Reinforcements for the 2017 season already are on the way for the University of Colorado volleyball program.

Transfers Branen Berta (Iowa State) and Emily DeMure (Penn State) are set to join the Buffaloes for the school year's second semester. The duo will practice with coach Jesse Mahoney's squad this spring and will be eligible this fall.

Berta, an Aurora native who played at Cherokee Trail High School, was a regular part of the rotation for three seasons at Iowa State, earning the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week early last season. Berta could slide into the defensive specialist/libero role vacated by Cierra Simpson, the most significant loss among the Buffs' seniors last fall.

DeMure is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Granite Bay, Calif., who played briefly in just one set as a freshman for the Nittany Lions last fall.

Though it was a disappointing 14-16 season in Mahoney's first year at the helm, the Buffs lose little beyond Simpson. The only other seniors were middle blocker Katelyn Cuff, who suffered an injury-plagued season, and Kiara McKibben, the team's No. 2 setter. Marie Zimmerman had one year of eligibility remaining, but given she played sparingly and was graduating she opted to move on from the program.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07



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