Murrieta’s Rebecca Branch named to Biola University volleyball team

Rebecca Branch, a former Chaparral High School Puma, will be setting for the Biola University Eagles in her final season before she graduates with her nursing degree. Courtesy photo

LA MIRADA – Rebecca Branch of Murrieta has been named to the 2019 Biola University volleyball team. Branch, who will graduate this year with her nursing degree, will be a setter on the Eagles’ roster. Competition for Biola University is scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 5. The senior setter, who is a graduate of Chaparral High School, will join Murrieta Valley High School alum Savannah Hilde, a junior at the university.

The Eagles are led by 18-year head coach, Aaron Seltzer, and finished second with a 15-5 record in the PacWest Conference last year.

This summer, Biola was granted full membership by the National Collegiate Athletic Association into their Division II. Full membership in NCAA Division II affords Biola University teams the right to compete in NCAA postseason events and appear in national and regional rankings beginning in 2019-2020. The Eagles’ student-athletes are also now eligible to earn regional and national awards for their efforts. The 2019-2020 athletic season will be Biola University’s third in the PacWest Conference and as members of NCAA Division II. The first two years the university was considered a provisional NCAA member and ineligible for the benefits listed above.

Biola University is a leading Christ-centered university in Southern California that offers a premier, nationally ranked education and has been named one of the nation’s “up and coming” universities by U.S. News & World Report four times in five years. Founded in 1908, Biola University is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service, equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With more than 6,300 students at its Los Angeles-area campus and around the world, the university offers more than 150 academic programs through its nine schools, ranging from bachelor’s degrees to the doctorates. For more information, visit

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