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Amanda Lago

  • NCAA ID: N/A
  • Status: Uncommitted
  • Class of 2022

Next Level U Statement

I am interested in continuing my volleyball career by attending a four-year university program at a DI or DII institution and am open to schools in Ontario, Eastern or Western Canada, and bordering US states. I am interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with hopes of eventually becoming an Epidemiologist.

As a disciplined, multi-sport athlete, I am an elite, division one player who has contributed to multiple volleyball and basketball associations in Guelph, Kitchener, and Hamilton. With sound fundamental skills in court awareness, athletic aptitude, I am emotionally and physically tough, agile “big” with quick hands and quick lateral mobility. As a top scorer/ performer, I believe in teamwork by sharing team achievements with a “teamwork makes the dream work” mindset. Similar to my athletic performance, I am fiercely competitive academically by consistently performing at an Ontario Scholar level and winning academic awards. While playing two rep sports, working two part-time jobs, and supporting community engagement working as a volleyball coach, I have consistently held a GPA of 4.0 throughout high school.

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Academics

As a committed student-athlete, I understand the importance of time management and how hard work pays off. I approach both school and sports with the input-output theory, trying my hardest to seek new knowledge and feedback to help set me up for the best results. Going into each new school year I set goals for myself on what I hope to achieve as well as what I will improve on from last year. Receiving academic recognition is very inspiring for me to continue striving to better myself as a student and community member.

Academic Highlights: 

● 2020-2021 Honour Roll Student

● 2019-2020 Honour Roll Student

● 2018-2019 Honour Roll Student

● 2018-2019 English Academic Award

● 2017-2018 Honour Roll Student

● 2017-2018 English Academic Award

● 2017-2018 Valedictorian, Primary School Graduation

Country
Canada
School Name
St. James Catholic High School
School City
Guelph
GPA 4
Grad Year
2022

Athletics

As a multi-sport athlete, I pride myself on playing both competitive basketball and volleyball. Playing both of these sports has provided me with the opportunity to cultivate relationships with many different players and coaches. Playing multiple sports on various teams has contributed to my strength, conditioning, foot speed, hand, and eye coordination, and my vertical for jumping and rebounding. I have acquired time management skills through my experience balancing two rep sports, high school sports, and maintaining a strong GPA. This is important to me since I strive to be the best version of myself on the court and in the classroom. Since I have lots of energy, enjoy a challenge, I believe it is important to be exposed to various coaching styles as well as being involved in different extracurricular activities.

Receiving constructive and positive coaching feedback is important as it contributes to my growth not only as an athlete but as a person in general.

Outside of sports, my family plays an important role in my life. I enjoy hanging out with them while traveling around the country, watching movies, and playing games. I am also passionate about contributing to my community by working as a volunteer for different associations. Through my work supporting my volleyball club as an In-Door and Beach Assistant Coach, I have enhanced my communication and leadership skills, developing relationships with players and their families.

Gender:
Female
Citizenship:
Canadian
Date Of Birth:
09/02/2004
Height:
5'11
Weight:
155
References:
  1. Coach Zach Ferguson, Junior Guelph Gryphons Volleyball Athletic Director and Beach Volleyball Coach
  2. Coach Chris D’Angela, OBA Basketball Coach

Team Name:
Guelph Jr. Gryphons Volleyball
Positions:

Setter/ Left Side/ Right Side


Player Style:

High Sports IQ/ Sees the Court/ Consistent/ Agile/ Communicative/Quick Hands/ Fast Feet/ Coachable with Positive Attitude


Player Strengths:

Strong communicator, effective defender/blocker with the ability to react to attackers, strong serve receiver capable of adjusting to serves quickly, a team player.


Leadership:

2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020 Athletic Council Member

2020-2021 Enrolled in Sports Leadership Senior High School Ministry Program (LEAP)

2019-2020 Junior Volleyball Captain, St. James High School

2018-2019 Junior Volleyball Captain, St. James High School

2017-2018 Valedictorian, Primary School Graduation

VOLUNTEERISM

2021-2022, 2020-2021 Administrative Support and Assistant Coach, Junior Guelph Gryphons Volleyball Association

2021-2022 Assistant Coach, St. James High School Senior Boys Volleyball Team

2018-2019 Sales Associate, Food Services, Cambridge RedHawks

Junior Hockey

2017-2020 Refereed and Monitored Sporting Events with Elementary and Secondary Schools

2017 Office Helper, Holy Trinity Catholic School


Team History:

Guelph Junior Gryphons Volleyball Association U18 (2021-2022)

Guelph Beach Volleyball U18

Guelph Junior Gryphons Volleyball Association U18 (Playing Up 2020-2021)

Ancaster Blitz Basketball Association U17

Guelph Beach Volleyball U17 

St. James Catholic High School Junior Girls Basketball 2019, 2018

St. James Catholic High School Junior Girls Volleyball 2019, 2018

Guelph Junior Gryphons Volleyball Association U17 (Played Up)

