AUSTIN, Texas — Former Penn State University outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame (San Juan, Puerto Rico) will transfer to The University of Texas, the school announced Friday. Cerame has signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) and is scheduled to report with the rest of the Longhorns for preseason workouts on Friday, August 8.
Cerame will have three seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining. The addition of Cerame gives the Longhorns a four-woman recruiting class that includes incoming freshmen Mirta Baselovic, Cat McCoy and Kate Palladino.
"We are excited to add a quality player and person in Paulina to our program," Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott said. "We are looking forward to adding her to our program and getting her acclimated with our philosophies, both on and off the court. Everyone in this program is excited to start the 2014 season and begin competing with this talented group of players."
During her redshirt freshman season in 2013 at Penn State, Cerame played in 29 matches (started seven) and helped the Nittany Lions post a 34-2 overall mark (19-1, Big Ten Champions) and win the NCAA Championship. She recorded 89 kills on the year with a .252 hitting percentage and added 16 blocks.
A three-year team captain and letterwinner at Palmer Trinity School (Miami, Fla.), Cerame was a three-time All-Miami Dade County First-Team selection and a two-time Miami Herald Player of the Year choice. She was ranked No. 7 nationally on PrepVolleyball.com's 2011 Senior Aces list and earned Florida Coaches 2A First-Team All-State honors as a senior. Cerame was selected to the Junior Olympics 16 Open All-Tournament Team and was a member of the USA Youth National Team which placed ninth in the World Championships in Ankara, Turkey. She played for Team VB Rags from Puerto Rico at both the 2010 AAU Girls National Championships in Orlando, Fla., and the 2010 USA Junior Olympics National Championship in Reno, Nev