CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia volleyball head coach Shannon Wells announced the signing of GG Carvacho (Gallatin, Tenn.) today (Jan. 6). Carvacho, a junior outside hitter, will begin training with the Cavaliers immediately after a two-year stint at Ole Miss.
“I’m beyond excited to have GG as a member of our volleyball program and finally get the chance to coach her,” said Wells. “I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate her volleyball skills and leadership since she was 14-years old, and I know she’ll bring great experience to our gym having played for an NCAA tournament qualifying team and represented Chile internationally. Her level of play and leadership will have an immediate impact on our program. Not only are we getting a great volleyball player, but we are getting an even better human.”
Carvacho spent two seasons at Ole Miss, where she appeared in 34 matches and posted 275 kills (2.35/set). In 2020, she appeared in all possible 20 matches, including 15 starts, when she finished second on the team in kills (180) and kills per set (2.43). Carvacho recorded a career-high 20 kills against then-No. 8 Missouri (Nov. 21) to become just the ninth Rebel freshman since 2001 to tally at least 20 kills in a single match. She was tabbed the SEC’s Freshman of the Week for her performance against the Tigers. Carvacho finished her freshman campaign with eight double-digit kill performances. She joins teammate Gabby Easton as the second transfer from Ole Miss on the Cavaliers’ 2022 roster.
In the summer of 2019, Carvacho served on the U20 Chilean National Team. She competed at the Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru against eight other Latin American squads. Carvacho finished the tournament as the third highest overall scorer and the top ranked player on the Chilean roster.
Carvacho played high school volleyball at Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tennessee, where she tallied over 700 kills and nearly 100 blocks and 500 digs in just two seasons. In high school, she was recognized as a PrepVolleyball Top 100 Senior ace and was named to the 2018 JVA Watch List. Carvacho played club for Tennessee Performance Volleyball Club, which is based in Franklin, Tennessee.
Born Gracelyn Gabriela Carvacho, her father, Eddie, was a goalkeeper for South Alabama’s men’s soccer program and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2007. After his professional playing career in the APSL, Eddie Carvacho served as an assistant coach at Clemson (2001-03) and then with the Columbus Crew. Her mother, Nicole, also played at South Alabama on the basketball team. Her brother, Nico, currently plays professional basketball in Europe. He previously played for Colorado State and was also a member of the Chilean National Team.