USC Salkehatchie volleyball has signed top-tier setter Serah Rego and dynamic libero Leah Tevid to play this fall.
Coach Dani Aquino discovered the Grovetown, GA natives during recruiting trips this spring. “They are crazy good,” Aquino said. "They work so well together. Leah owns the backcourt in defense. Her feet are on fire - never stopping. Serah is a true leader on the court with her dynamic jump setting and her ability to feed out of system sets. Seeing them in real time was just awesome.”
Playing at the college level is an opportunity both players have worked towards.
“I chose Salk because, when I visited, I immediately felt at home. The team and Coach Aquino made me feel welcomed and cared for not only as a player but as a person,” Rego said. “The genuine love that the team has for each other had a huge impact on me. The second I walked into the gym, I instantly felt that Salk was my new home.”
Tevid agrees. “I chose Salk because I didn’t see myself ever attending a Georgia school,” she said. “None of them felt like the right fit for me. I decided to look for schools outside of Georgia, and I found the different branches of USC. From these different branches, I wasn't sure where I was going until I met Coach Aquino. She made such an impression on me. Knowing she will be at my school makes me even more excited and eases my worries about attending a new place.”
Leah and Serah both have lengthy backgrounds in the sport.
“I started playing volleyball when I was 12 at my local recreational center. I was horrified, but immediately fell in love with the floor burns and bruises,” Rego said.
Tevid began her journey in the sport when she was in 6th grade. “One of the aspects that sparked my passion was the training. I love it when my body feels sore from all the games and practices,” she said. “It shows me that I’m working hard at something I love to do. Through volleyball, I have met some of the most amazing players and coaches who are now family.”
Leah’s twin sister Ella will also join the Salkehatchie family this fall to play basketball.
“They are all excited at the prospect of playing at the next level,” Aquino said.