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Lopez leaves her mark at Reedley College

Dahlia Lopez, the 6-foot-2 two-sport standout who graduated from Yosemite High School in 2013, will be taking her athletic skills to an out of state college in the fall - she’s just not sure which one.

Lopez, a first team All League selection in the North Sequoia League in volleyball and basketball while at Yosemite, played both sports at Reedley Community College for two years, a grueling feat not many athletes can pull off. She not only played - she excelled - being named First Team All Conference in both sports.

Now she is considering offers from three colleges to play basketball - Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo., Montana Tech in Butte, Mont., or Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.

“These past two years at Reedley have been an amazing time for me,” Lopez said. “The coaches and instructors have helped me grow so much as an athlete and as a person.”

In volleyball, the Lady Tigers placed second in the Central Valley Conference and and had an overall record of 18-9.

Lopez finished the season with 294 kills, 67 blocks, 64 digs, and a 93% serving percentage.

Coach Shannon Jefferies called Lopez “... a smooth and efficient middle blocker, who had a way of always making a positive impact every match.”

Lopez wrapped up her basketball season averaging nine points per game, shooting 53% from the field, and 76% from the free throw line.

Her best game of the season was against West Hills College, recording a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. She was a first team All-CVC selection along with teammates Jackie Robles and Sarina Herevia.

“Dahlia did a great job for us controlling the paint,” said Coach Dan Kilbert. “She used her length in changing opposing player’s shots and blocking them.”

The Lady Tigers (16-13) made the Northern California Regional playoffs as the 14th seed where they were defeated 74-64 on the road to No. 3 seed Diablo Valley College. Lopez ended the game and her Reedley career with nine points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

“My time here at Reedley is coming to an end and I am sad to be leaving but also excited to be moving on to another school to continue to play basketball.,” Lopez said.

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