November 15, 2012

Trio of Standouts Ink NLI's with Kathy Gregory and the Women's Volleyball Program

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kathy Gregory signed three players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day prospective recruits are able to do so.

Kristen Berlo, Ali Spindt, and Phoebe Grunt will all become Gauchos in Fall 2013.

Berlo – who was a star for the San Marcos volleyball and softball teams – will bring her two-sport talents to UCSB in the fall. "Kristen is one of the finest athletes to ever be recruited to UCSB," said Gregory. "She will be an impact player with her ability and her quickness. Berlo should be able to step in to score and block for the Gauchos immediately. She is noted for her work ethic and inspiring energy level, and should be familiar with the Gaucho ethos due to her local ties. Berlo was named the MVP of the Channel League this last year.

Ali Spindt, who will graduate from Menlo-Atherton High School, is a versatile player who figures to be a six-rotation player. Spindt can play multiple positions, including setter, opposite, and outside hitter. The San Mateo County Player of the Year and Under-Armor Player of the Year nominee brings bonafide credentials to her new team."Ali is a very physical player that plays at 10 feet," said Gregory. "She will also bring an outgoing, loud, and active personality to the team. Spindt was named an All-American in her junior year, and also earned team and league MVP honors.

Phoebe Grunt of St. Joseph's Notre Dame High School will instantly become the Gauchos' tallest player at 6'5". "Phoebe will give us a physical presence that we have been lacking," said Gregory. She has been pushed hard and coached well in her club program, and because of that she will be competing for a starting job." Phoebe, an excellent student, will graduate with a GPA over 4.0 and plans to major in engineering at UCSB. Grunt compiled 371 kills and 110 blocks in her senior season for the Pilots. She was named MVP of her high school team three straight years. Grunt was also named a Bay Area News Group "Star Athlete" in each of her four years of high school.

Coach Gregory is optimistic about the future regarding her three newest players. "All three of these players will be great assets. They're great students, great athletes, and should fit right in at UCSB."

Clockwise: Kristin Berlo signs her NLI, Ali Spindt rocks her new UCSB gear, Phoebe Grunt celebrates with parents Brock and Marel and her oldest brother, Kohl.