May 2, 2013

Matador Women's Volleyball Announces 2013-14 Recruiting Class

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge women's volleyball head coach Jeff Stork has announced the addition of four players that will join the Matadors for the 2013 season. Donning the red, black and white in 2013 will be Julie Haake (Keller, TX/Keller HS/Tejas Volleyball Club), Andrea Blake (Altadena, CA/Glendale Academy/San Gabriel Elite Volleyball Club), Stephanie Serna (Ontario, CA/Capistrano Valley HS/Orange County Volleyball Club) and Rachel Diaz (King City, CA/King City HS/IMUA Volleyball Club).

Julie Haake, a 6-0 outside hitter from Keller High School in Keller, Texas, is the first player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. Haake was listed among the top-250 recruits in the nation and was a first team All-District outside hitter for the Indians as a senior. She was a second team selection as a junior in 2011 and was a two-time Academic All-District honoree. Haake also competes for the Tejas Volleyball Club based in North Richland Hills, Texas.

"We've been watching Julie for about three to four years," said Stork. "She's an an outstanding athlete who is a very strong, physical outside hitter. She has a natural motion as far as attacking the ball and she can hit it very hard. Julie is going to fit in very well here, she's comfortable with the team dynamic and I'm excited to have her in our program."

Andrea Blake, a 6-0 outside hitter from Glendale Adventist Academy in Glendale, Calif., is the second player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. She competed in both volleyball and basketball and was a three-time Most Valuable Player for the Cougars. Blake also competes for the San Gabriel Elite Volleyball Club.

"Andrea is a local kid from the San Gabriel Elite Volleyball Club," said Stork. "Physically, she has the capability of playing at the Division I level. She's a little bit behind in volleyball skills but we feel that she will have the ability to play a faster, stronger, higher game required at the NCAA level. We're excited to have her in our volleyball family."

Stephanie Serna, a 6-2 middle blocker from Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., is the third player to sign with the Matadors and the first during the late signing period. She was a South Coast All-League second team selection in 2011 as well as earning Best Offensive Player accolades. Serna also competes for the Orange County Volleyball Club.

"Stephanie is a quick player and a player that can play at a higher speed which will help her transition into the collegiate game," said Stork. "As a middle attacker she is very good off of one foot, we're also equally excited for her to join our program."

Rachel Diaz, a 6-2 middle blocker/opposite from King City High School in King City, Calif., is joining the Matadors in the fall. She lettered in volleyball for three years for the Mustangs of King City High School and was named Best Offensive Hitter in 2009. Diaz also competes for the IMUA Volleyball Club based in Marina, Calif.

"Rachel is a young volleyball player," said Stork. "She has the ability to have success at the Division I level but had some injuries throughout high school which has delayed her skill development. She will also need to get physically stronger. Rachel is excited to be coming to CSUN and we are happy to have her in our program."

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