The 2013-14 school year is upon us. Find out where the top incoming freshman have decided to begin their college careers and keep track of the established players transferring to new universities, as well as those furthering their careers on the pro circuit.
Nele Barber, a member of the German Junior National Team for the past three years, will join the Marquette women’s volleyball squad this fall. Standing six feet tall, the outside hitter will likely contribute to the squad right away as a freshman.
Illinois is already working on their 2015 roster. Alison Bastianelli became the third Class of 2015 member to verbally commit to playing for the Fighting Illini. The Marysville High School (Mich.) junior middle blocker stands 6'2", and her Legacy Volleyball Club 16-1 team won the open division at AAU Nationals in June with a record of 13-0.
When she finished her junior year of high school this spring Carlie Cuffle still hadn’t decided whether to pursue basketball, volleyball, or soccer in college. But over the summer while at the Southeast Missouri State volleyball, her talent caught head coach Julie Yankus’ eye and she offered the outside hitter a scholarship to play for the Division I program. The Riverton High School (Ill.) multisport athlete is not yet able to sign a National Letter of Intent but has made a verbal commitment to the school.
University of South Florida head coach Courtney Draper spotted Adyson Goodnight at AAU Nationals in Orlando while Goodnight was playing for River City Juniors out of Omaha, Neb. After a tour of the USF campus, Goodnight declared herself ready to commit. The 6'0" outside hitter will join the Bulls next fall after she graduates from Papillion-La Vista South.
Jose Carlos Martinez, a graduate of the Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, Ohio, and a native of Puerto Rico, has committed to play volleyball at UC San Diego in 2014. The setter led his team to the Puerto Rico Junior Nationals title in 2012 and has earned a medal of each sheen at USAV Boys’ Junior Nationals. Joining him at UCSD will be Jackson Wopat, a middle blocker from Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara and the brother of Stanford standout Carly Wopat. Jackson was a volleyball and basketball starter in high school, but will pursue only the former in college.
Alexa Strange, a standout on Nebraska’s sand and indoor volleyball teams, has transferred to USC where she will focus solely on the outdoor version of the sport. The former backup setter and right side hitter for the Huskers hails from San Clemente, Calif., and helped the first-year sand program to a final AVCA ranking of 7th at the end of the 2013 season.
Florida State’s Fatma Yildirim has been tapped to train with the Turkish national team in hopes of representing her home country at the FIVB U23 Championships in Tijuana, Mexico, October 5-12. The 5'11" Yildirim earned honorable mention All-American honors and was a co-captain of her college team her senior year. The outside hitter will train with the Turkish National Team this summer and fall and return to Florida State in the spring to finish her degree in dietetics.
Originally published in October 2013