Nov. 29, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head coach Adriano de Souza added a pair of Puerto Rican volleyball standouts to his program as the Lady Techsters signed setter Kathia Sánchez and libero Alejandra (Lala) Aviles to national letters of intent.
Sánchez is a 6-foot-1-inch setter from Radians High School in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, while Aviles is a 5-foot-3-inch libero from Colegio Adianez in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"We are very happy to have signed both Sánchez and Aviles, as they bring high quality to the two positions (setter and libero) that touch the ball the most in volleyball," de Souza said. "I am sure they will represent Louisiana Tech University with great determination and honor during their careers."
Sánchez, an outstanding setter from Puerto Rico, joins LA Tech after shining on both the club and high school circuits for several years. Her club team, Vaqueras, placed fifth in open play this past season at the 2012 AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships with Sánchez leading her team to a 10-1 record in the tournament.
"Sánchez brings several years of experience in the setting position and has played at a very high level in club and high school," de Souza said. "Her setting abilities, decision making, height and passion for the game are valuable assets that will make an impact in several areas of our team performance."
With Radians Volleyball Team, in the fall of 2012, Sánchez won one tournament and placed second in the following one. After an impressive high school season, Sánchez was most recently selected to participate in the "Actvao/Malta India Todos Estrellas Del Volei Escolar," the annual all-star game for high school volleyball players in Puerto Rico.
Aviles was a three-sport athlete, who played soccer and softball in addition to being a star on the volleyball court, where she played both high school and club volleyball and received numerous accolades as a prep star.
"Aviles is a very passionate and extremely fast player whose passing and defensive qualities should only elevate the competition level in our gym," de Souza said. "She has also played at a very high level in Puerto Rico, has great court awareness, is a hard worker on the back row and has the ability to make everyone around her play better."
As a libero for the Guaynabo Mets-20 Under team, one of the top volleyball clubs in Puerto Rico, Jiménez and her teammates won the National Volleyball Tournament of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation for the second consecutive year in 2012.
Aviles was named to the Liga Atletica de Colegios Cristiano (LACC) All-Star Game in 2011 and 2012 for her outstanding performances on the court. She was also a member of the National Honor Association and student president of her class at Colegio Adianez.
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Alejandra (Lala) Aviles
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Colegio Adianez)
Club: With her club team, Guaynabo Mets-20U, Aviles and her teammates won the National Volleyball Tournament of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation in 2012 for the second year in a row ... Aviles is the youngest libero that has ever played for the Guaynabo Mets-20U team.
High School: Three-sport athlete who played soccer and softball ... named to the Liga Atletica de Colegios Cristiano (LACC) All-Star Game in 2011 and 2012 ... member of the National Honor Association and president of her 2012 class ... chose Louisiana Tech over UALR, Southern Illinois University, Tennessee State and North Carolina A&T ... coached by Eduardo Rodriguez.
Personal: Full name is Alejandra (Lala) Aviles Jiménez ... Daughter of Yannary Jiménez and Ramón (Tony) Quiles ... Has two brothers, Antonio and Joshua, and two sisters, Andrea and Astrid ... Born Nov. 16, 1995
Kathia Nicole Sánchez
Las Piedras, Puerto Rico (Radians High School)
Club: Played with Club Vaqueras this past year for the 16 years age group; placed fifth in open play in Orlando, Florida at the 2012 AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships while leading her team to a 10-1 record in the tournament ... and Julio Melendez
High School: In 2012, she and her teammates won one championship and placed second in another for Radians ... most recently selected to participate in the "Actvao/Malta India Todos Estrellas Del Volei Escolar," the annual all-star game for high school volleyball players in Puerto Rico ... coached by Papo Garcia
Personal: Full name is Kathia Nicole Sánchez ... Daughter of Madeline and Edwin Sánchez ... Has two sisters, Angèlica and Priscilla ... Born Nov. 29, 1995