Senior, 5-11, Setter
San Antonio, Texas/Providence
Major: Graphic Design
USA Juniors Club Team: Texas Juniors
Florida’s starting setter...Trained with the U.S. World University Games Team in summer 1999...A team leader and known for her positive attitude.
As a senior (1999): Consistently ranked throughout the season among the nation’s Top 15 in assists per game...Two-time All-SEC player... Three-time Academic Honor Roll student...Named to the NCAA East Regional and SEC all-tournament teams...Voted to the AVCA All-District IV Team...SEC All-Tournament Team...Career record as a two-year starting setter is 65-6...Finished her career third all-time in assists with 3,759...An offense-oriented player as well, had at least four attempts in all but one match this season...Averaged a .368 hitting efficiency through 10 games in the SEC Tournament...Had 15 errorless offensive performances, inlcuding two perfect matches in which she hit 1.000...Had eight double-doubles on the year...SEC Player of the Week Nov. 15 after averaging 14.50 apg and hitting .833 in wins over Florida State and UT-San Antonio...Recorded double-digit digs in seven matches, including a team-high mark of four performances with 20 or more...Hit .625 (5-0-8) and recorded career-high nine block assists in home sweep of Georgia... Recorded 3,000th career assist in sweep at Alabama...Had a perfect offensive effort with six kills against Louisiana State...Named to the InnTowner Invitational All-Tournament team at Wisconsin...Led the team to a school, single-match record 97 assists while dishing out a personal, school single-match best 86 against No. 6 Pacific...Averaged 16.1 apg in the NACWAA Volleyball Classic...Named to the NACWAA All-Tournament Team.
As a Junior (1998): Earned second-team All-America honors in only her first season as a starter...voted to the AVCA All-District IV team...named first-team All-SEC...named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...was a representative for the team to the student-athlete advisory Committee...recorded the most assists of any UF setter in a season (1,745)...also finished fifth in career assists with 2,183...was 16th nationally and second in the conference with a 13.74 assists per game average...racked up her 1,000th career assist at South Carolina Oct. 2...recorded 11 double-doubles on the season...had 11 double-digit dig performances...posted her third double-double of the season with 67 assists and 16 digs, both then second-best career efforts against No. 14 Arkansas...served up three aces in one game against Tennessee...recorded a career-high and then team season-high .833 hitting percentage against Tennessee, the second time this season she hit better than .800 (first was against Alabama, .818)... was named to the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team...her 74 assists against No.14 Hawai’i in the Rainbow Classic, the second time in that weekend she set a career-high (the first was with 58 assists against No. 13 Ohio State in the opening round of that tournament), were the third-best individual match effort in Gator history.
As a Sophomore (1997): Back-up setter behind senior Nikki Shade...also saw action as a defensive specialist... starting setter vs. Loyola-Illinois (30 assists), Kansas (39 assists), Kent (42 assists), LSU (22 assists) and Mississippi State (31 assists)...also saw time vs. No. 3 Long Beach State (36 assists) and No. 17 Pacific (11 assists)...recorded two or more digs in 19 matches...posted a career-high nine digs vs. LSU...averaged 4.11 assists and 1.26 digs per game... named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
As a Freshman (1996): Back-up setter behind junior co-captain Nikki Shade...also saw action as a defensive specialist... played in 25 matches and 41 games, recording 155 assists and 32 digs...posted season-highs of five kills and seven digs vs. Rice and 38 assists and two block solos vs. Alabama...first collegiate start came against Mississippi State, recording 32 assists and a career-high three aces...averaged 3.78 assists and .78 digs per game.
Prior to Florida: Helped Texas Juniors win the club division of the 1996 U.S. Junior Olympic Nationals, earning MVP honors—one of the most prestigious club volleyball awards... helped club team place second at the Junior Olympics in 1995... 1995 and 1996 Mizuno High School first-team All-American... named to Volleyball Monthly’s Fab 50—the top 50 high school players in the nation...member of the 1996 Tour of Texas team... 1995 San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year...member of the 1995 U.S. Youth National Training team...led team to three Texas State High School Championships (1992, 1994, 1995)...missed the 1993 season, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in right knee...three-time all-state and all-district selection....three-time San Antonio Express-News first-team member...1996 Gatorade South-west Region Player of the Year...1996 Providence High School Athlete of the Year...1996 Providence High School Scholar Athlete of the Year...recipient of Catholic Youth Organization Outstanding Achievement Award... also played softball, earning all-state, all-district and all-tournament team honors all four years...high school softball team won the Texas Christian Inter-scholastic League state title in 1995...1996 graduate of Providence High School, graduating fourth in a class of 100...received Outstanding A-chievement Awards in Computer Science, Drafting and Two and Three-Dimensional Design...made High Honor Roll all four years of high school.
Personal: Born Feb. 4, 1978...enjoys drawing, exercising, laughing, eating, good movies and being creative... favorite sports figure is David Robinson...says song that best describes her is the "Hokey Pokey"...wears No. 18 because she was 18 years old when starting at Florida...has a self-proclaimed World-Class sticker collection and has recently mastered several impersonations...has had several pets including cats, butterflies and a bird...loves all food...says the best gift ever received was a special friendship...is majoring in graphic design.
1999 Season Highs
Kills 6 (three times)
Attempts 15 (Nebraska)
Hitting % 1.000 (6-0-6, LSU)
Assists 86 (Pacific)
Digs 23 (twice)
Aces 3 (Georgia)
Solo Blocks 1 (six times)
Block Assists 9 (Georgia)
Kills 9 (Alabama,
Attempts 16 (Arkansas, 1998)
Hitting % 1.000 (LSU, 1999)
Assists 86 (Pacific, 1999)
Digs 23 (twice)
Aces 3 (three times, ‘97-99)
Solo Blocks 3 (twice, ‘97, ‘96)
Block Assists 9 (Georgia, 1999)
Sanchez’s Career at a Glance
1999: Trained with the U.S.
World University Games Team in Lake Placid, N.Y...NACWAA All-Tournament Team...InnTowner
Invitational All-Tournament team...SEC Player of the Week Nov. 15...SEC Academic
Honor Roll...First-team All-SEC...SEC All-Tournament Team...Florida Volleyball
Conference Challenge All-Tournament Team...AVCA All-District IV Team...NCAA East
Regional All-Tournament team.
1998: AVCA Second-team All-America...All-SEC...SEC Academic Honor Roll...Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team...set UF single-season assist record with 1,745...co-captain
1997: SEC Academic Honor Roll