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Mitchell’s Alm gets release from Pepperdine

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After signing a national letter of intent, Mitchell High School volleyball standout Taylin Alm has chosen not to play volleyball for Pepperdine University next school year.

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Alm verbally committed in July to play for the Waves and signed in November to play indoor and sand volleyball for longtime Pepperdine coach Nina Matthies. Recently, Matthies, who is in her 31st year at the school, became solely the sand volleyball head coach, while Troy Tanner now heads the indoor volleyball program.

Alm said Wednesday in an interview with The Daily Republic that she opted not to attend the school next fall because of the coaching change.

“My expectation was to play for coach Matthies,” Alm said, adding she received a scholarship to play indoor volleyball and a walk-on position for sand volleyball. “To be honest, I didn’t communicate very much with the new coach for Pepperdine, and he has plans for the future of the program and I wasn’t in them.

“I want to go somewhere where I am wanted.”

Alm said she was released by the school Wednesday morning and will be eligible to play for another school for her freshman season.

Alm is back at square one for the recruiting process and the 6-foot-4 outside hitter said she has already received interest from several schools, including the University of Iowa, California State University-Fullerton, Arizona State University and the University of Colorado.

In her senior season with the Kernels, who finished 9-13, Alm recorded 457 kills, 203 digs, 30 blocks and 60 aces. She has two school records, including the single season kills record (457) and the all-time kills record (1,160). Alm is the first Kernel volleyball player to record more than 1,000 kills in her career.

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