But Chandler's return to volleyball wasn't easy. She played as a libero at Pepperdine, so it had been nearly two years since she had played as a setter.
Reily's father Jud Buechler, a former assistant coach at WAVE and a three-time NBA champion, took Chandler to the gym every day and worked with her to regain all the muscle mass that she had lost from not training for so long.
"Ryann was the best volleyball player I've ever coached," Jud Buechler said. "She was too good of a volleyball player to just let go, and I felt like I just wanted to mentor her and know that in 20 years from now
I think that she would look back and just be disappointed if she just stopped playing."
Chandler joined the UCLA squad in 2015, a move Frager and Reily Buechler made a few years earlier after seeing the success of a prior generation of WAVE players at UCLA.
Recent UCLA alumni Kelly Reeves, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Karsta Lowe and Karly Drolson, another Torrey Pines alumnus, also spent their formative years in the WAVE practice tent.
Buechler, Chandler and Frager's club team was paired up with Reeves' team for an unofficial big and little sister team program in their 13s and 16s seasons, respectively.
"We would always look up to Kelly and Karsta because they were the epitome of what we wanted to be," Buechler said. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, these WAVE girls are doing so well, and they got a national championship
ring. And wow, that's what I want to do.'"
This season the Bruins currently hold a share of lead in the Pac-12 standings and are poised for their best conference finish since the 2011 championship season.
An added motivation throughout Pac-12 play is the presence of familiar faces on the other side of the net – Colorado's Katelyn Cuff, California's Savannah Rennie and Maddy Kerr all hail from Torrey Pines and WAVE as well.
"When we play it just gives it a more competitive edge, like 'Oh I want to ace Maddy,' or, 'Oh I want to dig Savannah,'" Chandler said. "We're all still so close and all plan to live together after we graduate."
Although this is the only year all four girls will be together as Bruins, the WAVE to UCLA pipeline is set to continue. WAVE's website lists UCLA as the destination for two of its high school players - one in 2018 and the other in 2020.
"I just always looked up to UCLA volleyaball and I thought it was an amazing place," Chandler said. "I know so many young girls as well; they see all of us from San Diego and they all want to come to UCLA now."
This post was updated on Nov. 9 at 2:45 p.m.