Middle Hitter Gaffen Transfers to UNC

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Sophomore middle hitter Tia Gaffen has left the Cal volleyball team to transfer to North Carolina. Gaffen has enrolled in spring classes there and will have two years of eligibility as a Tar Heel.

Gaffen did not see much playing time for the Bears, participating in 29 matches during her two years in Berkeley and only 21 sets this season. During her limited time on the court, she registered 48 kills and 44 blocks. Gaffen made an appearance in Cal's sweep of North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I am fully supportive of Tia's decision to transfer," coach Rich Feller told Calbears.com. "She has been a great team member for two years and has always worked hard in the gym and in support of her teammates."

Feller's squad is stacked at the middle hitter position, with starting sophomores Kat Brown and Shannon Hawari returning, and the addition of star recruit Lillian Schonewise from Papillion, Neb.

As a Tar Heel, the 6-foot-2 Wayzata, Minn., native hopes to have the opportunity to start.

"She will have an immediate impact on our team filling in a very important position for us as a middle hitter," North Carolina coach Joe Sagula said to Tarheelblue.com. "The experience she brings competing these past two years with the Cal program and their accomplishments in the NCAAs will be a key component to our team success this coming season."


Christina Jones covers volleyball. Contact her at [email protected]

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