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Craig's Sanchez picks Whitewater

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Gazette Staff
November 23, 2007
— Janesville Craig senior Sofia Sanchez, the Big Eight Conference’s Player of the Year, has committed to UW-Whitewater’s women’s volleyball program for next school year.

“We’re excited for this commitment,’’ Whitewater coach Stacy Boudreau said in making the announcement. “She’s one of the most dominating hitters in the state and will be a great asset to our program.


“It’s also great that she’s an area athlete and will help tie Whitewater volleyball to the Janesville community.’’


Sanchez, who received second-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association, was Craig High’s most valuable player this season. She had 88 aces, 508 kills and 80 blocks, all school records for a season.


Overall, Sanchez was named to the All-Big Eight first team three times. She had 250 career aces, 1,308 kills and 152 blocks.


Boudreau expects Sanchez to be an immediate contributor at Whitewater.


“Definitely,’’ the coach said. “She’s athletic, she plays at a high level, and she’s played for a high-caliber club the last couple years.’’


Along with her high school competition, Sanchez played with Wisconsin Power Volleyball Club as a sophomore and junior.


Sanchez will join a Whitewater program that is coming off a second-place finish in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Warhawks have earned 16 straight NCAA tournament berths and were national champions in 2002 and 2005. They were 36-5 this season and won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles.



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