Aquinas High has three athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Here are videos of Aquinas High athletes after signing their National Letters of Intent on Friday.

Volleyball player Amanda Kirtley, above talks about signing with Cal.

Softball player Zoe Casas, above, talks about signing with Florida State.

Softball player Allie Hotetz, above, talks about signing with Hampton University.

While Wednesday was the official first day of the early signing period for senior student athletes to sign their National Letters of Intent in several sports, signings have continued in the last few days.
On Friday, it was Aquinas’ turn, as volleyball player Amanda Kirtley signed with Cal, and softball players Zoe Casas (the 2013 Sun player of the year) and Allie Hotetz signed with Florida State and Hampton, respectively.
For Kirtley, it was a whirlwind few hours. Thursday night, the Falcons travelled four hours to Santa Ynez, where they were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
So, was it tough coming back to school Friday and signing your letter?
“Yes and no. It was frustrating last night losing to Santa Ynez and it was hard because it was the last game I was ever going to play of high school volleyball,” she said. “But on the other hand, it was like, ‘that was my last game of high school volleyball and I get to go to college now.”
For Casas, the day meant a lot to her.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids and I want them to know… going to college is possible,” she said. “You can’t give up because it gets too hard.”
All three had family and friends in attendance in the gym for the signing.
“This day means everything to me,” Hotetz said. “I’m so happy my family could be here with me. It’s been a long journey and theyv’e always supported me and helped me get where I am today.”
Both Casas and Hotetz were on the Aquinas team that won a CIF-SS title in 2013.
“This year, I want to show people that I am a college athlete,” Casas said. “Show them why I got Florida State to come look at me. … I want to prove to them that I am a Florida State sotball player.”

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