Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SAMARA AT A GLANCE: Physically and mentally ready to be a dominant player in Division II ... Has improved her knowledge and consistency in playing the game ... Coming off a solid spring performance ... Touches over 10 feet in a vertical jump ... Explosive hitter ... Dominating athlete ... Needs to improve blocking technique.
SOPHOMORE (2005): Played in all 28 matches missing only two games last season ... Led the team with a .370 attack percentage, 379 total kills (3.75 per game), and 76 total blocks ... Ranked second in the SSC in hitting percentage and third in kills per game ... Named to the Colorado Premier Classic All-Tournament team ... Earned First-Team All-SSC honors, First-Team AVCA All-South Region and AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors ... Earned the Bucs’ “Best Spiker” award.
COLLEGE (2004): Played at College of Southern Idaho under Ben Stroud ... In limited time, hit a .379 clip averaging 2.34 kills per game and 1.00 block per game ... Helped lead the Golden Eagles to a third-place ranking in the NJCAA national poll ... Transferred to Barry in the spring.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Van Gogh in Brazil ... Two-time runner-up with the Fluminese Football (under Alexandre Dantas) and Botafogo Futebol E Regatas Club (under Marcelo Bercadino) teams ... Helped lead the Flamengo Futebol E Regatas Club team under the direction of Jacques Araújo Neto to a club championship and two second-place finishes ... Helped lead high school team (A.D.N.) to the Brazilian Interhigh championship.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Sebastião Jorge Gomes de Freitas and Adelina Rosas Ayres ... Majoring in exercise science.