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Gaia Traballi
Gaia  Traballi

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Milan, Italy

High School:
Liceo Stefano Maria Legnani

Height:
6-1

Position:
OH

Birthdate:
02/05/1997

09/24/2016

Butler 3, St. John's 1

St. John's squared off with BIG EAST foe Butler on Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 at Carnesecca Arena.

As A Freshman (2016): Played in all 116 sets and started every match for the Red Storm as a true freshman … led the squad with 377 kills, 3.25 kills per set and 246 digs … led all BIG EAST freshmen in kills and points … produced 70 total blocks and 20 service aces … was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Nov. 14) and earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll (Nov. 7) … chosen to the All-Tournament Team at the Jack Kaiser Classic  … recorded 32 kills and 33.5 points in a 3-2 come-from-behind road victory over Marquette (Nov. 13), which was the most by any BIG EAST player on the season ... registered a team-high eight double-doubles and had three matches with at least 20 kills … logged a season-high .382 hitting percentage on 18 kills in a victory over DePaul (Oct. 8) … recorded 24 kills and 11 digs in the Red Storm’s four set home opener win against Niagara (Sept. 2).

At Liceo Stefano Maria Legnani: Played for the Italian club team Pro Patria Volley … Was the youngest player of the Provincial Championship of Milan in 2007-08 … earned the award for best blocker of the International Tournament of Biella in 2010-11 … named the most valuable player in the Beach Volleyball National Tournament in Alba Adriatica, Italy in 2015 … won the championship with her partner Lombard Eshter Maestroni and was named MVP in the National Championship in Catania in 2015.

Off the Court: Born in Milan, Italy... daughter of Stefano Traballi and Daniela Righi ... has one younger sibling, Giacomo (10) ... expected to major in general studies … nickname is Traba … lists drawing, reading and playing beach volleyball as hobbies ... lists her former coaches Renato Pasetti and Michele Marchiaro as the most influential people in her athletic career ... pregame ritual includes taking a nap and listening to her favorite music … favorite quote is: “That's why I can't say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works.”... came to St. John’s to meet people from different countries and to play with a high-level volleyball team … if she wasn’t playing volleyball she would be drawing and taking photography classes … favorite book is "The Book Thief" ... favorite food is pasta alla carbonara ... favorite movie is "Whatever Works" ... favorite song is “If I Lose Myself” by One Republic ... favorite TV shows are “Dexter” and “Lost” … favorite pro athlete is Ivan Zaytsev.

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