Mountain Lions Add Division I Transfer

By Doug Fitzgerald published June 10, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS - Just when the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs thought volleyball coach Keith Barnett had wrapped up his first recruiting class, he landed another big prize.

Barnett announced Wednesday that sophomore setter Cindy Bathelt had decided to transfer to UCCS from the University of Florida.

Bathelt was one of two starting setters in the Gator's 6-2 offense, playing when the rotation had taken the position to the back row. Kelly Murphy, the American Volleyball Coaches' Association national freshman of the year, was Florida's front-row setter.

A graduate of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Bathelt led the Gators with 623 assists in 2008. She also had 151 digs, 20 service aces and just one service reception error. She helped quarterback a Florida team that finished the season ranked No. 10 nationally, posting a 27-4 record overall and 18-2 in the tough Southeastern Conference.

At Pine Creek, Bathelt was named first-team Class 5A all-state by the Denver Post in both 2006 and 2007 and was a PrepVolleyball.com honorable mention All-American in 2007.

Bathelt is one of three former Pine Creek players (Nicole Pederson and Kim Boogaard are the others) now on the Mountain Lions' roster. She also competed with (and against) several UCCS players as a member of the prestigious Colorado Juniors club program.

"Cindy is a very good player who will fit in nicely with our program and its objectives" said Barnett. "She knows most of the players on the team already as she is from in town. Alex Nuttall, Lindsey Stich, and Cindy give us a very good balance at an important position."

The addition of Bathelt gives the Mountain Lions five transfers from NCAA Division I programs. Pederson comes to the Mountain Lions from Cal Poly, Kendall Utz from Florida Atlantic, Andrea Brodie came from Portland State and Boogaard cam from Iona.
"I am very happy with the amount of talent we have here at UCCS for our upcoming 2009 season and beyond,"said Barnett.

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