Women's Basketball Announces the Incoming Class of 2015

Women's Basketball Announces the Incoming Class of 2015

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The Slug's are ecstatic to introduce the incoming class for 2015-2016. We partner our strong seven returners with a mature and enthusiastic nine newcomers. We are pleased to bring aboard four conference MVP's, eight first team all-conference players, and our first international student-athlete. The four returning seniors will bring the leadership and experience that we need to continue to build on past successes. The senior class holds the best record in program history and look to use that experience to take us to the next level. Our newcomers will bring a solid foundation of fundamentals and the drive to push the program forward. As our returners set the pace and teach the UC Santa Cruz Slug way, the coaching staff is confident that this could be one of the best year's yet. "We are in a position now of reloading with one of the top recruiting classes in program history. The coaching staff and I are excited to get back on the court in the Fall to see what this group can do."


Name: Madison Van Zandt 

High School: Napa High School, Napa California

Position: Center 

Height: 6-2 

High School Highlights:  Earned MEL League MVP for 2014-15 season, Napa County Co-Player of the Year 2014-15, Napa High Athlete of the Year 2014, MEL League All-Conference 2013-14 and 2012-13, Honor Roll all four years of high school 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz:  "I am so excited that I have the opportunity to play at UC Santa Cruz.  I hope to achieve great things in my next few years here.  Go Slugs!


Name:  Jenna Sparks 

High School:  Castro Valley High School, Castro Valley CA

Position: Power Forward 

Height: 6-1 

High School Highlights: Earned WAAC League MVP for 2014-15 season, Associated Student Body Class President senior year, Offensive player of the year 2014, First team All-Conference 2014-15, 2013-14 and 2012-13, Second team All-Conference freshman year, 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz:  "Playing in college has been a dream of mine since middle school.  I am incredibly honored to have been selected to play at UC Santa Cruz and to get the chance to play along side talented and determined teammates."


Name:  Katie Young

High School: The King's Academy, Sunnyvale Ca 

Position: Point Guard 

Height: 5-6

High School Highlights: WBAL Skyline Division MVP 2014-15, Eta Sigma Alpha Honor Society – Alpha Epsilon Chapter: 2009-present, California Association f Professional Music Teachers Auditions – Top ratings: 2012, 2013, First team All-Conference all four years of high school, Mercury News Peninsula Sports 3rd team 2014-15 and 2013-14 Honorable Mention 2012-13 and 2011-12, Editor of King's Academy PSP monthly newsletter: 2011-2015, Sunday School Teacher 2011-2015 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz: "I am so excited that I will be able to pursue two of my passions at UC Santa Cruz – engineering and basketball. I would really like to thank UCSC for giving me this wonderful opportunity to continue playing the game I love as a banana slug." 


Name:  Sonya Ivanovic 

High School: 

Position: Small Forward 

Height: 5-11

High School Highlights: Chosen for Representative team, Sydney comets at age 13 and played with representative team until 18 years old, Trained with Red Star in Belgrade Serbia in 2012, Played for Newton club team in Sydney Australia from age 12, Distinction Certificate for exceptional performance in Visual Arts and English, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award 2012, Executive and Judiciary, Head of Class (one of three), Team Captain, 2011-2014, Citizenship Award – "Awarded to student who has taken leadership role in making Australia a more cohesive and multi-cultural society" 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz: "Basketball has been a huge part of my life and the fact that I can continue playing at UCSC is an absolute honor. I am so excited to get into the new season and fully become a banana slug! Having experienced playing basketball in New Zealand, Australia and even Serbia, I have been waiting for so long to experience the true American way of the game that I love."


Name:  Morgan Tomberlin 

High School: Half Moon Bay High School, Half Moon Bay CA 

Position: Shooting Guard 

Height: 5-9

High School Highlights:  First Team All-Conference both Junior and Senior year, All-Tournament Team at the Pitnam High School Holiday Classic, Lead the league with most three point shots made during her senior year, Inducted into the Spanish Honors Society during her Sophomore year, Principals Honor Roll sudent all four years of high school, Cabin Leader for Outdoor Ed program that is run through her local middle school, Team-Captain Junior and Senior seasons, 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz: "I am super excited to continue playing and bettering my game at UC Santa Cruz. It has always been my dream to play college basketball and I can't wait to get started." 


Name: Veronica Miller

High School: Yosemite High School, Oakhurst CA 

Position: Power Forward

Height: 5-9 

High School Highlights: Valedictorian class of 2015, All-conference Junior and Senior year, four year scholar athlete, a lifetime California Scholarship Federation member, ASB Junior class Vice-President, Key Club Treasurer, Two time basketball Team-Captain, helped to lead her team to three consecutive conference titles, ranked second all-time in career rebounds with (854) at Yosemite High. 

Why I Chose UC Santa Cruz: "It's a beautiful campus, not too far away and I'm really excited about joining the team. After being a Yosemite High Badger for four years, I just wanted to continue to play and I'm looking forward to the experience at UC Santa Cruz."


Name: Michelle Poole

High School/College: Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro NH, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA 

Position: Power Forward 

Height: 5-11 

High School/College Highlights: MVP Brewster Academy Senior year, NEPSAC All-Star team senior year, Magna Cum Laude – Brewster Academy four years, Class President - Brewster Academy Sophomore and Junior year, Dean's List – Muhlenberg College spring semester Freshman and Sophomore years, Coach – Special Olympics Basketball and Golden State Warriors Basketball Camp.

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz: "Meet anyone playing for Coach Kent and you know two things- that this is a program aiming to win it all, and this is family; not just a team, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this. " 


Name: Katherine Mauldin 

High School: Ramona High School, Ramona CA 

Position: Small Forward 

Height: 5-9

High School Highlights: All-Valley Conference MVP 2015 and 2014, Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for Ramona High School 2015, Ramona High School's Bulldog 1000/1000 Club, Ramona High School Girls' Varsity Basketball MVP 2014-15, 2013-14, All-Valley 1st team 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015 Ramona High School's Student Athlete 4.0+ Wall of Fame, 2015 U-T San Diego's All-Academic Team for basketball, 2013-2015 National Honor Society member 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz: "I am very excited to attend UC Santa Cruz where I have the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing basketball at the collegiate level while earning a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology."


Name: Shoshana Merriman 

High School: Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland CA 

Position: Shooting Guard 

Height: 5-10 

High School Highlights:  Won State Championships in 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2014-15, Awarded the CIF Scholar Athlete Award for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 (awarded to athletes who achieve a GPA above 3.5 while also participating in interscholastic Varsity Athletics), CIF "Distinguished Scholastic Team" 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, Outstanding achievement in photography 2015, played club basketball for the Club Sport Cobras and East Bay Xplosion 

Why I chose UC Santa Cruz: "While look for the right college for me, UC Santa Cruz was the perfect mix for sports and academics. I can go after what I love in both worlds. "