April 24, 2013
University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced that middle blocker Clelia De Felice (Milan, Italy) will join the Golden Gopher program in the fall of 2013. De Felice was a freshman on the 2012 Oregon team prior to her transfer to Minnesota.
"Having played internationally and with a year of collegiate volleyball experience, Clelia brings a wealth of knowledge to our team," McCutcheon said. "She will add depth to our middle blocker position and will be a great addition to our team. We welcome her into the Golden Gopher family and look forward to working with her."
De Felice, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle blocker played one season with Ducks and was a member of the National Champion runner-up team. She finished the season having played in 46 sets and 26 matches when she contributed two blocks and 17 block assists for a .41 blocks per set average.
Prior to her collegiate career, De Felice trained with the Italian Junior National team and played two seasons for the Yamamay Busto Arizio club team. In her tenure, she helped her club team win an Under-18 provincial championship and took second and sixth-place finishes in the regional and national tournament. After the 2009-10 season, De Felice played in the A series junior league championship, and helped her squad place second overall in Italy. Afterwards, she was rewarded with the event’s best blocker award. De Felice had previously played for the Pro Patria Volley Milano club since the age of 10, and was part of teams that staked 16-U and 18-U provincial championships. She was also tabbed the MVP in the event final in the 16-U tournament.
"I'm looking forward to coming to Minnesota," De Felice said. "The environment was exciting, everyone on the team is working to make a dream come true and the coaching staff gave me a huge impression. Academically, the school has a great business department. I'm excited to join this Golden Gopher group."