Blazers, Noles play first sanctioned collegiate sand volleyball match
AS A SENIOR (2011) Saw game action in 22 matches in a total of 50 sets...started four matches...a great spark off the bench for Coach Messersmith...laced 106 kills and averaged 2.12 per set...totaled 103 digs and 2.06 per set...added 16 blocks and eight service aces...five matches of 10+ digs...three contests with double-digit kills...smoked a career-high 13 kills vs. UTEP as part of her first career double-double on Nov. 5 in a three-game sweep...also posted a double-double (11k, 10d) vs. UTEP the next day, Nov. 6...lined 11 kills on Senior Day in a three-set win vs. Tulane.
AS A JUNIOR (2010) Saw action in 13 matches in her first season at UAB ... finished the year with 21 kills ... posted a season-best nine of those kills in the five-set win Sept. 11 against Arkansas ... totaled 44 digs on the year (1.76 per set) ... managed a season-high 11 digs in the five-set win Oct. 15 over Rice ... had three other matches with at least five digs ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE (2007-09 AT JEFFERSON COLLEGE) A first-team all-conference and first-team all-region player in 2009 for Jefferson (Mo.) College ... averaged 3.44 kills per set and 3.59 digs per frame while hitting for a .288 percentage ... bounced back from an injury that forced her to redshirt the 2008 season ... posted 3.60 kills per set and 5.73 digs per frame as a freshman in 2007 on her way to first-team all-region honors for the first time.
HIGH SCHOOL A standout at Rodrigues Alves High School in Sao Paulo, Brazil for coach Anderson Brandao.
PERSONAL Thais Azevedo Soares ... born March 2, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ... daughter of Lidia and the late Luis Soares ... has one brother, Rafael ... majoring in sports management.