Ancaster Blitz Basketball Association U16

Guelph Junior Gryphons Beach Volleyball U16

Tri-County JUEL PREP Basketball

Ancaster Blitz Basketball Association U14, U13

Guelph Grizzlies Indoor Volleyball Association U14, U13, U12

Guelph Grizzlies Beach Volleyball U14, U13, U12

Kitchener Vipers Basketball Association U12, U11


Other Info:

As an empathetic leader, I embrace building strong positive and open relationships with teammates and coaching staff on and off the court. Building trust and celebrating the strengths of each player is extremely important, playing a significant role in the development of skill and character. Winning and losing as a team is crucial for creating team unity. I not only love playing volleyball but I particularly enjoy winning and celebrating the contributions from each of my teammates. I embrace the future with hopes and optimism of further developing my personal and post-secondary volleyball skill-sets. I am excited about furthering my athletic and academic journey ~  Do not go where the path may leadgo instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” … Ralph Waldo Emerson


Individual Accomplishments:

2020-2021 Honour Roll Student

2019-2020 Honour Roll Student

Summer 2021 OVA U18 Beach Brampton Tournament –  SILVER

Summer 2021 OBA U19 Summer 3×3 Basketball Orangeville Tournament – BRONZE

U18 OVA Beach Tournament (Playing Up One Year)

2019-2020 OFSAA Senior Player Basketball Placing 8th Overall in Province

2019-2020 CWOSSA Champs, Senior Basketball Achievement Award St. James High School

2019-2020 D10 Champs, Senior Basketball Achievement Award St. James Catholic High School

2019-2020 Selected Representative for She’s Got Game Annual Gala, University of Guelph

2018-2019 D10 Champs, Junior Basketball Achievement Award St. James Catholic High School

2018-2019 D10 Game Most Valuable Player, St. James Catholic High School

2018-2019 CWOSSA Champs, Junior Basketball Achievement Award St. James High School

2018-2019 Top 40 Tri-City Regional Basketball Camp

2018-2019 Honour Roll Student

2018-2019 English Academic Award

2018 Most Valuable Player, U14 Guelph Grizzlies Volleyball Association

2017-2018 Honour Roll Student

2017-2018 English Academic Award

2017-2018 OBA All-Star

2017-2018 Female Athlete of the Year, Holy Trinity Catholic School

2017-2018 U14 Most Valuable Player, Ancaster Blitz Basketball Association

2017 Award of Excellence Player, U14 Guelph Grizzlies Volleyball Association

2017 Blue Star Ontario Basketball Summer Camp

2016-2017 OBA All-Star

2016-2017 Most Valuable Player, Kitchener Vipers Basketball Association

2016 Blue Star Ontario Basketball Summer Camp

2015 TIDP Ontario Basketball Summer Camp

2013-2014 Most Valuable Player, Guelph Phoenix Basketball Association


Team Accomplishments:

Summer 2021 OVA U18 Beach Brampton Tournament – SILVER

Summer 2021 OBA U19 Summer 3×3 Orangeville Basketball Tournament – BRONZE

2019/2020
St. James Catholic High School Senior Girls Basketball Team D10 Champs
St. James Catholic High School Senior Girls Basketball Team CWOSSA Champs
St. James Catholic High School Junior Girls Basketball Team OFSAA Participant
Due to COVID-19 OBA (Incomplete) Division 1, 3rd Overall in Province

2018-2019
St. James Catholic High School Junior Girls Basketball Team D10 Champs
St. James Catholic High School Junior Girls Basketball Team CWOSSA Champs
OVA Beach Volleyball Ashbridge Tournament SILVER

2017/2018
OBA Provincials Division 1, 3rd Overall in Province
Summer 2017 Basketball Rochester Tournament GOLD
Summer 2017 Basketball Pittsburgh Tournament GOLD
OVA Beach Volleyball Grand Bend Tournament SILVER

2015/2016
CYO Knights Basketball Tournament BRONZE
Major Atom Girls OBA Division 1, 4th Overall in Province


Stats:

Vertical Approach Touch: 9.3 Feet

Vertical Block Touch: 9.1 Feet


Video Intro

I envision my college/university experience will be filled with many incredible memories and opportunities to learn academically, personally, and athletically. I plan on using the lessons I have learned from the last 10 years of being a student-athlete to achieve future academic and athletic goals. I am anticipating “many firsts” and meeting lots of wonderful new friends that I hope to have for a lifetime. Community engagement plays an important role in my life and I plan on being an active member of my college/ university.

I am proud to be a strong female athlete and receiving the above athletic highlights are a reflection of my team, coaches, and my hard work which makes me feel proud. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to play sports and meet some amazing people such as my coaches and teammates who have contributed to my skill and character development as a player. Playing sports provides me with a sense of community, allowing me to strive for excellence, and an outlet to fulfill my competitive spirit. Growing up being referred to as a “Tall Girl”, I am grateful for my athleticism and will continue to strive for excellence by applying a strong work ethic and openness to learning with a positive outlook.

Highlight Video

Five words that best describe me on the court.

  1. Agile
  2. Communicative
  3. Collaborative
  4. Consistent
  5. Intelligent 

Five words that best describe me off the court.

  1. Respectful
  2. Leader
  3. Ambitious
  4. Resilient
  5. Engaging

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