June 10, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Head coach Erin Appleman announced today that Cat Dailey, who helped the University of California advance to the 2007 Final Four, has transferred to Yale and will join the volleyball team for the 2008 season.
Dailey, a 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter from Newport Beach, Calif., played two seasons at Cal. She will be able to play right away and has two years of eligibility remaining. Dailey played in 70 games for the Golden Bears in 2007, recording 31 kills, 21 service aces and 66 digs. She had 49 kills, seven aces and 90 digs in 20 matches as a freshman. Dailey posted career-highs of 19 kills, 17 digs and four blocks in a win over Arizona State on Sept. 29, 2006.
As a senior at Sage Hill High School, Dailey earned CIF Southern Section Division IV Player of the Year honors as Sage Hill won the CIF Southern Section championship. She was also named Academy League Player of the Year and the conference's Female Athlete of the Year for the 2005-06 season. A First Team All-Orange County selection in 2005, Dailey was a first team all-league selection as both a junior and a senior.
"Cat is someone I tried very hard to recruit a few years ago because of her versatility and feel for the game," Appleman said. "She is a very good fit for our team, and I am looking forward to Cat joining our team in the fall. She is a very passionate competitor and loves Yale University. We are excited about all the positive qualities she brings to our team."
Dailey joins a program that has 12 returning letterwinners and welcomes five other newcomers next season. The Bulldogs open the 2008 campaign by hosting Boston College in the Yale Invitational on Sept. 12.
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity