Fresno City Teammates Transfer to Simpson to Play Volleyball

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women’s volleyball program is pleased to announce the signing of two student-athletes for the 2015 season: Madison Rinehart and Cassandra Simons, who are both from Fresno and transferring from Fresno City College.

Madison RinehartRinehart is a junior opposite hitter who received second team all-Central Valley Conference honors while at Fresno City. She attended Clovis East High School where she earned first team and honorable mention all-conference honors. She plans to major in nursing while at Simpson.

"Madison is quick, and her hitting arm is fast," said head women’s volleyball coach Thomas Kirst. "She has great court awareness and will be a great asset to our program."

Cassandra SimonsSimons is a junior opposite hitter who attended Bullard High School. She received all-County-Metro Athletic Conference and team captain honors. She was also valedictorian and an Advanced Placement scholar. She plans to major in nursing while at Simpson.

"Cassie is that all-around player each coach looks for," Kirst said. "She is quick to react to each play, her communication on the court is second to none, and she is a true leader."


Madison Rinehart, top left, and Cassandra Simons, bottom right / Photos courtesy of Fresno City College

Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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