May 2, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head volleyball coach Ed Allen announced today the signing of libero Caitlin Bernardin to the 2013 recruiting class. Bernardin will come to Tuscaloosa as a junior after playing her sophomore season at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Calif.
"Caitlin is a passionate player with a lot of versatility," Allen said. "We expect her to come in and challenge for the starting libero position right away. Her competitive energy and spirit, combined with her ball control and ability to pressure from the service line will add a great deal to our team."
Bernardin, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., is coming off a season that saw the sophomore outside hitter/libero earn Second Team Junior College All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Bernardin led Bakersfield College and was second in the California junior college ranks with 4.89 kills per set, finishing the season with 444 total kills in 91 sets. Additionally, she posted 401 digs in 2012, to average 4.41 digs per set.
A First Team All-Western State Conference selection, Bernardin helped the Renegades post a 22-6 record in 2012, as the team finished sixth in the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) final rankings. She was also first team all-state and all-SoCal selections by the CCCAA.
Bernardin began her collegiate career at Point Loma Nazarene, where she played in 96 sets as a freshman in 2011. That year she averaged 2.95 digs per set as the team posted a 20-10 overall record. She prepped at Garces Memorial High School where she played volleyball and basketball.
Bernardin is the third player to sign with the Crimson Tide for the 2013 season. Alabama went west to land recruits Bria Green, a utility player, from Carson, Calif., and Brittany Thomas, an outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., during the early signing period back in November.
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