Cal Volleyball Signs Three Players to Letters of Intent

Nov. 17, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The No. 14-ranked University of California women's volleyball program has signed three highly touted high school volleyball players - Morgan Beck, Sydney Blancarte and Kathleen Reilly - to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller.

Beck is a 6-2 outside hitter from Coto De Caza, who has broken several records at San Clemente High School this fall - including 545 kills and a .500 hitting percentage for the season, and 39 kills and 11 service aces in a single match. A first team All-CIF selection, Beck was a member of the USA Youth National Training team in 2003, and was recently picked as the nation's No. 26 top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. She is currently competing with her high school team at the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Blancarte, a 6-1 middle hitter from Alamo, is a first team All-Bay Valley Athletic League selection, leading Carondelet High School to the 2004 BVAL title and a No. 1 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs. Picked as the nation's No. 71 top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com, she also led her Golden Bear 18-Forefront team to a top 10 finish at the 2004 Junior Olympic Championships.

A 6-2 middle hitter from Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas, Reilly was named the 2004 District 8-5A Most Valuable Player and is rated the nation's 13th top high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. This season, Reilly has recorded a school-record 501 kills with a .426 hitting percentage, and averages 4.36 kills per game. She also set a school record with 33 kills in a match, and leads her team with 172 blocks (1.5 bpg) and 307 digs (2.67 dpg).

'This class provides us with size, experience and athleticism from all three players,' said Feller. 'Morgan is a strong offensive player with great back row ability. Sydney is an experienced middle blocker who is on one of the top high school teams in the state. She also plays club volleyball with Cal associate head coach Lee Maes, so she has a lot of knowledge about how we train. Kathleen is exceptionally athletic, as well, and one of the best middle blockers in Texas.'

The 2004 Cal squad, currently ranked 14th nationally with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 mark in the Pac-10, is in contention for its third consecutive NCAA Regional berth.

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