IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team has added two transfers to the roster it was announced by head coach Jim Barnes on Monday.
Joining the Hawkeyes in January are junior setter Claire Ammeraal from Central Michigan University and senior libero Joy Galles from the University of Arizona.
Ammeraal (6-foot-1) appeared in 235 sets for the Chippewas over two seasons. In 2023, she tallied 168 kills, 1,080 assists, 323 digs, 55 blocks and 25 services aces.
“Claire is an exceptional student, athlete and high character talent,” said UI head coach Jim Barnes. “She fills up the stat sheet with the rare ability to get assist and also attack as a setter. She is also a great defender and she competes with a fierce determination. Claire is one of the most talented setters in the country. We look forward to having her help lead our team this 2024 season.”
The Madison, Wisconsin, native has notched five career triple-doubles. As a freshman, she registered 131 kills, 932 assists and 69 blocks.
A Lafollette High School prep, she was named Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in 2021 and was a three-time Big Eight Conference first-team all-conference selection and team captain.
Galles (5-foot-5) spent four years in Tucson before transferring to Iowa. As a senior, she started 19 matches and amassed 180 digs and nine aces.
“Joy is an experienced Libero that brings a great inspirational attitude to the court, Barnes said. “Her ability to serve receive at a very high level in the Pac-12, will make an immediate impact on our team. She is a strong leader and plays disciplined defense which will be a big factor going into 2024.”
The native of Truckee, California, was a three-year letterwinner at Truckee High School, earning all-state accolades and was a Distinguished Scholar. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.