Fidero Signs With Pro Team in Puerto Rico
Jan. 6, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn senior outside hitter Kelly Fidero will continue her volleyball career at the next level after signing with a professional team in Puerto Rico.
Fidero, a native of Temecula, Calif., signed with Llaneras de Toa Baja of the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino. She is leaving Auburn Friday to report to training camp.
"I'm really excited," Fidero said. "But I'm starting to get a little nervous! I'm not even completely packed yet; I've got to get my life all together."
Fidero said things happened quickly for her to make her way to Puerto Rico.
"I was already planning on going to Europe for a 10-day tryout trip," she said. "But I got an offer last Tuesday to try out for the team in Puerto Rico, and I was on the plane that night. I tried out for three days, and one of the teams made an offer. So I came back to get my stuff, and I'm leaving for good today."
Originally scheduled to graduate in May, Fidero said she would come back to complete her degree in health promotion in the fall. The Puerto Rican league season begins Jan. 16 and runs through April.
Fidero joins 2011 graduate Jonelle Wallace as the two former Auburn volleyball players currently among the professional ranks. Wallace is playing professionally in Italy.
Fidero finished her Auburn career with 985 kills to rank 13th in school history. She finished the 2011 season with a team-leading 341 kills (3.22/set) and ranked second on the team with 67 blocks. She played in 124 of a possible 126 matches in her four-year Auburn career.
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