Bruins Announce Additions of Alupei and Luper
UCLA head women's volleyball coach Michael Sealy has announced that Francesca Alupei (Bucharest, Romania/Colegiul National Inochentie Micu Clain/C.S.M. Volei Alba Blaj) and Charitie Luper (Trophy Club, Texas/Byron Nelson HS/TAV) have signed their National Letters of Intent.
"Along with additional commitments this spring, I'm excited to announce the first two outstanding athletes in this signing class," Sealy said.
Alupei, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, currently plays for CSM Volei Alba Blaj in Romania. The daughter of two Olympic rowers, Alupei has competed with her club teams (CSM Bucuresti – 2016-2019) at the last three European Cups, as well as the 2017 and 2018 Volleyball European Championships.
"Francesca has played at a very high level in her home country and around Europe," Sealy said. "Her experience with the Romanian National Team has prepared her for Pac-12 and NCAA competition. Francesca hits with power and range and has a great blocking presence at the net. We are excited for her to join the team and have an immediate impact."
Luper, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, helped Byron Nelson HS to a Class 6A State title in 2019, the first in school history, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the championship match. The First Team All-American, All-State and All-Area honoree had 492 kills and 508 digs in her junior campaign. Recently earning Under Armour All-America First Team and AVCA All-Region honors, Luper was ranked sixth in the nation in the Prep Volleyball 2021 Top 150 list.
"Charitie is technically sound and plays the game at a very high level," Sealy said. "She is efficient in all aspects of the game, and as a fan of the sport, I love watching her play. Charitie is dynamic in the front row, competes with great energy and has amazing range in the back row. She will make everyone's job easier on the floor."