Cal Volleyball Signs Strong 2002 Recruiting Class

Nov. 18, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California women's volleyball program has signed three athletes who were among Student Sports Magazine's top 100 recruiting prospects - Sam Carter, Natalie Smart and Amanda Fox - to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller.

Carter is a 5-10 setter from Orlando, Fla., who was ranked as the 28th-best recruit and sixth-best setter by Student Sports Magazine this past summer. She attends Bishop Moore High School and also competes for the Orlando Volleyball Club. Carter is a two-time first team All-State selection, helping lead her high school team to the 1999 and 2000 3A State Titles. Her high school squad finished third in the Florida Final Four volleyball tournament last weekend. Carter has been an AAU All-American from 1997-02 as well.

Smart is a 6-2 middle blocker from Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nev. This fall she was a member of the Sunset Region All-Conference team and was named Sunset Region MVP. Smart also helped lead her team to the 2002 Nevada state title last weekend and a third-place state finish in 2001. She was a member of the USA Junior National Team this past summer and competes for the Nevada Juniors club team. Smart was selected as the nation's 50th top volleyball recruit in Student Sports Magazine.

Fox, a 6-3 outside hitter from El Molino High School in Forestville, Calif., was selected as the 53rd top recruit by Student Sports Magazine. This fall her high school team went undefeated in Sonoma County League play without losing a single game and will be competing in the North Coast Section tournament this week. Fox is a four-time all-league selection, earning league MVP and state all-tournament honors in 2001. She was a member of the 2000 USA Youth National Team as well.

'This is certainly one of the best, if not the best, recruiting classes since I have been the coach at Cal. It could also be one of the top recruiting classes in the nation,' said Feller. 'These players feature size, experience and ability in all three positions. They will add a great deal of depth to our program and will immediately be battling for playing time.'

The 2002 Cal squad, currently 17-10 overall and 7-10 in Pac-10, is in contention for the school's first NCAA Regional berth since 1989.

Name		        Pos.		Hometown		High SchoolSam Carter, 5-10	S		Orlando, FL		Bishop Moore HSAmanda Fox, 6-3		OH		Forestville, CA		El Molino HSNatalie Smart, 6-2	MB		Las Vegas, NV		Durango HS
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