YUMA, Ariz---Another great Lady Matador Volleyball season concludes with three more sophomores signing to play at four-year schools.
Middle Blocker Lisbeth Rosario Martinez (Santo Domingo, DR) is headed to Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Rosario Martinez switches climates after leading the Lady Matadors with 81 blocks in 2018. "I really like the team," says Lisbeth. "And the coaches and players make me feel like I'm at home even though its cold! I’m used to the heat here (in Yuma) and back home in the Dominican Republic. But I really like the school and excited to be apart of such a great program"
Rosario Martinez says her time in Yuma is special to her because of how much she's grown. "I've learned about relationship with friends," She reflects. "Coach Chandler has helped me with volleyball and school. I don’t think I will ever have a coach who helps me the way she has. I have learned so much, came here and learned the language after knowing very little English prior to AWC. I’m going to miss the people here so much. I’ve made so many good friends who have helped me and shown how much they care."
Setter Teuila Lolotai (Laie, HI) is straying even further from the islands to join the Tigers at Tennessee State University in Nashville. Lolotai's 660 assists set the pace for the Matador attack in 2018 and while she is moving even further east, she credits the Tiger's staff for making Tennesse State her destination. "One of the coaches is Polynesian as well," Lolotai says. "So its nice to have someone who knows where I’m coming from. And she’s the setting coach which is awesome. The head coach is really knowledgeable. I didn't think, especially at a Division I school that I would be a priority, but they made it clear that I would be an asset to them."
Lolotai credits Coach Chandler and the Arizona Western for helping her confidence on the court. "My confidence has improved, being a leader. I used to be really shy and I never spoke my mind because I was afraid of people agreeing with me."
And the ACCAC Libero of the Year Neyshlian Roman Concepcion (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) completes the sophomore class moving on by signing to Goldey-Beacom College in Willmington, Delaware. The Matador's team-leader in digs, Roman Concepcion gets closer to her hometown by heading to the east coast.
"I like the team and coaches alot," she says. "Its a small community that is very cozy. Everyone knows each other and its only a four hour plane ride home."
"Coach expects me to contribute with my experience and to help the freshman catch on quickly."
The trio rounds out a stellar group of sophomores leaving Arizona Western Volleyball to continue their education and volleyball careers at four year schools. Rebekah Eaves is headed to William Penn University, Yeny Montoya Murillo is moving to Phoenix and Grand Canyon University, Haylee Paladini is going to Arkansas Tech, Sydney Hancock continues at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and Kiara Erving is returning to California by becoming a Warrior at Stanislaus State University.