June 2, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame head volleyball coach Debbie Brown announced recently that Christina Theofilos has chosen to continue her academic and athletic career with the Irish beginning in the fall of 2009.
“I was captivated by Christina the first time I saw her play and she continues to be one of my favorite players to watch,” Brown said. “She plays with tremendous enthusiasm and fire, and is a fierce competitor. She has excellent libero skills and is a very good setter. I can’t wait to have her in the gym with our program.”
Theofilos, a 5-4 libero from Tampa, Fla., played her high school ball for Berkeley Prep. A four-year starter, she was most recently named a first-team all-state performer while earning honorable mention All-America honors from PrepVolleyball.com.
Theofilos joins middle blocker Hillary Eppink and outside hitter Marie Roof as incoming freshmen on the 2009 Notre Dame roster.
Notre Dame will return 14 players from a 2008 team that finished 17-14 and placed second at the BIG EAST Conference Championship.
The Theofilos File: Four-year starter and two-time team captain at Berkeley Prep (Fla.) … twice earned prep team’s MVP award … as a senior: PrepVolleyball.com Honorable Mention All-American … selected as a PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace … member of Berkeley Premier all-tournament team … played her way to the Gator Town Classic MVP award … Tampa Bay Invitational all-tournament team … selected to play in the Florida All-Star match … first-team all-state … chosen for the Rose Diaz Award, which is given annually by the Hillsborough County Volleyball Officials Association to the senior volleyball player who best exemplifies leadership and sportsmanship … racked first-team all-Hillsborough County honors while claiming a similar award from the Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times … Florida’s 3A Player of the Year runner-up … team finished second in the 3A finals and ranked 25th in ESPN’s Fab 50 … led team in assists (517), digs (379), received serves (464) and aces (47) … as a junior: started libero for Berkeley while leading the team to a 3A runner-up finish … second-team all-state … first-team all-Suncoast … first-team all-Hillsborough County, Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times … led the entire state of Florida in digs (593) … copped PrepVolleyball.com’s “Gym Dandy” honor … as a sophomore: guided Berkeley to a 3A runner-up finish while being named a second-team all-state performer … first-team all-Hillsborough County, Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times … first-team all-Suncoast … PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandy and Soph 79 … member of Gator Town Classic and Tampa Bay Invitational all-tournament teams … second-team all-state … as a freshman: 3A state runner-up … all-state honorable mention … PrepVolleyball.com Frosh 59 and Defensive Dandy … played on the club circuit with Tampa Bay Juniors VBC from 2002-08 … that team placed 5th at the 14-under Junior Olympics in 2005 and 13th in both 2007 and 2008 … her Orlando Volleyball Academy squad qualified for the 18-open national event in 2009.