Menlo-Atherton product Atlee Hubbard, hired to take over the Menlo College women's volleyball head coaching position in February, wasted little time in adding two players to the program who likely will make an immediate impact.
JC transfer Haley Webb signed with the Oaks on Tuesday, a day before Sacred Heart Cathedral senior Courtney Wong signed on.
Webb attends Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., where she led her team in digs and assists as a freshman setter in 2011 and was team captain this past season.
During her tenure, Webb was a two-time all-league honorable mention selection and earned a spot on the Southwest Oregon Community College tournament (SWOCC) all-tournament team.
"Haley brings a strong work ethic and leadership to our team in the setter position," Hubbard said. "She adds valuable game knowledge to our team and I see her being a big presence in the Menlo community."
Webb joins a Menlo squad that went 17-7 in 2012 and earned top billing in the California Pacific Conference as well as a trip to the national tournament.
Wong was a three-year varsity performer with the Irish, and a two-year captain as the starting outside hitter.
As a junior, Wong led the team in kills and earned WCAL first team honors and a spot on the Max Preps California All-State second-team.
As a senior, Wong was named the San Francisco Preps "Player of the Year," along with earning a spot on the 2012 Under Armour Watch List and AVCA Elitie Rising Senior list.
A 2012 WCAL second-teamer, Wong utilized her talents off the court as a member of the SHCP Athletic Leadership Council.
The current starting outside hitter for the Slainte Volleyball Club, Wong has helped her team to their current 18-1 mark.
"Courtney is a great all around athlete and has a high level of experience for an incoming freshman," Hubbard said. "She has been a dominant force in one of Northern California's toughest leagues. I expect her to be an immediate presence on our team this fall."
Hubbard did not have to move anywhere when she was hired. The Menlo Park native coached at Menlo School last year.
Hubbard also spent time as a coach for the Monsoon Volleyball Club and Encore Volleyball Club in Redwood City, recording a 31-3 overall record in two years.
The opportunity to coach at the next level at Menlo College is exciting for Hubbard for multiple reasons.
"Being a college coach is a career goal for me," Hubbard said. "It's something that I've always seen myself doing and being from Menlo Park and being local, getting the opportunity to coach college (volleyball) in this area is huge for me."
Hubbard played at NCAA Division 1 Cal State Sacramento, where she was named first team all Big Sky Conference in 2005 and 2006. She was also named to the Big Sky Conference all-tournament team three times throughout her collegiate career.
"I learned a lot not only in college but I think I learned even more once I went and played professionally, especially overseas," Hubbard said. "I think having that extra couple of years experience outside of Division I volleyball has really helped me."