JERSEY CITY, NJ – Saint Peter's women's volleyball head coach Amable Martinez has officially added eight student-athletes to the roster for the 2018 season. The class features three local products of Jersey City High School Hudson Catholic, three natives of Puerto Rico, and one each from Delaware and Texas.
"We are extremely excited with how this recruiting class has come together adding eight new student-athletes.," said Martinez. "This class is full of talented student-athletes that I expect to make an immediate impact for our program. We can't wait to see them on the court in Saint Peter's uniforms."
Alanis Alvarado – OH – 5'11 – Jersey City, NJ – Hudson Catholic
Alvarado played two-seasons at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City. At Hudson Catholic she finished her two-year career with almost 600 Kills and over 100 aces. Alvarado led the team to consecutive Hudson County titles, back-to-back State Sectional titles, and two State Final appearances. In her career, she was selected as Hudson County Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-County, First Team All Non-Public, and Second Team All-State. Alvarado was selected in the NJ Star Ledger newspaper Senior Spotlight prior to the 2017 season. She competes for the VB Rags Volleyball Club where last year she helped lead her team to a national bid for 17U and she will be competing there again for 18U. Her parents are Enrique Alvarado and Elda Molina and siblings are Marie Terie and Luis Enrique Alvarado.
Martinez's comments about Alvarado: "Alanis can do it all on the court. She is a talented outside hitter that will help our serve receive as well as our offense with her finishing ability. She is a great athlete with a high volleyball IQ. Having her playing nearby our campus has allowed us to keep a close eye on her progression as a player and we look forward to having her join the program."
Gabriela Castro – DS – 5'7 – Middletown, DE – MOT Charter
Castro attended MOT Charter High School in Middletown, DE. She received the MVP Award as a sophomore and Captain Awards as a junior and senior. Castro received the Honorable Mention award for the DSAC conference in the state of Delaware. On the club level, she played for Delaware United Volleyball Club for four years. During 2016-17 as a member of the 18's navy team, she helped the team win gold at the North East Qualifiers in Hampton Virginia. Castro attended the 2017 Women's Volleyball National Championship in Dallas, Texas. Castro was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico to Victor Castro Rodriguez and Amarilis Burgos Rivera.
Martinez's comments about Castro: "Gabriela played mainly as an outside in high school and club. She brings great ball control, tenacity, and defensive skills to our program. She has a great motor and will push others around her to work harder, which will make her a great addition to our program."
Angeleyshka Curbelo – OH – 6'0 – Carolina, Puerto Rico – Colegio Santa Gema
Curbelo is a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico and attended Colegio Santa Gema, a private catholic school in Carolina. She played on the varsity team since ninth grade, winning team MVP four straight years. Curbelo also claimed two High School Tournament MVP awards. She has been on the Honor Roll all her life and she was accepted to Saint Peter's University with a Dean's Scholarship due to her academic excellence. Curbelo is the first athlete from Colegio Santa Gema to be given the opportunity of playing in NCAA Division I. She is the daughter of Zuleika Davis and Angel Curbelo and her siblings are Greisha Aponte and Luis Curbelo, the latter who is a Major League Baseball player.
Martinez's comments about Curbelo: "Angeleyshka brings great blocking ability on the right side as well as the ability to terminate at a high rate. She brings size and great athleticism with an awesome team attitude to our program. She comes to us from GVA (Guaynabo Volleyball Club), one of the most competitive clubs in Puerto Rico."
Andrea Lombeyda – DS/L – 5'6 – Jersey City, NJ – Hudson Catholic
Lombeyda was a four-year varsity starter as an outside hitter at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City with 500 kills and digs. She helped lead her squad to three consecutive Hudson County Championship titles and two State Sectional titles as well as making it to the State Finals two years in a row. Lombeyda was selected to the Group 2 Non-Public All-State Team as a junior along with First Team All-County honors two consecutive years. She played club for eight years at Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club as a libero and DS. In the classroom, Lombeyda held Academic Honors every marking period for four years and was inducted into the National Honors Society while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Sandra Sanchez and Franklin Lombeyda, and has an older brother, Eric.
Martinez's comments about Lombeyda: "A local product which I have had the pleasure to watcg develop for over four years, Andrea is a great defensive player with ball instincts second to none. She is a hard worker on and off the court."
