When it came to choosing a college, West Ranch volleyball’s Allison Jacobs listened to her gut.
“Wednesday night I was talking to my mom, and I just got up and I sat down next her on the couch, and I said, ‘I know where I want to go. I want to go to UCLA,'” Jacobs said.
The following morning, she called Bruins volleyball head coach Michael Sealy to tell him that she accepted the program’s offer.
She then called the assistant coaches, then her family.
“It was reassuring because they all supported it 100 percent,” Jacobs said. “That’s where they wanted me to go. They weren’t allowed to give me bias before. It was so fun with all the support.”
Although Jacobs will only be entering her sophomore season as a Wildcat, she’s pretty positive she made the right choice.
“I really believe that if I followed my gut and if I do have any concerns, I’m always going to be close to home so I can always come home,” she said.
Having a Bruins family lineage helped the decision, too. Her father, Brian, played football for UCLA and met his wife, Tricia, at the school.
Jacobs’ sister, Katie, who graduated from West Ranch last year, will be joining the Bruins volleyball team this upcoming season.
“I’ve been to UCLA so many times, just growing up there, so I’m comfortable there already,” Allison Jacobs said.
In addition to volleyball, Jacobs also played soccer and track and field for West Ranch. She said that she intends to remain a tri-sport athlete in the coming years.
Jacobs also competed in the USA Volleyball High Performance championships July 18-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and earned third place with her team.
At 15 years old, she competed in the junior division, a group that typically includes 18 and 19 years old. She was even named to the all-tournament team.