Porterville College point guard Alia Alvarez announced her plans to continue her education and athletic career at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
Alvarez, who was voted First Team All-Central Valley Conference her sophomore season, was offered basketball scholarships from several universities across the country. At the end of the recruiting process, she decided that her dream of attending college in Hawaii was within reach.
"I had other opportunities to play basketball for other programs, but I really had Hawaii at the top of my list," Alvarez said.
"I'm also excited to play in the Pacific West Conference, so I can play against teams from California."
Alvarez led the Pirates in scoring (13.5 ppg), assists, steals, and 3-point shooting. She was a co-captain both years at PC. She will have an opportunity to play either point guard or shooting guard for the Vulcans.
In 2014, she scored 20 or more points in five games – but her 20-point first half against Reedley earned her PC's Performance of the Year Award. She was 4-of-5 from 3-point range in a dominating display to lead the Pirates to an easy 91-59 victory.
Alvarez also excelled academically, earning Academic All-CVC and honor roll status each semester. She earned her A.A. degree in Social Science from PC, and she plans to major in Psychology at Hilo.
Prior to attending PC, she played basketball for coach Brian Hill at Porterville High School – where she also ran track.