OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Association of Division III Independents named The College of New Rochelle women's volleyball outside hitter Fabiola Padilla Rios, its Female Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of September.
Padilla Rios is a freshman from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Padilla Rios made an immediate impact for the Blue Angels in her rookie season, helping lead The College of New Rochelle to a 15-4 record, closing out the month by winning 15 of their last 16, with 13 coming in straight sets. On the month, the outside hitter led the team in kills (167), kills per set (2.78), digs (233), and digs per set (3.88). The outside hitter was also second on the team in aces (48) and aces per set (0.80) while adding 17 assists and four total blocks during the month. The one-time AD3I Player of the Week and two-time ECAC Division III Metro/Upstate Rookie of the Week posted a season-high 19 kills in a 3-0 win over Manhattanville College, a three-set match program record. Padilla Rios registered a season-high 24 digs against Alvernia University, and served up a season-high nine aces in a triumph over the College at Old Westbury. The freshman tallied six double-doubles, slamming home ten or more kills seven times and digging up ten or more balls in 11 matches. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native hit .252 for the month and is currently ranked in the top 10 among all Division III schools in aces per set and total aces, and ranks among the conference leaders in kills, digs and aces.