BERKELEY – Two student-athletes with a wealth of international experience have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join Cal’s Women’s Water Polo program, head coach Richard Corso announced Thursday.
Carla Carrega, who has been a member of Italy’s national team program since 2009, and Kindred Paul, a member of Canada’s Junior National Team, will each enroll at Cal in the fall and join the team for the 2015 season.
Carrega and Paul join U.S. Youth National Team standout Kacey Avalos, who signed in the fall, to make up the Bears’ incoming recruiting class.
“These two outstanding players, along with Kacey Avalos who we signed in the fall, make for a great incoming class,” Corso said.
Carrega, a 6-0 attacker from Imperia, Italy, has participated in the FINA World Youth Championships and the European Junior Championships. She led her club team, RN Imperia, to the LEN Cup championship in 2012. She has scored 48 goals this season for RN Imperia in the European League and Italian Cup.
“The most important thing for an attacker is speed of thought. Carla has that talent and she reads defenses at a very high level,” Corso said. “She’s an outstanding player in the Italian championship league. Because she is one of the youngest players in the league, she has had to develop her defensive skills in order for herself and her team to flourish.”
Paul, a 5-11 center from Spruce Grove, Alberta, played on the Canadian Junior National Team that participated in the World Junior Championships last summer in Volos, Greece. She also played in the 2012 Junior Pan-Am Games and was a member of Canada’s Youth National Team in 2011.
Paul plays for the Calgary Renegades, the same club that produced former Cal standout Emily Csikos.
“Kindred is relentless at both ends of the pool,” Corso said. “She is a very good defender. She takes pride in shutting down centers and has the potential to be an outstanding defensive player at the NCAA level.”