Cal Volleyball Signs Hana Cutura, Catherine Dailey and Mindi Wiley.
Nov. 14, 2005
BEREKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 13-ranked University of California women's volleyball program has signed three highly touted high school volleyball players - Hana Cutura, Catherine Dailey and Mindi Wiley - to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller.
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 this past April 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 recently featured on the cover of the November issue of School Sports magazine, and was selected as the nation's No. 18 top high school recruit by PrepVolleyball.com.
'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 if Hana was an American, she 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.'
The 2005 Cal squad, currently ranked 13th nationally with a 17-7 overall record and 10-5 mark in the Pac-10, is in contention for its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional berth. The Golden Bears next host No. 12-ranked Santa Clara, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, before traveling to No. 5 Stanford, Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
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