San Jose, Calif.— Jade Mitchell, a middle blocker North Torrance High School, Luiza Andrade, a libero from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Giulia Gavio, an outside hitter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play volleyball at San José State University beginning with the 2015 season, as announced by head coach Jolene Shepardson.
Mitchell plays this year at North Torrance High School where the team is 26-6 overall. The team ranked fifth in the final CIF Southern Section ranking in Division 2AA. North Torrance defeated Downey Thursday night in the second round of the CIF-SS championships and plays Brea Olinda in the quarterfinals Saturday evening.
Mitchell played her junior year at Junipero Serra High School where she led the team in hitting at over .450 and in blocks with 49. Mitchell was named a second team All-Del Rey League honoree. She plays club for Sunshine Volleyball Club and her 18 South Bay team finished 18th at the 2014 USVA Junior Nationals in the Open Division.
"San Jose State is perfect for me,” said Mitchell. “I really wanted to go to a school in California so my parents are able to watch me play. I love how the campus is being renovated, and everything is new. The coaching staff is amazing, and the team is sweet and welcoming. San Jose itself is just a great city, smaller than Los Angeles, but feels like a college town. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to play here. Spartan Up!”
"Jade will make it harder for anyone to score against us at the net,” stated Shepardson. “She will increase our point scoring in every match because of her physicality and her strong desire to be the best. Playing for Sunshine Volleyball Club and having a good support system at home have created in her a strong vision to be dominant player.”
Andrade and Gavio played for the Brazilian Youth National Team. The 2011 team won the South American Championship. Both also played club volleyball for Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. Their team won the Copa Minas International Volleyball Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
Andrade was named the best libero of the South American Champions tournament. Three times, she was named the best defender in the nation at the Copa Minas International Volleyball Tournament and the best libero in the nation at Taca Parana.
"I committed to be a Spartan because of the great volleyball and academic programs the school will provide me,” said Andrade. “The way Coaches Aaron and Jolene introduced me and my family to the program made us really comfortable with the decision of committing to SJSU. I think that will be an amazing experience for me, and I will always do my best for the team"
"Luiza is a passionate young lady who has been an elite serve receiver on extremely competitive teams,” said Shepardson. “She is a lightning fast defender and will fit perfectly with our vision of putting a feisty defensive team on the floor.
Gavio was named the best hitter at Copa Minas in 2012 and 2013. Her father, Giovane Gavio, is a two-time Olympic champion in men’s volleyball for Brazil (1992, 2004).
"Giulia is an amazingly powerful hitter and has a cannon of an arm. She will certainly be a primary scorer for us. She has grown up in a great volleyball family and bring years of experience of seeing the game at its highest levels"
"Giulia and Luiza bring tremendous experience playing in the Brazilian Youth National Team system. They will increase our team's volleyball IQ by leaps and bounds."
"We are looking forward to the moment Jade, Giulia and Luiza walk into our gym. All three will make an immediate impact both with their mentality and skill.”
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