Incoming Golden Bears Named to Volleyball Magazine Fab 50
March 20, 2009
Three players from California volleyball's incoming freshman class were named to the Sports Imports/Volleyball Magazine 2009 Girls Fab 50 list this week. Elly Barrett (Westlake HS/Austin, Texas), Tia Gaffen (Wayzata HS, Plymouth, Minn.), and Correy Johnson (Lake Howell HS, Winter Park, Fla.) were each selected to the exclusive list that honors the top high school senior volleyball players in the country.
The most highly-regarded senior setter in the nation and one of 2009's most sought-after recruits, Barrett is as accomplished as prep volleyball players come. She led her team to the Texas state finals in 2005 and 2007 and was named a 2007 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. Among her many all-tournament and MVP accolades, Barrett holds the distinction of having led her Junior Olympics team to the 2008 title, garnering MVP honors on the way.
A middle blocker from the Gopher State, Gaffen recently took her team to a fifth place finish as she received All-State First Team honors. She became the first player in Wayzata history to record 1,000 career kills and this fall, logged the highest hitting percentage and most kills in a single season. Gaffen parlayed a top-50 junior recruit listing into a PrepVolleyball.com Top 50 Senior Ace listing and received 2007 all-tournament honors at the junior Olympics.
Johnson is a middle blocker from the Sunshine State. She received Florida All-Star Volleyball notice in 2008 and was named Best Blocker at the National Jr. Classic. She too is a PrepVolleyball.com Top 50 Senior Ace. As a junior in 2007, she was named to the all-state second team and was the Seminole County Volleyball Player of the year. She holds Lake Howell single game and single season records for both blocks in volleyball and blocked shots in basketball and was a Lake Howell Heisman Trophy Winner.
The Bears received the No. 6 ranking in the final Bison/AVCA poll, after completing the 2008 season with the best record in school history at 26-7 (.788). Cal also recorded a program-best 13 victories in conference play (defeating every team at least once for the first time in school history) and finished third in the Pac-10 (13-5).
Cal advanced to the NCAA regional final for the second consecutive year where they fell to eventual NCAA champion, top-seeded Penn State in the University Park region. The Bears set school records with new marks for winning streaks by claiming 29 consecutive sets without a loss and winning 16 straight home matches.
The Bears open spring scrimmage competition on Saturday, April 4 as Cal heads to San Francisco for the USF spring tournament.
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