Alex Balletto — Copy Editor
(Top) Kiana Perez (second from right) celebrating mid set. (Bottom) Perez serves the ball to the opposing team. Photos by Katie Schneider
Freshman volleyball player Kiana Perez is taking charge on the court. She is a statistical leader for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in number of kills and numbers of kills per set (172 recorded kills, 21 service aces and 136 digs). Perez was named GNAC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 17.
“I am so happy that Kiana decided to come to Massachusetts for her college experience and to play on the Volleyball team this year,” said senior captain Olivia Addington.
“She has brought so much power and skill to our team and has quickly become a force to be reckoned with on the court,” Addington said.
Perez is a marketing major from Juncos, Puerto Rico. She started playing volleyball when she was 4 years old and attributes her success on the team to her years of experience. Perez also believes she has had tough coaches who taught her well.
“I really enjoy the relationship that in such short time my teammates and I have been able to establish,” Perez said. She said teamwork has led to volleyball success. “I feel very comfortable at Lasell and being part of the team,” she said.
Kiana said a reason behind her strong performance is preparation. “I try to prepare myself mentally before each game for what I am going to do,” she said. Perez concentrates on her responsibilities as a player.
“During the game, I also try my best to look for the opportunity that I may have to help my team score points,” Perez said. She often analyzes the other team’s strengths and weaknesses.
“It’s been incredible watching her play so far and I can’t wait to see what she will do – not only for the rest of this year, but for the rest of her time here at Lasell,” Addington said.
“It all comes down to team work,” Perez said. “But my principal is that there is always room for improvement, so just keep working at it.”