May 3, 2013
BERKELEY - Cal's volleyball team has bolstered its back row by adding three defensive specialists to its roster for 2013.
Sarah Cole, a transfer from UC Davis, and incoming freshmen Katie Curci and Sabrina Blackwell will join the Bears in the fall.
At Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif., the 5-foot-11 Cole was a two-time All-West Catholic Athletic League selection and helped the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the 2010 NorCal Championships. Presentation finished that season ranked No. 5 in the country after being ranked No. 1 at one point.
"Sarah joins Cal as an experienced player with multiple skills," Cal coach Rich Feller said. "She is a good serve-receiver and defensive player, while also having the ability to take some front-row swings as an outside hitter. She is coming in as a transfer and has a few extra years of experience to add to our team's competitiveness."
Curci, who is 5-9 and hails from Newport Beach, Calif., earned All-Pacific Coast League honors last fall. She helped Corona del Mar High School reach the CIF Division I finals as a junior and semifinals as a senior.
Curci's aunt, Sienna Curci, was an All-Region setter at Cal from 1989-1993 and is third on the Bears' all-time assists list with 4,008.
"Katie is a hard-working defensive player from a great club program," Feller said. "We are excited to add Katie to our roster for 2013. She will give us more options and depth in the passing game and on defense."
Blackwell, who attended Thomas More High School in San Jose, is 5-7 and a three-time Private Christian League most valuable player. She also led the Knights to three PCL championships.
"Sabrina comes to Cal with extensive experience as a high school and club player," Feller said. "She has been primarily a defensive specialist and will give us added depth as a serve-receiver and defensive player. She is a very good athlete and works hard at her craft."