Cal Volleyball Recruting Class Ranked Third in the Nation

May 31, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - University of California women's volleyball's 2006 recruiting class has been tabbed the third-best in the nation, trailing only Penn State and Texas, according to John Tawa of PrepVolleyball.com. In mid-November, the Cal staff of head coach Rich Feller, and assistants Matt McShane and Chris Bigelow, signed three highly touted high school volleyball players - Hana Cutura, Catherine Dailey and Mindi Wiley - to National Letters of Intent. The Golden Bears have since added talented players Carly Bouza, Kristen Kathan and Jill Brunswick to the program.

Hana Cutura (Hawn-a Shoot-er-Ah) is a 17-year-old, 6-3 outside hitter from Zagreb, Croatia, who has been a member of the Croatian Youth and Junior National Teams for several years. Cutura played in the European Championships for her youth national team in April 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia, leading Croatia to a fourth place finish, and last summer she also competed in the World Youth Championships in Macau, China. Cutura comes from an athletic family as her father, Zoran, is a former Olympic basketball star for Yugoslavia, and her mother, Gordana, a former member of the Croatian National Volleyball Team.

Catherine (Cat) Dailey is a 6-1 outside hitter from Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, Calif., where she was first-team, all-league as a junior. Dailey helped Sage Hill to a first-ever league title last year, and is the first athlete from her school to earn an athletic scholarship in any sport. She plays for the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club 18-1, and is a member of the 2005 Junior National A2 Team. Dailey is ranked the nation's No. 17 top 2006 high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. She was a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee as well.

A 6-3 middle hitter from Sonoma Valley High School, Mindi Wiley, also an outstanding high jumper, is a three-time Sonoma County All-League selection in volleyball. In 2004, Wiley was named both Redwood Empire Athlete of the Year, and Cal-Hi Junior Athlete of the Year. She has also been a two-year member of USA Volleyball's National Youth Team, and was a 2004 AAU Junior National Volleyball All-American. Wiley was featured on the cover of the November 2005 issue of School Sports magazine, and was selected as the nation's No. 18 top high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com.

Bouza is a 5-10 outside hitter from Acalanes High School, Kathan is a 5-6 outside hitter and libero from Campolindo High School, and Brunswick is a 5-7 libero from St. Margaret High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Kathan was noted by PrepVolleyball.com for her athleticism, while Bouza and Brunswick will provide the Bears with depth in the back row.

'This class will fit in nicely next year as we try to fill the spots that will be left by the graduation of Jenna Brown and Alicia Powers,' said Feller. 'Cat and Mindi are ranked 17th and 18th by PrepVolleyball.com, and Hana would be rated among that group. Cat is an all-around player who can hit from the left-side and play in the backcourt. Mindi is a talented front row player who is smooth and a great blocker with an explosive jump. Hana is a strong hitter with great athletic ability, and can play any of the front row positions.

'Carly, Kristen and Jill will be welcomed additions to the team. They provide us with depth and will contribute in a lot of different ways. Carly and Jill have strong Cal ties as well. Carly's dad, Matt Bouza, played football for the Bears (1978-80) and professionally for the 49ers and Colts, while Jill's dad, Robert Brunswick, swam at Cal.

The 2005 Cal squad finished 19-11 and advanced to the NCAA second round for a school-record fourth year in-a-row, falling to host Wisconsin in the NCAA regional in Madison, Wisc.

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