AT GEORGE WASHINGTON:
Named the 2008 A-10 Rookie of the Year after leading the team, and ranking fifth in the A-10, in assists with 1,080 ... played in all 115 sets as a freshman and was fourth on the squad in digs with 215 ... also named the team's Rookie of the Year by a vote of her teammates ... was a six-time A-10 Rookie of the Week selection and was named to the 2008 A-10 All-Rookie Team ... named MVP of the GW Invitational and to the DC Challenge All-Tournament Team.
Named first team All-Sunset League and first team All-Sea View League as a senior under coach Brian Boone. Valentine Along with with Colonials teammate, MacKenzie Knox, led the Edison High School Chargers into the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Championships ... Valentine and Knox helped lead their club team, TCA-18 Third Degree Black, to the National Championship for the 18 Open division in the USA Volleyball 2008 Girls Junior Olympics Volleyball Championships on June 29, 2008 in Dallas, TX. and the Total Complete Athlete club team to a fifth-place finish in the 2007 Junior Olympic 17 Open ChampionshipsA 5-foot-10 setter from Tustin, CA, Valentine also was selected to play on the Southern California Volleyball Association High Performance youth team in the summer of 2007, and directed them to a third-place finish in the HP Youth Championship division.
"Alyssa began her volleyball career as a hitter but has been setting for about four years with some of the best setter coaches in the country," said Coronel. "Not only can she dish the ball with accuracy, but she is an exceptional blocker, defender and competitor. I feel she can make a quick transition into our system, and be a solid quarterback for our team. Recruiting for a 2008 setter position was our first priority and we were lucky enough to get our first choice."
Born June 11, 1990, in Tustin, California ... full name is Alyssa Christine Valentine ... daughter of Michael and Kathryn Valentine ... has one older brother, Mitchell (26) and one older sister, Carly (23) ... aspires to work with athletes in either training or physical therapy ... plans to major in exercise science.