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Castilleja's von Kaeppler headed to Yale to join her sister

 

Castilleja senior Natasha von Kaeppler will be among the Yale women's basketball team Class of 2015, as announced Thursday by Yale head coach Chris Gobrecht.

The 6-foot von Kaeppler is a two-time captain for the Gators. Academically, von Kaeppler is a National Merit Semifinalist. On the court, she is a four-year starter.

Through 17 games this season, von Kaeppler was averaging 20.3 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals, and 3.65 blocks per game. She is currently third on the Gators' all-time scoring list (1,508 points). She is the school's all-time leader in rebounds (1,176), double-doubles (57), field-goal percentage (.454), and steals (304), and she is second in blocks (254), trailing only her sister Ericka (271).

"Natasha gives us another forward that gives us some size, but she could play the 4 or the 3 and she is a young player who just gets better and better every time I watch her play," Gobrecht said. "She is a strong rebounder and a very aggressive player."

She joins her siste, Ericka, currently a sophomore forward for the Bulldogs, as the first pair of sisters coached by Gobrecht during her tenure at Yale and the third set of sisters in her coaching career.

"It will be really fun to have Natasha and Ericka on the same team. That will give us a fun dynamic here," Gobrecht said. "I have coached two sets of sisters, one at Washington and one at USC. The ones at USC were identical twins, so that was a challenge, but I had the same situation at Washington that I have here with the von Kaepplers. They were two years apart. It is fun because it is a special experience for them to have."

The addition of von Kaeppler and three other top recruits is expected to inject another dose of young energy and excitement to a group of players that has the Bulldogs on the cusp of contending for its first Ivy League championship since the 1978-79 season.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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