percentage of 96 percent for the Division II state champion Monarchs. She played club volleyball for the Vision Volleyball Club in San Jose — the same program that produced SMC standouts Kristina Graven and Jordan Shaw. Her older sister, Annie, played volleyball at Providence and her brother, Jack, plays football at Arizona State. Powers’ father Mark played basketball at San Diego.
Here’s an excerpt from the Saint Mary’s SID when Clare committed to the Gaels:
MORAGA, Calif. — 11/26/2013. As the Saint Mary’s volleyball team prepares to wrap up the regular season this week, Gaels coach Rob Browning announced Tuesday a move for the future with the signing of Archbishop Mitty High-San Jose (Calif.) outside hitter Clare Powers to a National Letter of Intent.
“Clare has already blended seamlessly into our volleyball family,” Browning said. “She’s the kind of player that has brought us so much success the past several years, and she’s the kind of person who will contribute to our strong team culture and tight volleyball family. We are thrilled that she is going to be a Gael.”
Powers’ arrival next year means the Gaels will continue to have a big swinging attacker from national high school powerhouse Mitty on the roster. Current Gael and former Monarchs standout Kristina Graven will graduate in the spring, leaving a void on the outside that Powers could help to fill. She also brings standout passing skills, a quality that will serve her well at Saint Mary’s.
For the complete press release from Saint Mary’s, Click Here.
Here’s a video of Clare from June 28, 2012