Amber Igiede signed her college letter of intent to play volleyball for the University of Hawaii this morning on St. Michael’s campus.
Amber, who has been a volleyball player since her middle school years, says she chose Hawaii because it has a top ranked program and has a stunning campus. “The coaches have a lot of credibility as former Olympians and All-Americans,” she explains, “and after watching Hawaii’s volleyball team play, I can see myself there. And of course the campus is breathtaking.”
Amber has earned numerous awards in the time she’s played volleyball, and gives credit to St. Michael for preparing her for the next level. “St. Michael’s coaching staff is amazing because they care about you as a person, including your student life. Even the teaches help you learn responsibility and discipline. They are always patient if you need help.” On the volleyball court, Amber has earned a top 10 spot in the nation for hitting percentage. She is the first ever player at St. Michael to score over 1,000 points, and has earned numerous First-Team, All-Metro, and MVP titles since her freshman year. She also holds the school’s kills record.
St. Michael volleyball coach, Rob Smith, mentions that Amber came to high school as a top student athlete, but has learned a lot since her freshmen year. “Over the last four years, her understanding of the game has grown tremendously,” he comments, “she also became a leader on the team this year as the nominated captain. The girls definitely look to her to accomplish a lot on the court, but she honestly attributes the team to our overall success. She’s always happy to see everyone succeed,” he comments.
Amber plans to major in psychology, eventually pursuing a career in psychiatry. She says she is most looking forward to bonding with her new team while she plays her heart out next year as a “rainbow warrior.”