PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland State volleyball program completed its 2019 roster with the signing of three additional players Friday. Kylie Komo, Sophia Tuliau and Jordan White all joined the Vikings, putting the finishing touches on an eight-player 2019 recruiting class for the Vikings.
Komo will join fellow 2019 signee Ellie Snook as the two liberos on the team next season. Komo comes to the Vikings out of Point Loma High School in San Diego, where she won a pair of state titles in 2017 between indoor and beach volleyball.
White joins the Vikings as a middle blocker after playing for Western Michigan in 2018, starting six of her 17 appearances during the season. White recorded a season-high 16 kills on 27 attacks while committing only one error in Western Michigan’s 3-1 win over UAB last season. White also had six blocks (one solo, five assists) in the win over UAB.
Portland State head coach Michael Seemann said White should add experience to the Vikings’ middle blockers, as well as Tuliau, who Seemann said should have the versatility to play as a blocker or an attacker. Tuliau, an outside hitter in high school, was an All-Central New York All-Star for Watertown High School, and played for the USA A1 National Training Team during July of 2018.
Friday’s three signees add to what has shaped into one of the most geographically diverse classes in recent years for the Vikings. The Vikings’ eight signees hail from six different states, and the Vikings expanded their geographical footprint with four of the eight signees coming from states east of the Rockies. Tuliau and White come from Watertown, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga., respectively, while Riley Daniel and Caroline Dragani come from College Station, Texas, and Brookfield, Wis.
The new Vikings will get their first chance to compete in a Viking uniform when Portland State hosts Corban in an exhibition on Aug. 16. The Vikings officially open their season two weeks later on the road, as they head to St. Louis, Mo., for the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic, hosted by Saint Louis University. The Vikings’ first official match will come against Southern Illinois on Aug. 30.
2019 Recruiting Class (in alphabetical order)
Riley Daniel, MB, 6-1, FR, College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated HS)
Caroline Dragani, S, 5-11, FR, Brookfield, Wis. (Catholic Memorial HS)
Julia Haynie, MB, 6-1, FR, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
Kylie Komo, L, 5-5, FR, San Diego, Calif. (Point Loma HS)*
Jasmine Powell, OH, 5-10, FR, Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd HS)
Ellie Snook, L, 5-7, FR, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)
Sophia Tuliau, OH, 6-0, FR, Watertown, N.Y. (Watertown HS)*
Jordan White, MB, 5-9, R-SO, Atlanta, Ga. (Western Michigan)*
* – Signed Friday
Kylie Komo, L, 5-5, FR, San Diego, Calif. (Point Loma HS)
POINT LOMA HIGH SCHOOL:
Two-time state champion between the 2017 CIF Division III indoor title and the 2017 Open Division beach volleyball title…Placed third with her team in the CIF Division I finals in 2019…Won a Southern Regional Division III championship with her team in 2017…Placed second at the CIF Division IV state tournament in 2016.
Played for the Coast Volleyball Club for two years and the La Jolla Volleyball Club for two years…Won the 2017 AAU fiesta tournament with La Jolla, and placed second at the 2018 AAU volleyball festival…Placed third at the 2019 JVA west coast cup with the Coast Volleyball Club.
Daughter of Pam and Gary Komo…Has a brother, Seiji Komo, and a sister, Riley Komo…Lists surfing and playing ping pong as hobbies/interests…Wants to become an athletic trainer after college…Plans on majoring in pre-physical therapy with a minor in nutrition.
COACH SEEMANN ON KOMO:
“We are pleased that Kylie will be joining our program this fall. Kylie will provide our team with her skill set to improve our back-row performance. She can dig the hard ball, cover ground, and is a steady passer. She does a great job reading the game, and understanding where she needs to be to address the ball. She has the potential to be a consistent playmaker for us as a back-row player.”
Sophia Tuliau, OH, 6-0, FR, Watertown, N.Y. (Watertown HS)
BEFORE PORTLAND STATE:
Named an All-Central New York All-Star while in high school…Played for the USA A1 National Training Team during July of 2018…Played for the Lake Effect Smash club team for five years.
Daughter of Katharine and Tulsa Tuliau…Has a sister, Vanessa Tuliau…Lists spending time with family, cooking and traveling as hobbies/interests…Hopes to become a combat arms officer with the Marines after college…Plans on majoring in social work with a minor in environmental science and management.
COACH SEEMANN ON TULIAU:
“Sophia has the potential to be a massive presence at the net. Sophia is a physical player with a ton of potential. We are excited to see what she can do as she continues to develop into a highly effective net player. Sophia will give us options at any position along the net, and as she grows in the game, I believe she has the ability to hold down a role as a blocker and attacker at any zone along the net.”
Jordan White, MB, 5-9, R-SO, Atlanta, Ga. (Western Michigan)
AT WESTERN MICHIGAN (2017-18):
Appeared in 17 matches, starting six as a redshirt freshman in 2018…Recorded a season-high 16 kills on 27 attacks while committing only one error in Western Michigan’s 3-1 win over UAB…Also had six blocks (one solo, five assists) in the win over UAB…Had seven or more kills in two other matches…Recorded a season-high seven blocks (one solo, six assists) in Western Michigan’s 3-1 loss to South Dakota State…Redshirted her first season at Western Michigan in 2017.
Played club volleyball since she was 13…Played for the KPVA club team in Georgia for the U-14, U-15 and U-17 age divisions…Played for A5 South as a U-16 player…Played for the Tsunami volleyball club as a U-18 player.
Daughter of Sophia and John White…Father, John, played college basketball at Southern Mississippi…Has a brother, John White III, and two sisters, Jeriah and Alexandria White…Considers herself an artist as well as a volleyball player…Lists reading as a hobby and volunteered as a reading helper in local elementary schools while at Western Michigan…Also volunteered at local food drives and church kitchens…Started a student organization that taught financial principles to her fellow students…Hopes to own her own advertising company after college…Plans on majoring in marketing while minoring in advertising.
COACH SEEMANN ON WHITE:
“We are excited to have Jordan join our program. We needed experience in the middle, and Jordan will provide us with just that. She has great vision, and makes good decisions as a blocker. Her ability off 1 foot will give us a dynamic option in our offense. I believe she has the potential to have a significant impact on our team sooner than later. She is quick, physical, and can influence the net consistently.”