Other Sports Signings

UCLA had a great haul this fall in recruiting, signing some very big-named prospects in sports other than football and basketball, including one of the top women's basketball players in the country and possibly the #1 men's volleyball prospect...

A number of top athletes have signed letters of intent during the fall signing period to attend UCLA and participate in sports other than men's basketball. Here is a closer look at the latest crop of new Bruins.


Women's Basketball:


Head coach Kathy Olivier has signed four new players who will enter UCLA in the fall of 2003. "This is a class that brings in a great deal of talent and promise," Olivier said. We competed with many of the other top programs across the country and came out on top."


Noelle Quinn, G, 6-0, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery is rated the No. 1 two-guard in the nation by All-Star Girls Report, and named the nation's No. 8 recruit by Student Sports. Quinn is included in virtually every national Top 10 list of recruits. As a junior she averaged 21.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocks, and she was named Division III California State Player of the Year.


Amanda Livingston, F, 6-1, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. She was first-team All-CIF II-A and led her team to a 29-4 record last season. She was named an honorable mention Street & Smith's All-American.


Consuelo Lezcano, C, 6-4, Marathon (Florida) was named one of the top five prep players in the state of Florida. She averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as a junior. All-Star Girls Report rates her one of the top 30 players in the country.


Shaina Zaidl, G, 5-8, Los Angeles Marlborough averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists last season. She was named first-team Southern Section All-CIF IV-AA.


Women's Voilleyball:


With the signing of these four new players, head coach, Andy Banachowski believes this is one of the best classes he's signed in several years. "They will add to the depth of our team and challenge for playing time immediately next fall," Banachowski said.


Becky Green, 6-1, outside hitter, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Marina is a great beach volleyball player. She was named All-CIF and is a reliable all-around player. Banachowski believes she may be the most advanced player of the group.


Katie Carter, 6-3, middle blocker, Steamboat Springs (Col.) is an All-State player in Colorado. She led her team to the state finals as a junior. Carter was named Western Slope League Most Valuable Player in 2002.


Rachell Johnson, 5-11, outside hitter, San Diego Torrey Pines led her team to the state championship match as a sophomore. As a junior she was named All-State and named a Pre-Season All-American this year.


Colby Lyman, 6-0, outside hitter, Los Altos (Calif.) St. Francis is a two-sport athlete competing in volleyball and track and field. Also named a Pre-Season All-American this year. Her father Brad played football at UCLA from 1969-72.




UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field signed three top gymnasts to letters of intent. "Once again we are reloading with amazing talent," said Kondos Field. "Not only are they talented and powerful athletes, but they are also excellent students in the classroom."


Ashley Peckett, Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Port Credit is a three-year Canadian national team member who qualified for the all-around at the 2001 World Championships.


Aimee Walker, Valley Village (Calif.) has trained at Olympus School of Gymnastics in Sandy, Utah. She is an international elite gymnast who is training toward the 2003 U.S.  and World Championships.


Courtney Walker, Santa Monica (Calif.) is no relation to Aimee. She is a two-time Level 10 national championship qualifier. In 2002, she won the Level 10 state titles on vault and beam. In the 2001 State Championships she won all-around, vault, beam and floor.


Women's Golf:


One of the nation's top junior golfers has signed a letter of intent to join head coach, Carrie Leary's golf team


Hannah Jun, San Diego Torrey Pines is rated the No. 16 by Golfweek/Titleist and has six top 10 finishes in eight American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events in 2002. She finished second at the 2002 Callaway Junior World Championships. Jun is an All-CIF performer, and she just completed winning her third straight CIF San Diego Section Championship.


Women's Swimming:


Three new recruits have signed letters of intent to join head coach, Cyndi Gallagher's program at UCLA. Gallagher believes all three swimmers will have an immediate impact on the program in 2003.


Jeana Funicillo, Lebanon (Ill.) Althoff Catholic is a national junior team member and was a finalist in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley at the 2002 Senior National Championships.


Amy Thurman, Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte is considered one of the most highly recruited high school sprinters this year. She competes for the Orinda Aquatics club team.


Katie Nelson, Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula is a three-time YMCA National Champion in the 1650 Free and a national record holder in the 1000 Free.




Two top California preps have signed to join head coach, Gary Adams' UCLA baseball team. "We are extremely excited to add two dual-position players to an already talented team," said pitching coach Gary Adcock. "We are expecting an immediate impact from these two young men in the 2004 season." The size of the 2003 class limited the available scholarships for the 2004 class.


Brent Rustich, RHP, 6-6, El Cajon (Calif.) Grossmont was rated among the top 50 high school prospects by Baseball America and Propects Plus. He is not only a solid pitcher, he is also very talented with the bat.


Brian Schroeder, LHP, San Diego Christian is the son of 1980 Bruin quarterback Jay Schroeder. Brian has a ton of movement on his fastball coupled with a real nasty slider.


Men's Volleyball:


UCLA head coach, Al Scates, enters his 41st season signing two of the nation's top men's volleyball players. "At the Junior Olympics they were the best players out there," Scates said. "This ensures that UCLA will be a championship contender for the next several years." Both players are rated No. 1 at their positions.


Steve Klosterman, 6-7, outside hitter, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Marina earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Junior Olympics. He was All-CIF and started for the USA Junior National Team at the 2001 Championships in Canada. He is considered by many to be the #1 prospect in the country.


Julio "Gaby" Acevedo, 6-2, setter, Puerto Rico is a three-time Junior National All-American, and he earned Rookie of the Year honors at the 2001 Puerto Rican Championships. He joins four other players from Puerto Rico on the UCLA roster.


Men's Tennis:


The No. 1 rated player in the United States Tennis Association Boys' 18s singles rankings has signed to play for UCLA men's tennis coach Billy Martin. "I'm extremely happy that we were able to sign the top-ranked junior in the country," said Martin.


Robert Yim, Glendale (Calif.) previously attended Glendale high school, but is currently being home schooled. He was a main draw participant in all four of the junior grand slams in 2002, reaching the round of 16 in the Australian and U.S. Opens. Yim has been ranked as high as No. 22 in the ITF World Junior Rankings.


Men's Golf:


Head coach O.D. Vincent signed his first two players since taking the position. "Both players are very excited about the future of our program," Vincent said. "I really appreciate the faith both these young men have shown in me and Bruin golf."


Peter Campbell is ranked No. 26 by Golfweek/Titleist. He was voted San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Year, and named All-League, All-CIF and All-State. Campbell finished eighth in the 2002 Junior World Golf Championships and was the top American finisher.


Chris Heintz, Brea (Calif.) Brea-Olinda has placed second in the Las Vegas Founders, fourth in the AJGA Spokane Junior Tournament.

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