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Women’s volleyball adds seven new faces to the 2024 roster

SANTA BARBARA, California – The UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team has announced the remaining additions who will join the roster for the 2024 season.

“With this class of 2024, we add new talent and depth at every position in our 6-2 system,” said Head Coach Matt Jones. The class consists of two setters (Katrina Catalan and Harper Hall), two six-rotation pins (Kate Martin and Madison Triplett), two middle blockers with the option to play right (Anna Boatner and Caroline Foraker) and one libero (Bianca Nistor) As we continue to develop our program, two things we value in the recruiting process are the intrinsic motivation and competitive fire. These two qualities radiate from this class of recruits to have. “

The first recruit the Gauchos want to highlight is Anna Boatner. Boatner played her high school career at Keller High School in Texas. Her success as a middle blocker led her to national recognition from the AVCA, Prepvolleyball.com and USA Volleyball. She finished her high school career as the defensive MVP while being named District Four Blocker of the Year. Additionally, she played club volleyball for one of the top club teams in the country in TAV with future teammate Harper Hall. Boatner plans to study biological sciences and chose UC Santa Barbara over SMU and Air Force.

Next, the team wants to put Katrina Catalan in the spotlight. Catalan joins the Gauchos from San Diego, where she attended Vista Murrieta High School. She was a two-time First Team All-Southwestern League winner, while being named the league’s MVP as a senior. The setter also earned a spot on the All-CIF team. She plans to study economics and chose UC Santa Barbara over UC Davis, Hawai’i, Pepperdine and Fresno State.

Caroline Foraker is next as she comes to Santa Barbara from Davis, California, where she played for St. Francis High School. During that time, she was an All-Delta League First Team selection and was named to the UA Next Watch List twice in her career. She also led her team to a championship and a second-place finish at the San-Joaquin Sectional. As if that wasn’t enough, she was also named MaxPreps Player of the Game six times during her career. The middle blocker chose UC Santa Barbara over rival Cal Poly.

Harper Hall will also join the Gauchos in the fall. She comes to Santa Barbara from Highland Park High School in Texas, where she was a letter-winner for three years. Her team was ranked second in the nation among high school teams as they were three-time district champions. Individually, she was named Newcomer of the Year at her conference, while also earning First Team All-District honors. Along the way, she collected more than 2,500 career assists and was named District Setter of the Year, while also earning Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State honors. When she wasn’t playing for her high school team, Hall played for one of the top club teams in the country in TAV with future teammate Anna Boatner. She plans to study psychology and chose UC Santa Barbara over DePaul, Texas A&M and Villanova.

The next Gaucho the team wants to put in the spotlight is Kate Martin. Martin was born in Mar Vista, California, making the trip down the 101 to UC Santa Barbara. She played volleyball for Marymount High School, where she helped her team finish third in CIF while earning All-CIF honors. This performance also helped the outside hitter earn All-Mission League recognition as she was named her team’s MVP. Marymount High School also played in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona, where she was named the tournament’s MVP. She also made the All-Tournament Team during the Salt Lake City Qualifier with Mizuno Long Beach. She chose UC Santa Barbara over Duke and Princeton.

Next up for UC Santa Barbara is Bianca Nistor. Nistor comes to California from Plymouth, Minnesota, where she was a libero at Wayzata High School. She was a team captain and served as the starting libero for two seasons, helping her team win back-to-back MSHL 4A State Championships. Along the way, she earned MSHL All-Tournament Team honors and was named to the All-Lake Conference team. During her club volleyball experience, she led her team to a third-place finish at USAV Nationals in 2023 and was a three-time AAU Academic All-American. She plans to study biology and chose UC Santa Barbara over Cornell, San Diego State, Stony Brook and Columbia.

The last new face in the selection for next season is Madison Triplett. Triplett comes to the Gauchos from Lakeside, California, where she played volleyball for El Capitan High School. During her time there, she was named as the Grossmont Hills League MVP for consecutive seasons after leading her team to the championship. During her time at El Capitan, the outside hitter set the record for most career kills with 1,510. She plans to study communications at UC Santa Barbara after choosing the Gauchos over UNLV and Grand Canyon.

These seven freshmen will join another new face in Layanna Green, who transferred to UC Santa Barbara from Northern Iowa. She has been training with the team since the start of spring quarter. Fans can discover these eight new faces and all of this season’s returning Gauchos. Season tickets can be purchased at ucsbgauchos.com/tickets.