By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
LIBERAL — When opponents lined up against the Seward County Community College Saints volleyball team the last two seasons, they were watching out for one person — Sheina Fernandes.
“Every team that plays us, it’s always, ‘Where’s number 10? You’ve got to watch for number 10,’” Seward head volleyball coach Bert Luallen said. “We’re going to miss her in that respect, but we’re excited to see the kids move on to bigger and better things.
“She’s been, in my mind, probably the best player in the conference the last two years.”
Fernandes signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to continue her collegiate volleyball career at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. ORU was one of several schools in Oklahoma — and one in Florida — that Fernandes visited. But Oral Roberts seemed the perfect fit.
“I picked Oral Roberts (because of) the way they treated me,” said Fernandes, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter from Porto Alegre, Brazil. “I just like everything.”
Fernandes also visited Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., and Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla.
She led the Lady Saints in kills per game (3.16), hitting percentage (.354) and blocks per game (.95) for a Lady Saints team that went 23-18 and advanced to the Region VI championship. She finishes her SCCC career in sixth place in blocks (287), seventh in hitting percentage (.344) and 11th on the all-time kills list (767).
The ORU Golden Eagles of head coach Sheera Sirola went 12-14 overall last season.
Fernandes said she will most miss the people in Liberal.
“The people here, they are just amazing,” Fernandes said. “The people that work at the college, every single person that helped me through the two years, my American family and all the people that I got to meet here.”
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