Next fall, Rancho Cucamonga senior Karson Bacon will be a member of the University of Oregon’s women’s volleyball team. She’s one of the top middles in this year’s graduating class, and as an outside hitter was the kills leader on her high school team that made it to the second round of the CIF Southern Section tournament.
But before all that, she was just a kid who got signed up for the University of Hawaii’s volleyball camp while visiting her grandparents in the islands.
Position: Middle blocker
High School: Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
College Commitment: Oregon
Since that camp in which she was introduced to the sport, Bacon has dedicated herself wholeheartedly to her volleyball career, starring not only for Rancho Cucamonga — hitting over .400 in each of her first three high school seasons as a starting middle blocker — but also playing on Tstreet’s nationally ranked 17-Naseri team.
Six-three and touching 10-7, Bacon had 508 kills for Rancho Cucamonga this season and took over 1,000 swings, and yet still managed to maintain a .316 hitting percentage.
Thanks to her performance this fall, Bacon was named AVCA Under Armour First Team All-America.
“Karson is the most physically gifted athlete this program has ever seen,” Oregon head coach Matt Ulmer said in the announcement of his 2017 recruiting class. “She is extremely intimidating to the opposition with her blocking ability. Karson touches 10-7 and has the quickest lateral first step that I have seen from someone her height.”