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.
A standout at Rodrigues Alves High School in Sao Paulo, Brazil for coach Anderson Brandao.
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.