Ala Kaio-Perez now playing Divison II volleyball at the University of Alaska-Anchorage from Western Nebraska Junior College. What a wonderful success story for TAVA and Kailua High School. She is photographed with our dear friend Ric Lomibao who officiated her match against St. Martinʻs. They won in 3 sets.
"I love Alaska, especially the community because volleyball is everyone's favorite sport up here to play and watch. We have high schoolers who come from different high schools to come and support our volleyball program here at UAA. The coach is amazing, before coming to UAA he has previously coached at western Nebraska where I went for my two years before coming to UAA and he made a tremendous accomplishments from Nebraska and now transferring over to Alaska. This year is his 10th year here at UAA and we hope to make this year another successful season. Alaska isn't home where there's sunshine every day, the weather isn't that perfect but the food is GREAT and my team is my family."
"My first advice (to my young TAVA sisters) would be that playing college volleyball is a commitment. The way I look at it is, if you honestly truly wanna become a better student-athlete, you must do what other athletes don't do. Which is, doing the little things such as study in school, getting better 1% in practice so when tomorrow comes your double the percent "better" than you were yesterday. My second advice would be preparation. In order to commit yourself to be better, to do better you must be prepared to do the actual work that will make you a better athlete and a person. That means, eating right, getting enough sleep, time-managing from school, homework, and practice. Lastly, always finish what you started because home will always be home. Your family will always be there for you through your ups and your downs, and remember that you're doing this for yourself, and for your family."
Congratulations Ala! Your TAVA ohana is cheering you on from home.