Nov. 16, 2011
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech volleyball head coach Matt Sonnichsen announced Wednesday that he has signed prep star Tiffany Thomas (Friendswood, Texas/Santa Fe HS) to a national letter of intent.
Thomas (pictured right) played outside hitter for two seasons at Santa Fe High School leading the Lady Indians to 59 wins. She registered 694 kills as a Lady Indian with 132 blocks and 76 service aces.
"We are very excited to have Tiffany joining the Louisiana Tech volleyball program," said Sonnichsen. "With her height, athleticism and experience, she will be able to help us immediately as a left-side hitter. Tiffany is one of the top high school players in Texas, and we can't wait for her to join us in the fall."
Thomas wanted to go to a school that had strong volleyball and engineering programs.
"I chose LA Tech because I love the atmosphere, coaches and my future teammates," said Thomas. "While on my first campus visit, I toured the engineering building and automatically became interested in the program. It's not too far away from home and the size of the campus is a perfect fit for me."
Her mother Suzie Thomas echoed her statements.
"The strength of the engineering program and the friendly environment at LA Tech was a major attraction for all of us," Suzie Thomas said. "We are very impressed with how helpful everyone has been and realize that she made immediate connections with the Lady Techsters."
Thomas was named first team all-District 24-4A in 2010 and 2011 and second team all-district in 2009. She was named to the 2011 Under Armour Girls High School All-America Watch List. PrepVolleyball.com and LoneStarVolleyball.com named her to the Senior Ace 2011 honorable mention team and all-Texas honorable mention team, respectively.
Thomas had connections with LA Tech before signing the national letter of intent.
"One of the main reasons that drew our attention to LA Tech is the family legacy," said her father Mike Thomas. "Tiffany's grandfather and great uncle both graduated from the engineering school. Her great aunt graduated with an education degree and another aunt graduated with a business degree. "Tiffany has family from both sides who graduated from Tech. We are looking forward to the educational and athletic opportunities that await our daughter."
6-2, Outside Hitter
Friendswood, Texas (Santa Fe High School)
High School: Led the Lady Indians to 59 wins in her two seasons at Santa Fe High School in Friendswood, Texas... Recorded 694 kills, 132 blocks and 76 service aces in her two seasons at Santa Fe... Registered 120 digs and 14 assists for the 2011 season... Named first team all-District 24-4A in 2010 and 2011 and second team all-district in 2009... The Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association & Vype Magazine named her one of the top 32 pre-season players in 2011... Named to the Under Armour Girls' High School All-America Watch List in 2011... Named PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces honorable mention in 2011... Named LoneStarVolleyball.com all-Texas team honorable mention in 2011... Named to the Galveston County Daily News first team all-county in 2010... Named to the Santa Fe HS Varsity all-tournament team in 2010... Also played for the Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas... Personal: Daughter of Suzie and Mike Thomas... Has one sister, Sarah Thomas ... Born March 16, 1994.