April 22, 2013
University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced that Dalianliz Rosado Otero (Morovis, Puerto Rico) and Brittany Jack (Sydney, Australia) will join the Golden Gopher volleyball program next fall. Rosado signed a National Letter of Intent, while Jack has been accepted into Minnesota. The two April additions join the previous five NLI signee additions in Tyler-Marie "Kalei" Mau (Kahaluu, Hawaii), Katie Schau (Richland, Mich.), Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.), Paige Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.) and Sarah Wilhite (Eden Prairie, Minn.).
"We're very excited to announce the addition of Dalianliz and Brittany to the Golden Gopher program," McCutcheon said. "They are both wonderful volleyball players, great students, and characters hard working people. We're proud to have them join the Gopher volleyball family."
Rosado, a 5-foot, 9-inch libero/outside hitter hails from Carmen Sol High School, the Puerto Rican Youth National Team and Club Morovis. With the Puerto Rico Youth National Team, she played in both the Pan American tournament in August and the Peru International Cup in 2011 with current Gopher Daly Santana. With Club Morovis, Rosado was the captain and MVP of both the Copa Angel Matos and the Local Club Tournament 15 U championships. Rosado also helped Club Morovis to a second-place finish at Power League Tournament in April 2011 and won the Silver Jeep Cup 20-Under Tournament in June of 2012. The Jeep Cup proved to be a major accomplishment playing up from her age level. With Carmen Sol, she was the captain and MVP of six school tournaments in 2011 and 2012.
"I chose Minnesota because when I visited their camp in 2011, I was impressed by the staff and the players who were working there," Rosado said. "I dedicated myself to learn a little more about the institution and I liked to know the social commitment of the University. Minnesota is definitely a great institution with a privileged volleyball program, who has one of the best coaches in the world and a highly experienced staff. I wanted so much to be with Minnesota that I did not apply to other universities. I am very committed to their goals and hope to do my best. I'm ready to be a Gopher!"
Jack, a 5-foot, 5-inch defensive specialist, has been living in Sydney, Australia for the past two years. Set to graduate from Bridgeway Academy this spring, she is originally from Birmingham, Ala. While living in Alabama, Jack lettered in volleyball for three straight years from at Pelham High School. Playing for Pelham, Jack was named the 2009 All-Metro Team Defensive Specialist and had a 1.4 service ace average and a total of 273 digs. She was also an all-state and all-conference honorable mention as a setter in 2007. After the move to Australia, Jack had the opportunity to place in a variety of international volleyball tournaments. She represented New South Wales and played in the national championship where she played all positions with the exception of middle blocker. At age 16, Jack was selected to play for the Under 19’s Australian Junior National Team where she played in the 2010 Asian Championships in Vietnam. During the tournament she had a passing average of 1.8. In January of 2013 she played in the Junior National Beach volleyball tournament in Australia and placed fifth overall. She then went on to compete in the Victorian Open Beach volleyball tournament and won first place.
“From a young age I dreamed of playing volleyball at a top Division I school, but I didn’t know how I compared to other players fighting for the same dream especially since I moved to Australia,” said Jack. “I feel like I have the best of all worlds coming to this school: strong academics, coaches to die for, a great team, strong competition, and close relatives. They will be a great support system as my immediate family is currently living in Australia. I look forward to the 2013 season as an Australian Gopher with an American Accent, Go Gophers!”
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