Stanford adds UCLA, Orange Coast transfers to roster for 2021 season

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Transfers from UCLA and Orange Coast College will travel north to continue their college men’s volleyball careers.

Stanford announced earlier this week that Hunter Dickey and Ethan Hill have both committed to join the Cardinal for the 2021 season.

Dickey, a 6-foot-4 opposite and setter, finished the 2020 season with Orange Coast averaging 1.71 kills per game, including having a season-high 12 kills against Long Beach Community College. As a freshman in 2019 at the junior college, Dickey appeared in 13 matches and had a 1.58 kills per game average on a .351 attack percentage.


Dickey before playing at Orange Coast helped lead his club team to a silver medal at the 2018 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship.

“Hunter is an athletic, multi-positional player that will give us additional great options at the setter and opposite positions,” John Kosty said in a statement. “He has been involved with three programs that have a long and established history of success. One of his great qualities is his ability to lead and build strong relationships. Hunter is a young man with big dreams and is a perfect fit for our team and our university as a whole. We are ecstatic to have him join our Stanford family.”

Hill, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker, did not appear in a match for UCLA during the 2020 season that was shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic. The middle attacker arrived at UCLA after playing for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team at the 2019 FIVB U19 World Championship.

Along with his international experience, Hill was a three-time All-Tournament Team selection at the Boys’ Junior National Championships.

“We first pursued Ethan during his high school years when he was one of the top recruits in his class. I am thrilled that we have a second chance with him as those don’t come around very often,” Kosty said. “An outstanding middle-blocker who has been part of every youth and junior national team in his age group, Ethan has continually demonstrated the elite ability needed to standout. He joins our already outstanding group of young middles ready to battle for the starters spot. With Ethan, we add another wonderful student-athlete that will thrive in both our academic and athletic communities.”

Stanford ended the 2020 season ranked No. 14 in the national coaches poll. Among the team’s top victories of the season was a conference sweep against UCLA.