Auburn Volleyball Signs Three More for the Fall
April 23, 2003
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn volleyball team has added three names to it’s list of players for next season as Elin Pasapera, Kristen Bertucci and Jennifer Amobi have all signed to play for the Tigers next season, AU Coach Laura Farina announced on Wednesday.
Pasapera, who stands 5-9, heads to Auburn from Lima, Peru, where she is a setter and the captain for the Peruvian National Team. No stranger to international competitions, the Marcelino Champagnat High School product has played in the 1999 Pre-World Championships, won a bronze medal in the 2000 Youth South American Championships held in Venezuela and a silver medal in the 2002 Bolivian Clubes tournament where she played for Angloamericano Club.
“I think Elin can be great,” Farina said. “We are fortunate to have a person like her join the program. She brings experience, maturity and desire to the setting position. She fell in love with Auburn on her visit and meshes well with the direction of the volleyball program.”
Bertucci, who will primarily play the libero position for the Tigers, comes to Auburn from Synergy Vball Club in Ardmore, Pa. The 5-4 Gibbsboro, N.J., native was a four-year varsity starter for Eastern Senior High School. This past season she broke the career assist and career dig records on her way to First Team All-Conference, All-South Jersey and All-State honors as well as the All-South Jersey MVP. She also holds the season digs and assists records as she was the first freshman to start varsity in Eastern Senior history. Her father, Robert Bertucci, is the head coach at Temple. She chose the Tigers over Temple, Marshall, George Mason and Albany.
“Kristen is a confident young woman who has embraced Auburn, building a volleyball program and making a difference on and off the court,” Farina said. “I like that she comes from a volleyball family. She has been around the game of volleyball a lot and her unlimited playing experience and love for competition will be a big plus over the next four years.”
A 6-0 outside hitter, Amobi comes to the Tigers after spending a red-shirt year on the Penn State roster. A Silver Spring, Md., product, she was recruited and played for Farina at Marquette during the 2001 season. As a freshman at Marquette, she was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman team while also earning Conference USA Player of the Week honors once. She played in 109 games for the Golden Eagles during her initial collegiate campaign, averaging 3.36 kills per game on a .224 attack percentage. During her high school career, she was the Montgomery Journal and the Gazette News Player of the Year twice. Amobi will have to sit out next year but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“’The third time is the charm’ should be Jennifer’s motto,” Farina said. “I am thrilled to be her coach again. While she was at Marquette she was one of the best up and coming volleyball players in the conference. She has the ability to bring intensity and enjoyment to the practice gym and to competition.”
The signings, coupled with the three from the fall signing period, brings AU’s list of commitments to six.