NCAA Womens Volleyball

Valeria’s Journey to the 412

Valeria's Journey to the 412

Valeria’s collegiate career didn’t begin the way she anticipated, though, as Coach Fisher and his staff concluded that she would redshirt her freshman season. “Kayla [Lund Thomas] and Stephanie [Williams] were doing very well, so they just wanted to save me for another year,” said Vazquez Gomez. “Coach Fisher told me, and I was fine with it. It let me adjust to the system and figure out school too. In season you’re traveling a lot, and it definitely helped me.”

After getting a few seasons under her belt, Valeria became an All-Conference and All-American performer for her efforts and well-rounded play. “I didn’t even know what an All-American was until later in my career,” she laughs. Five years, three Final Four appearances and three ACC Championships later, Valeria reflects on her career saying, “I didn’t think we would make it to three straight Final Fours. I knew we had a good team, but so did everyone else. Every year gets more and more special.”

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