Former NU volleyball standout makes way as pro beach player
A little more than 10 years ago Ali Daley was rising above the net and driving down kills as a senior for the Nevada Union girls volleyball team, leading the Lady Miners to their third straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
“She is No. 1,” said former Nevada Union girls volleyball coach Bob Rogers about where Daley ranks on the NU all-time best players list. “She could hit, she could block, she could set, and fortunately she made her teammates better too.”
Today she goes by Allison Daley McColloch and is brandishing her skills on the sand as a professional beach volleyball player.
“I didn’t think I would be still playing, especially on the beach,” McColloch said. “I thought maybe indoor, but I never thought I would be playing beach volleyball.”
Larry Peterson, who also coached McColloch at Nevada Union, said she would be a good fit on the sand.
“She is a great candidate for beach volleyball,” Peterson said. “She’s got all the skills you need…which is a good thing because on the beach there is nowhere to hide.”
After graduating Nevada Union, McColloch headed to Long Beach State where she excelled as an outside hitter. She was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and made the All-Big West First Team during the 2005 season. McColloch then transferred to UCLA where she made All-Pac 10 honorable mention her junior year. In her senior season with the Bruins she led the team with 353 kills and was named to the 2008 Austin NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team and again was named All-Pac 10 Honorable Mention. In her time at UCLA she put up big numbers, joining the exclusive 1,000 kill, 1,000 dig club.
She currently has two years of beach volleyball under her belt and has set her sights on one day being an olympian.
“My goals are the Olympics,” McCollogh said. “I’m 100 percent in to trying to make the Olympics whether it’s 2016 or 2020. That’s the ultimate goal, and to be in the top-three domestically and internationally.”
Since devoting herself to the sport of beach volleyball, McColloch said she has left her coaching jobs to focus solely on the very demanding and very expensive sport.
“I wasn’t able to put 100 percent into the sport,” she said. “The sport takes a lot of dedication and to be as good as I want to be I need to put 100 percent into it.”
After two years on the beach volleyball circuit, and four partners that didn’t pan out, McColloch said she has found a partner, Emily Stockton, that shares her same ambition and goals.
“It is so easy to play with her. She is very supportive, we work really well together and it’s easy to talk to her on and off the court,” said McColloch. “We are both on the same page and that’s the most important thing.”
Daley said she is looking for sponsorship and has always looked back fondly on the support she received from the community she grew up in. And, as she delves fully into the sport of beach volleyball, she is hoping her hometown can once again get behind her athletic endeavors.
“The way things work, we basically front all of the money for everything including the travel and the only way we make money is if we win,” McColloch said. “All the international travel is extremely expensive and its hard to find sponsorship for our sport.”
McColloch has a significant social media following and is also open to name placement on her game apparel as a way to reciprocate the support.
If interested in sponsoring McColloch email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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