POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:48pm
Two more El Paso area high school athletes signed college scholarships Wednesday. Sarah Villa, an All-District, All-City, All-State libero, will stay home and play for UTEP volleyball and Coach Ken Murphy. Villa chose the Miners over Navy and Adams St.
“We are really excited about Sarah joining our program next fall,” said head coach Ken Murphy. “She is a talented player but just as importantly she is a great competitor. When you watch her play you can tell how much she enjoys playing the game and challenges herself to get better.”
Villa has proven to be a threat in the backcourt registering seven 30 or more dig performances during her 2012 campaign. The libero posted a career-high 57 digs and averaged 11.4 digs per set against Eastwood (8/28). Villa received 2012 Class 4A All-State honors for the second straight season after collecting a total of 881 digs for the Mustangs. Her efforts also earned her the 2012 All-City Defensive Player of the Year and the All-District 1-4A Outstanding Defensive Specialist. Villa helped Burgers reclaim the Bi-District title racking up 43 digs against Canutillo (10/30).
In 2011, The El Paso native had a stellar season recording a city-best 987 digs and averaged 7.3 digs per set. As a junior, Villa contributed 12 contests with 30-plus dig performances, including a season best of 55 against Irving (10/16). The libero was named to the All-State First Team, All-City First Team and All-District Outstanding Libero after anchoring Burges defense to a second-round playoff appearance.
“I think she will add a spark to our team and could contribute soon,” said Murphy.
Villa currently plays for APAC volleyball under former Miner Catherine Chavez.
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