After spending time with Valencianas de Juncos in the Puerto Rican league, former University of Texas All-American Paulina Prieto Cerame is making a move to Çanakkale Belediyespor in the top Turkish division.
Prieto Cerame recently graduated Texas after going to back-to-back National Championship matches in 2015 and 2016. She actually started her collegiate career at Penn State before transferring to Austin. As a junior in 2015, she was named to the AVCA Second-Team All-America list before earning honorable mention distinction in her final season in 2016.
Standing at 6’2″, the 23-year old Prieto Cerame was an outside hitter in college and can also play the opposite role professionally. In her year in the Puerto Rican league, she notched 375 points in 88 sets of action as she helped her side to a runner-up finish in her inaugural pro season.
The move from Puerto Rico represents a departure from home for Prieto Cerame, who originally is a native of Puerto Rico. Being her homeland, she played with the national team in 2016 when they earned a Silver medal at the Pan American Cup and Bronze in Group 2 of the World Grand Prix.
For her new team, Çanakkale Belediyespor, the season’s first match is tomorrow. They are coming off of a sixth-place finish of the 12 team-league last year as they went 11-11.