UCLA Signs Six Men's Volleyball Players

Nov. 20, 2006

During the November signing period, six high school players signed National Letters of Intent to play men's volleyball at UCLA, the athletic department announced.

Phillip Darin, Darwin Edwards, David Freitag, Marko Glisic, John Polales and Alex Scattareggia are expected to attend UCLA next Fall.

"We feel that this is an excellent group of prospects," said Head Coach Al Scates. "We have filled our needs for the future with this class, and our tradition will be intact for years to come."

The Bruins signed three middle blockers, a pair of outside hitters, one setter and one player who can play all three hitting positions.

Phillip Darin (6-7. Edison HS, Huntington Beach, CA) led the Chargers to the 2006 CIF and Sunset League Championships. He is a two-time Junior Olympics bronze medalist, who has played in the Global Challenge tournament for the past two years, winning "Best Scorer" in 2005.

Darwin Edwards (6-5. Peninsula HS, Palos Verdes, CA) will be a third generation Bruin. His grandfather, Dick Edwards played football and his father, John was on the fencing team. Darwin earned First-Team All-Bay League and Peninsula's MVP award in 2006. He has the Panthers to a pair of CIF Championships.

David Freitag (6-6, Pacific Luthern HS, Torrance, CA) has played middle blocker, opposite and outside hitter while leading the Riptides Volleyball Club to a 16-1 record last season. Attending UCLA will be a family tradition. Freitag's grandfather, father and his father's three siblings all graduated from UCLA. His aunt, Catherine Clarke, remained on campus and is currently a professor in the Biochemistry Department.

Marko Glisic (6-9, DuPage CC, Glen Ellyn,IL) is originally from Pancevo, Serbia. He left the country in the 11th grade because of political strife. He came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated in 2006 from Acorn HS in Mena, Ark

Jack Polales (6-5, New Trier HS, Winnetka, IL) led the Adversity Volleyball Club team to first place in the 2006 ASICS Junior National Volleyball Championships. Last year he led New Trier to the Central Suburban League title (tie) and a regional title. He also was a member of the USA Junior National Team.

Alex Scattareggia (6-4, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego, CA) is a starting setter who led Seaside Volleyball Club to the 2006 national championship at the Junior Olympics. A two-time JO All-American, he also led Rancho Bernardo to the CIF San Diego Section I finals two straight years.

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