UCLA women’s volleyball head coach Michael Sealy has announced the signing of Olga Strantzali to a National Letter of Intent. Strantzali, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Pylaia, Thessaloniki, Greece, will join the Bruins starting with the 2014 season.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of Olga Strantzali to our roster,” Sealy said. “Olga has been a star at the European Junior National Level in Greece and has played with the Greek National Team as well. She has international playing experience beyond her years and we know that she will come in and contribute right away.”
Strantzali joins four previously announced transfers, Izzy Carmona, Julie Consani, Taylor Formico and Michaela Leonard, who will debut as Bruins in 2014.
Strantzali attends Hellenic College of Thessaloniki in Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece, where she has helped the school to three National School Championships, a third-place finish in the 2014 World School Championship and a fourth-place showing in the 2012 World School Championship. She had 263 kills, 57 aces and 330 points as a senior.
Strantzali plays club volleyball with Iraklis Thessaloniki. In 2013, she was the second leading scorer and named the Best Outside Hitter in First Division Women Greece. With the Greek National Team in ’13, she helped her country to a fifth-place showing in the European Championships in Montenegro, improving on an eighth-place finish in the 2011 tournament. Strantzali was the top scorer (224 points) and server (59 aces) in the 2013 Championships.
In 2011 with Iraklis, she helped the team to a first-place finish in Youth Championship Thessaloniki and was the MVP of the first-place Youth Championship Greece squad. In 2012, she played club with Aias Evosmou, repeating her first-place showings in both Youth Championship tournaments from the year before, earning MVP in the Youth Greece and Thessaloniki Women’s Cup. Strantzali and the Greece National Team were fourth in the 2012 Balkan Championship and she was the top scorer with 101 points.
“Olga is an intelligent powerful attacker, an efficient passer and has a jump serve that will score points from the service line,” Sealy said. “She comes from a volleyball family, has Olympic aspirations and will raise the level of performance in our gym.”