Angelee Ng – S – 5'8 – The Colony, TX – The Colony
Ng comes to New Jersey from The Colony, TX where she was a four-year varsity starter at The Colony High School. She recorded 2,825 assists, 1,331 digs, 286 kills, and 196 aces during her high school career. Ng's high school accolades included being named First Team 14-5A All District Team in 2016 and 2017, 2016 Duncanville TOC All-Tournament Team honors, 2016 Texas Girls Coaches All Star 5A/6A Red Alternate, and a 2015 First Team 9-5A All District Team selection. In the classroom, she was in the National Honor Society from 2015 to 2017. At the club level, she won championships at the 2016 Northern Lights Qualifier, 2015 Colorado Crossroads, 2014 Galveston Open, 2014 Asics Junior Nationals, 2013 Tour of Texas Championships, 2012 USAV Beach Nationals, and 2012 USAV Nationals. Ng is the daughter of Kent and Vine Ng.
Martinez's comments about Ng: "Angelee comes to us from Madfrog, previously TAV, two of the best clubs in Texas that each year finish in the top 10 nationally. Aside from being talented, she brings great experience at a high club level running a fast tempo offense. She is a highly trained and athletic setter that we believe can become quickly acclimated to what we are trying to run in our program."
Karen Ramiú – OH/RS – 6'0 – Jersey City, NJ – Hudson Catholic
Ramiú played just one season at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City after beginning her career in Puerto Rico. In her lone season at Hudson Catholic she finished fifth in the state in kills with 333, while also tallying 106 digs, 35 blocks, and 34 aces. Ramiú was named Hudson County Player of the Year, was selected First Team All-Hudson County, First Team All Non-Public, and Second Team All-State. Prior to moving to Jersey City, she participated in the national selection team of Puerto Rico at age 15, was named an All-Star of the Jeep Tournament PR in 2014 and 2016, and was selected to the Varsity All-Star (Onda Deportiva) team in Puerto Rico in ninth and tenth grades. Ramiú currently plays for VB Rags Volleyball Club where her team has qualified for nationals in both the 17U and 18U age groups. Her parents are Eligia Quiñones and Luis Ramiú. She has two brothers; Kevin and Kaleb Ramiú.
Martinez's comments about Ramiú: "We have been able to keep close track of Karen's high school and club careers since she is from a local program. She is a force at the net at both outside and right side with her blocking and her ability to finish plays. She brings great experience and a high volleyball IQ. She is a dynamic player who makes things look extremely easy."
Stephanie Rivera – MH – 5'11 – Guayama, Puerto Rico – Saint Patrick Bilingual
Rivera was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, where she played three season at the private school Saint Patrick Bilingual. During her first year at Saint Patrick Bilingual, her team placed second in Colegio Radians and Colegio Cristo Rey Volleyball tournaments. The following season, Rivera's team won La Academia Cristo de Los Milagros and Colegio Guamani Private School championships. In her senior year, they again won two championships, the Escuela de Hostos and the Colegio de Mayaguez. Rivera is a two-time member of the Honor Society, making it as a sophomore and junior. She is the daughter of Lymari Roldan and Elvin Rivera, with an older brother named Elvin Rivera.
Martinez's comments about Rivera: "Stephanie is a raw athlete with great potential, which we look to develop her into a force in the middle. She is a tireless worker and quick learner. I can't wait to be able to coach her along with the others in this upcoming class."
Natalia Velez – MB/OH – 6'0 – Carolina, Puerto Rico – Colegio Espiritu Santo
Velez hails from Carolina, Puerto Rico where she attended and played volleyball at Colegio Espiritu Santo. She was a five time MVP of High School Invitational Tournaments. Velez led her teams to the 2013 and 2014 All Star of Power League East Coast Championship and 2015 All Star of Power League Volleyball Championship. She practiced with the 18U National Volleyball Team of Puerto Rico and was a champion in the AAU National Volleyball Championship in Orlando, FL. Velez was named to the National Honor Society in high school in ninth grade, and has been a member ever since. Her mother is Mary Enid Rosario Sanchez, father is Jose Ruben Velez Marrero, and her siblings are Ruben Antonio Velez Moreno, Adriana Velez Rosario, and Natasha Velez Walker.
Martinez's comments about Velez: "Natalia will bring size and athleticism to the middle position. She is a solid blocker with great finishing potential and she is dynamic with her leaping ability, which can be a difference maker at her position. She also played for GVA (Guaynabo Volleyball Club) one of the better coached clubs in Puerto Rico."