Ella Connor, a Seabury Hall graduate who played on the No. 1 pair for Cal Poly’s beach volleyball program this season, will be part of the U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team this summer.
Connor, a first-team AVCA All-American in 2022 as a freshman, is one of 17 athletes named to the women’s team. She will attend a training session in Chula Vista, Calif., that will take place next week.
Connor will be joined by 16 other women representing 11 different schools.
In her first season, Connor shined for the Mustangs while competing at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Playing alongside Tia Miric, Connor was named an AVCA first-team All-American, first-team All-Big West Conference, and Big West Freshman of the Year.
Connor and Miric were 23-11 together, collecting wins over No. 1 pairs from No. 4 Florida State, No. 6 Loyola Marymount, No. 7 Grand Canyon, No. 8 Stanford, No. 14 Long Beach State, No. 16 Arizona and No. 18 Pepperdine.
Connor helped the Mustangs win their third straight Big West title and make their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. She also helped three Cal Poly pairings earn All-Big West honors.
She will be joined on the college national team by Hawaii’s Brooke Van Sickle, who made the team for the second straight year, and former BeachBow Julia Scoles, who was part of USC’s national championship team in May.