July 20, 2024
Volleyball Adds Former All-Valley Standout Mayda Garcia as Assistant Coach

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros head volleyball coach Todd Lowery introduced on Monday the addition of Mayda Garcia as the new assistant volleyball mentor. 
 
“I’m tremendous fired up to incorporate Mayda to the method. She went out and played four many years at a super large stage, designed an impact on the system at Fairfield and now to be capable to carry her again residence to do what she enjoys to do is exciting,” Lowery stated. 
 
Lowery named Garcia, a 2016 graduate of McAllen Rowe High University, a Valley role design. She was the 2014 and 2016 All-Valley Volleyball Player of the Yr, the 2016 All-Valley 6A Female Athlete of the 12 months and a two-time educational all-point out honoree. She went on to enjoy NCAA Division I volleyball at Fairfield College, where she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Conversation in 2020. 
 
Garcia stuffed a lot of roles in her time with the Fairfield Stags, including middle blocker, defensive specialist and suitable facet along with playing outside hitter, the place she was recruited for. She totaled 801 kills, 623 digs, 106 blocks and 32 support aces in 4 seasons with the Stags and was a two-time range to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Meeting (MAAC) Second Staff (2018 and 2019).

She served Fairfield earn three MAAC Championships and superior to the NCAA Tournament three situations, actively playing at No. 15 Michigan Condition in 2016, at No. 2 Texas in 2017 and at No. 7 Minnesota in 2019. In 9 postseason sets, Garcia tallied 10 kills, 10 digs and two aces, like a solid effectiveness in the ultimate match of her job towards Minnesota in which she led the Stags with seven kills and recorded 7 digs. 
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As a junior in 2018, Garcia stepped up to lead Fairfield by way of an adversity-crammed year with 325 kills, rating 3rd in the MAAC with 3.46 kills per set and fourth in the meeting with 3.79 points per established. She posted 20+ kills in four matches that season, like a occupation-high 29 kills on .349 hitting with 26 digs against Niagara. 
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“She was a great player and she’s good in the gym. Her get the job done ethic is a little something that has driven her through her full vocation and I know that is one thing we are going to reward greatly from,” Lowery said. “She can share her working experience and chat to the girls about anticipations, what it requires to be in the NCAA Match and what the state of mind has to be to win meeting championships. She’s been by way of it and she provides us another individual on our workers the ladies can discuss to and study from.” 
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Garcia was a graduate assistant mentor for McDaniel College volleyball from 2021-2022. She is at present performing on ending her Master’s in Kinesiology from McDaniel. Garcia stated she figured out a ton about recruiting scholar-athletes as persons, not just for their skillset, though at McDaniel, which is anything Lowery values as effectively. 
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Garcia has regarded Lowery and affiliate head coach Vini Baigan considering that her substantial university days when she performed for Lowery with RGV Venom. Though competing in Connecticut, Garcia followed Vaqueros volleyball from afar and frequented with Lowery each time she arrived dwelling for break. The connection they formulated as player and coach will permit for a smooth and effortless changeover as they commence working alongside one another to preserve UTRGV’s volleyball software undertaking at a large stage. 
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“I believe remaining fresh out of college or university, I can relate to the college student-athletes. I have been by means of what they are heading as a result of,” Garcia explained. “I give thanks to McDaniel head coach Jenn Feldmann for almost everything I acquired from her and I hope to utilize it to this new part. 
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“I’m tremendous grateful to Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque and Todd for permitting me to arrive again dwelling and I’m psyched to see how I can lead to additional accomplishment in this plan and for the college,” she additional. “I’m thrilled to function with Todd and Vini to help the system in any way I can with the knowledge I’ve acquired in the 7 a long time I’ve been absent.” 

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