Squad Profiles

 Dakota Arbolado Sam Gerlach Matheus Marinho Francisco Valencia
 Yevgeny Chernish Ian Leibitzke Mario Martinez 
 David Garcia Erinn Logan Mehdi Sekkat

3 dakota arbolado

  • Class: Freshman
  • Position: Libero / Defensive Specialist
  • Height: 5-7
  • Weight: 140
  • Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
  • High School: Olympian
Dakota is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and strives to work for the government as a contractor. Prior to SDCC, Arbolado played one season at Olympian HS his senior year as a libero where he was voted by his team as most improved. 

Coach Pratte's comments: "Dakota will be a libero and defensive specialist for us this season. At practice, Dakota is working on the five keys to passing and his platform passing has improved tremendously. With the proper amount of reps, Dakota has the potential to be a solid libero at San Diego City College."

19 yevgeny chernish

  • Class: Sophomore  
  • Position: Outside Hitter
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 205
  • Hometown: Kohtla Jarve, Estonia
  • High School: Centennial
Yevgeny Chernish is applying to nursing programs for this coming Fall. He hopes to continue his education after the program and get a master's in nursing. Yevgeny came in as a walk-on with no previous experience and chose to play and learn volleyball because he "likes to hit things in a non-violent manner."

Coach Pratte's comments: "Yevgeny brings great balance to this team with his cool, calm and collective approach to life. We currently have a lot of energetic players in the gym and Yevgeny is always steady with his calm approach. This season, Yevgeny will be a left side attacker for our program."

11 david garcia

  • Class: Sophomore 
  • Position: Middle Blocker 
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 125
  • Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.
  • High School: Chula Vista
David Garcia is majoring in Criminal Justice and is striving on working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Prior to City, Garcia played two years of volleyball as a middle blocker at Chula Vista High School his junior (JV) and senior (varsity) years. 

Coach Pratte's comments: "David will be playing middle blocker for us this season. Everyday, David is working on developing a bigger hitting fan and hitting different types of sets. It is exciting to see how much David has improved and he is only going to get better."

9 sam gerlach

  • Class: Freshman
  • Position: Right Side / Outside Hitter
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 150
  • Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
  • High School: St. Augustine
Sam Gerlach is planning on transferring to Cal State Bakersfield within three semesters to study Petroleum Engineering. Sam started playing volleyball in high school and has continued to compete in open gyms and at sandy beaches in San Diego. He currently lives with his motivating roommate, TJ, and routinely visits his loving parents in La Mesa, as well as his inspirational big brother in San Francisco.

Coach Pratte's comments: "Sam continues to improve in volleyball everyday. This year, Sam will be playing right side and left side attacker. He is always sending the coaching staff inspirational quotes and videos. Since Sam has 100 percent bought into this program, he will be successful on the floor and in the game of life."

21 ian leibitzke

  • Class: Sophomore
  • Position: Setter 
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 170
  • Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
  • High School: Heritage Christian
Ian Leibitzke is still deciding whether to major in either Sports Management, Recreation, Biblical Studies, or Coaching. Leibitzke's future goal is to become a volleyball coach. Prior to City, Leibitzke started playing volleyball his sophomore year at Heritage Christian HS and was captain during his senior year. 

Coach Pratte's comments: "Ian will be running our offense this year at SDCC. Ian works diligently everyday at improving his setting skills. Ian has taken on a leadership role this season and it is going to serve him well in life. It is a pleasure coaching Ian and he has a bright future ahead of him."

7 erinn logan

  • Class: Freshman
  • Position: Middle Blocker
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 150
  • Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
  • High School: Olympian
Erinn Logan is a majoring in journalism and has aspirations of becoming a writer for a fashion magazine in the near future. Logan is a graduate of Olympian HS where he holds the record for most blocks in a season. He was also the 2013 Mesa League leader in blocks, was Mesa League Honorable Mention, and was named Defensive Player of the Year by his team. In basketball, he was a First Team All-Tournament selection for the Cathedral Tournament.

Coach Pratte's comments: "Erinn will be playing middle for us this year, but we will be getting him reps on right and left side at practice. Throughout the course of this young season, Erinn has been one of our most improved players. The sky is the limit for Erinn with his athleticism and work ethic."

8 matheus marinho

  • Class: Freshman
  • Position: Outside Hitter / Libero
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 170
  • Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • High School: Insttituto Abel
Matheus Marinho is majoring in Communication and Media Studies and dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster. Prior to City, Marinho attended Instituto Abel High School in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marinho had some volleyball achievements that included making the State team (Rio de Janeiro), being voted as "best passer" at a national championship in 2011, and being voted as "best server" at the same competition the following year. 

Coach Pratte's comments: Matheus is a gifted volleyball player and he will be playing outside hitter or libero for us. His passing skills will help us stay in system offensively. I have been impressed by how dedicated Matheus is to volleyball."

17 mario martinez

  • Class: Sophomore
  • Position: Right Side
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 285
  • Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.
  • High School: Chula Vista
Mario Martinez is working on his AA degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities. He is striving for a bachelor's degree in Business Management. Martinez played all four years at Chula Vista High School. He was captain during his senior year and received the Coaches Award. He also participated in the first team of the all-star game. Martinez plans to coach after college.

Coach Pratte's comments: "Mario is going to be a right side attacker for us this season and he continues to improve his game everyday. Mario is an outstanding teammate and leader. I have noticed that he takes the time to make sure our freshmen complete their volleyball homework assignments and he is always willing to help his teammates succeed."

2 mehdi sekkat

  • Class: Sophomore
  • Position: Outside Hitter
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 145
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
  • High School: Canyon Springs

1 francisco valencia

  • Class: Freshman
  • Position: Opp / DS
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 145
  • Hometown: 
  • High School: 
Frankie is in his second season with the Knights after being a redshirt freshman in 2013. The Arizona native is studying Political Science and is also looking to get a minor in Business Administration. Valencia has three siblings (Amanda, Adrianna, and Gabriel). He is excited to finally step on the court as a Knight