Nov. 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES - UCLA head women's volleyball coach Andy Banachowski announced a fourth National Letter of Intent signee on Monday as Kaitlin Sather joins Elise Carstensen, Kelsey Hall and Nellie Spicer as part of UCLA's 2005 freshman class. Sather will be UCLA's final women's volleyball signee during the November signing period. Information on all four student-athletes follows.
Elise Carstensen is a 6-4 middle blocker from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Ga. Carstensen is a three-time All-State selection and was named Georgia's State MVP last season. The Westminster School has won three consecutive Championships, with Carstensen putting down match point in last year's final. "Elise has a great arm and is eager to learn the middle blocker position," said Banachowski. "She will be able to help us right away."
Kelsey Hall is a 6-1 outside hitter from Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, Calif. Hall is not playing volleyball during her senior season due to a torn ACL suffered during tournament play last summer. An All-CIF performer as a junior, Hall was the 2004 Open 16 Division MVP in 2003, leading her Mavericks club team to the tournament championship. "Kelsey has an uncanny knack for the game," said Banachowski. "Defensively, she is a solid passer and can put the ball away."
Kaitlin Sather is a 6-1 outside hitter from Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. A versatile player who is ranked in the national top-20 by PrepVolleyball.com. "Kaitlin has played every position and is as complete a player as any freshman we have had," said Banachowski. "Kaitlin plays with an intensity and excitement that is infectious. She's a great competitor who will relish the challenges of the Pac-10."
Nellie Spicer is a 5-9 setter from Barrington High School in Barrington, Ill. Spicer is ranked as the nation's top senior setter by PrepVolleyball.com, and as the No. 9 recruit in the nation. Spicer played for the USA Junior Team as a libero during the summer of 2004, and is expected to contend for UCLA's starting setter position in 2005. "Nellie is a dynamic setter with a deceptive delivery," said Banachowski. "Her teammates will love hitting her sets and playing with her."
"We needed to stay big in the middle and replenish our outside hitting corps," said Banachowski. "Plus, we picked up the best setter in the country, so I am extremely pleased with this recruiting class."