Texas A&M International University presented its first five players in its athletics program at a press conference Monday at the University's Kinesiology-Convocation Building. All will be part of the Women's Volleyball team.
Athletic Director Steve Garippa called the occasion historic.
'These are the first five players signed by A&M International Volleyball Athletics and will be the first in what we believe will be an exciting sports program addition to our campus. We're delighted that they've chosen A&M International to further their studies and sports interests," Garippa said.
President Ray Keck concurred.
"In the space of a few weeks we've gone from intramural to varsity sports and from no teams to the beginnings of a team. We're looking forward to seeing our teams play and add to the diverse learning experiences possible here at A&M International," Dr. Keck said.
Coach Binny Canales introduced the team members, some joined by their parents for the official signing ceremony.
"They are accomplished athletes that will form a strong base for our first Women's Volleyball Team. We're looking forward to a winning season on the field and in the classroom, " Canales said.
Mayra Ferrara - An LCC transfer who was Honorable Mention for All-Conference 2000 and a member of the first team, All-Conference and All Region-2000 and first team All-Region and All Conference 2001.
Ashley Martinez - A St. Augustine High School graduate where she served on volleyball All District, All City and Hall of Fame teams.
Diana Veronica Lopez - An LCC transfer who was MVP for 2001, on the second NJCAA All-American Team, and first team All-Region and All Conference.
Denise Teniente - An LCC transfer and defense specialist who played on the Alexander High School team.
Lea T. Valdez - An LCC transfer originally from San Antonio's Harlandale High School who earned All-City, All-District and All Tourney East Central Invitational (NJCAA) honors.
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