Press Release courtesy of Cal Athletics
The Cal volleyball team has added two accomplished student-athletes to the program, interim head coach Jennifer Dorr announced Tuesday.
Bella Bergmark, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Larkspur, Calif, and Gabby Bellizzi, a 5-6 libero from Ladera Ranch, Calif., have each submitted a Statement of Intent to Register and will join the Golden Bears program in the fall.
“Both of these players will add to the depth of our program at their positions, as well as continue the extraordinary track record of academic excellence within our program,” Dorr said. “We are excited to get them on campus and join the Golden Bear family.”
Bergmark led Marin Catholic High School to back-to-back North Coast Section championships and is a two-time All-Marin County Athletic League selection. She also was named to the honor roll all four years of high school.
“Bella has grown into a physical middle blocker who hits well in front and behind the setter,” Dorr said. “When she came on her official visit, she asked very intelligent questions and was very observant of the match and what was going on. We feel that she will blend into the group immediately and compete for playing time.”
Bellizzi is a three-time All-South Coast League pick who helped San Juan Hills High School reach the CIF Southern California Division I championship match as a senior. She was also a member of the National Honors Society.
“Gabby is a fiery defensive specialist with great all-around ball control as well as a tenacious personality on the court,” Dorr said. “She is an incredibly good student and has a passion for Cal’s combination of athletics and academics. That was a big reason she decided to come here.”
The Bears are currently going through spring workouts and will play three scrimmages in April, beginning at UC Davis on April 14.