Cal Beach Volleyball Inks Elite Recruitment Class

Cal Beach Volleyball Inks Elite Recruitment Class

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Left to right: Audrey Liddle, Alex Adishian, Julia Capps and Emma Donley.

All four prospects are products of the USA Volleyball Development Program

BERKELEY — The Cal beach volleyball team this week signed four student-athletes to a national memorandum of understanding that reinforces the depth of the program with a collection of prospects who have each spent time in the USA Beach Volleyball National Team Development Program.

Joining the Golden Bear program are Los Gatos’ Audrey Liddle, Manhattan Beach’s Julia Capps, Los Altos’ Emma Donley and Manhattan Beach’s Alex Adishian.

“We are very excited to have these new Bears join our family,” said Cal’s head coach Meagan Owusu said. “They will enrich our program from both a cultural and a performance perspective.”

Liddle, 6-0, has been a member of the US Development Program since 2018 and was named the 2021 Cal-Hi Sports Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year (Indoor).

“Audrey has the potential to be both a blocker and a defender for us,” Owusu said. “She has a heavy arm and has played at a high level both indoors and on the beach. We’re glad she’s staying in her backyard.”

Capps, 5-11, was a member of the USA Development Program for two years and her younger brother Simon is also in the program.

“Julia comes from a volleyball family,” said Owusu. “She is a very versatile player and has the potential to take on many roles in our team.”

Adishian, 5-9, was selected to play in the USA development program for five consecutive years. She won the 2022 U18 CBVA Cal Cup Championship in August and also has two AAU wins in her career.

“Alex is both a high-profile beach player and a high-profile student,” Owusu said. “She will be a great addition to our culture. She grew up in the USA program since she was very young.”

Donley, 6-4, also spent two years in the United States Development Program. She teamed with Adishian to finish ninth at the AVP Junior Nationals in Hermosa Beach last summer.

“Emma has the ability to immediately contribute as a blocker to our program,” Owusu said. “She’s also from our backyard and is one of the best players in Northern California.”

The Bears finished last season ranked 11th in the country and made their first-ever appearance at the NCAA championships. The 2023 season starts in February.