A player with experience at the Division I level and the European club circuit is joining the UAA volleyball team, whose schedule for the 2020 season remains in flux because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ceyna Karhraman, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Istanbul, Turkey, is transferring to the school after spending her freshman year at Chicago State, where she saw limited action.
She’ll be part of a UAA team that last season went 23-7 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs, where it lost in four sets to eventual national champion Cal State San Bernardino.
Just when Karhraman and her teammates will start the season is up in the air. UAA has not released a 2020 schedule, although the Seawolves typically play their first regular-season match in early September.
“The COVID situation is delaying the schedule,” UAA spokesman Nate Sagan said Thursday by text. Also uncertain is when athletes will return to campus, he said.
The Great Northwest Athletic Conference composite schedule indicates UAA will host the four-team Seawolf Invitational on Sept. 3-5. “Nothing has been decided either way at this point” regarding the status of that tournament, Sagan said.
Karhraman is one of a handful of players who UAA coach Chris Green hopes can fill the void left by four-year standout Vanessa Hayes, an all-conference pick as a senior outside hitter.
Others who will vie for time at the outside hitter spot include sophomore Hannah Pembroke and two newcomers — Mahala Kaapuni, a 5-9 freshman from Hilo, Hawaii, and Nicole Blue, a 5-9 freshman from Cerritos, California.
Karhraman averaged 1.26 kills per set in 17 matches at Chicago State, with her best efforts coming late in the season, when she twice delivered a career-high 11 kills.
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