June 19, 2021

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Diaz signals to be dual-activity athlete at Missouri Valley College

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A freshman in college or university is 1 of the preliminary actions of freedom and independence from the household you increase up in. What some would connect with a “fresh” start.

Senior exterior hitter Layla Diaz has a silent demeanor but her sport on the court docket tends to make her straightforward to discover. She’s fiery with springs like go-go gadget legs. Her fierceness and attitude when she plays is displayed when she appears off the other team just after a sport-switching destroy. She’s also very mindful of the issues likely on in the world and she isn’t concerned to converse on gals empowerment possibly. The senior displays symptoms of higher education readiness and she’s prepared to attack it head-on as she celebrated her dedication to Missouri Valley College or university for volleyball and observe upcoming period.

Leaving for a school almost 13 hours away isn’t terrifying plenty of, but Diaz normally takes it as a challenge to improved herself as a particular person. 

“I chose MVC simply because I preferred to check out some thing distinct. It’s far and gives me the prospect to come to be a lot more unbiased and not have to count on just about anything or anybody,” Diaz explained.

Diaz takes pleasure in her independence on and off the court. Even through the recruitment system, she did not inquire a great deal of men and women for assistance and only gained support from a minimal selection of coaches. She described her mom when she spoke about who she reported aided her whilst she waited for her likelihood at the next stage. 7 p.c of athletes go on to play faculty athletics at some amount. Even considerably less than that go on to play two sports activities, and Diaz’s perform has put her in a particular team of athletes. 

Her strengths could modify a minor as the degree of issues improves. Her role was to set holes in the ground with violent kills in volleyball, which she excelled at in significant faculty. She’s previously next her unbiased state of mind whilst she picks the situation ideal fit for her achievements in Missouri. 

Diaz completed her senior season with 142 kills and finished her athletic occupation at San Marcos with a vacation to a 3rd place 4×100 meter relay district end in observe and a journey to Region. She’s established the bar higher for what she wishes to complete in school. 

“I think my passing will be the greatest detail likely into school. I get pleasure from hitting but I really like digging when it is not a shanked pass,” Diaz defined. “Also, I have to look at my height. (San Marcos head coach Jared) Te’o suggests I’m 5-foot-3 but I’m definitely 5-foot-8. With my top, I’d be heading in opposition to ladies with a greater volleyball IQ and ladies who are all six feet at minimal. I would be up for it but I just really don’t know if it’d be the smarter decision.”

“A target I have for volleyball would be to be the major passer. I want to have the most digs by the end of the time and I know that is a substantial purpose with it just getting my freshman period and all but it provides me a thing to chase every day. For track, I feel I want to be prosperous in the 200 meter (sprint) and extended jump. These are the two gatherings I program on focusing on this coming year at Missouri Valley College or university.”

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