Friday, January 28, 2011

Players turn into pioneers by becoming first girls in their families to go to college

Long Beach Poly's Sa Iosia and Litara Keil will be playing Division I volleyball in the fall

Long Beach Poly
Sa Iosia, 19, and Litara Keil, 5, celebrate after Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)won the CIF Southern Region with a win over Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.).Photo By: ESPN RISE
After moving to California from American Samoa when she was 8 years old, Litara Keil could tell there wasn’t going to be enough to go around.

As one of six children, she knew she’d have to fend for herself if she wanted to be the first member of her family to attend college.

So the Long Beach Poly middle blocker decided to get serious about volleyball. Thanks to a lot of work and a lot of help from coach Leland McGrath, “Tara” will be studying kinesiology and playing for Loyola Marymount in the fall.

Sa Iosia grew up in Long Beach after her dad moved from Western Samoa in 1975 and her mother arrived from American Samoa in 1980.

The third of five children, Sa saw that her mom was holding down two jobs and that her dad worked six days a week. By her freshman year, the Long Beach Poly outside hitter decided it was time to take volleyball seriously so she could help her parents out.

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