EUGENE – The University of Oregon volleyball team announced the addition of middle blocker Clelia DeFelice to an already impressive incoming freshman class.

The 6-2 native of Milan, Italy has trained with the Italian junior national team and played the past two seasons for the Yamamay Busto Arsizio club.

“Clelia (pron. CLAY-lah) will really help us at middle blocker,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. “She offers impressive physical tools, and will bring great enthusiasm to our team. Her international club experience will make a difference for us immediately, especially in an area that we addressed in recruiting.”

In recent years, she has helped her current club win an under-18 provincial championship, and stake second- and sixth-place finishes in the regional championship and national tournament.

After the 2009-10 season, she played in the A series junior league championship, and helped her squad place second overall in Italy. Afterwards, she was rewarded with the event’s best blocker award.

She had previously played for the Pro Patria Volley Milano club since the age of 10, and was part of teams that staked 16-U and 18-U provincial championships. She was also tabbed the MVP in the event final in the 16-U tournament.

DeFelice’s addition boosts a newcomer class that already includes prep All-America outside hitter  Martenne Bettendorf, Senior Ace middle blocker Canace Finley, and Senior Ace 150 outside hitter Madison Magee.

Information for the latter three newcomers follows.

Name, Position, Height, Hand, Hometown, High School (Club)

- Martenne Bettendorf, Outside Hitter, 6-2, RH, Portland, Ore., Central Catholic H.S. (Oregon NW Juniors)
- Canace Finley, Middle Blocker, 6-2, RH, Fort Collins, Colo., Poudre H.S. (NORCO Juniors)
- Madison Magee, Outside Hitter, 6-1, RH, Sammamish, Wash., Skyline HS, (Washington VB Academy)

Closer to home this Friday, the Ducks wrap up their spring slate vs. Oregon State with a 5 p.m. exhibition match in Eugene at Matthew Knight Arena. Admission is free.

This fall, the Ducks look ahead to one of their most talented teams after it sported no seniors on last year’s squad (21-10, Pac-12: 14-8) that made its fifth postseason trip in last six years. Oregon also placed sixth in the Pac-12 – its third, league upper-division finish under then-seventh-year head coach Jim Moore (and sixth overall since the creation of the Pac-12 in 1986).

Looking ahead to August, UO welcomes back a pair of All-Pac-12 picks in All-American and senior Alaina Bergsma and sophomore Lauren Plum.

Oregon returns four other starters - All-Pac-12 Freshman Team choice and outside hitter Liz Brenner, senior outside hitter Katherine Fischer, senior defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki and junior middle blocker Ariana Williams.


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