UC Riverside Loses Another to Transfer in Mikaela Grove to CSUSB

  0 Derek Johnson | May 24th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, College Transfers, Division I Mid-Major, Division II, News

Former UC Riverside outside hitter Mikaela Grove is departing from the program for Cal State University, San Bernardino. Yesterday, VolleyMob reported that Jessica Haynie had transferred out of UC Riverside.

A sophomore-to-be in the fall of 2018, Grove will join CSUSB with three years left of play. It would be likely that she is immediately eligible since she is dropping down from Division I to Division II as San Bernardino plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

A native of Riverside, California, Grove went to her home college after attending King High School where she was an All-League MVP in 2016.

In her lone year with the Highlanders, Grove appeared in 45 sets across 23 matches. She went on to log 88 kills (1.96 per set) on a .197 hitting percentage, 22 digs (0.49 per set) and 13 blocks (0.29 per set). The loss leaves a UC Riverside team that went 10-18 in 2017 with two returning outside hitters in Kaiulani Ahuna – who averaged over two kills and digs per set – and Lauren Newell – who was a rotational player.

One team’s loss is another’s gain, which is the case for Cal State San Bernardino. The Coyotes finished the 2017 season at 24-8 and 14-3 in the CCAA, good for its 13th conference title as part of the league. They also earned the NCAA West Regional title but fell in the NCAA Quarterfinals and earned a final ranking of #13. CSUSB had six outside hitters on their past season’s roster, although two graduated.

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