2011 - Freshman: Saw time in seven contests during her first season, starting as the designated player during the second game of a doubleheader against Iowa on May 4 and a contest with DePaul on May 5 ... Also drew two walks to earn a .400 on-base percentage ... Was struck by a pitch during her first collegiate plate appearance against San Jose State, earning her first collegiate RBI as the bases were loaded ... Drew both walks against Iowa, scoring one run in the process.
High School: 2010 Doings/Pioneer West Player of the Year ... First-Team All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference honors in 2010 ... Chicago Sun-Times All-Area ... 2010 Trinity High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Pioneer Press 2010 Golden Glove and Slugger of the Year Award recipient ... Led the Trinity Blazers to the 2010 Class AAA Illinois State Championship, finishing runners-up ... Earned a spot in the 2010 Chicago Tribune All-Star Game ... Finished 2010 season with a .545 batting average, 12th-best in state history, totaling 70 hits, 16 home runs and 70 RBIs ... Also contributed 40 runs, 15 doubles and two triples while fielding .991 percent at second base ... Graduated with a 4.3 GPA as a three-sport athlete ... Four-year honor roll student ... Was coached by Bob Osborne, Harry Johnson and Sean Daly.
Personal: Born Jan. 6, 1992 ... Daughter of Cesar and Ruth ... Volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club ... Also a member of Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC) and the Health Club ... Named an Illinois State Scholar and Trinity Dominican Scholar in addition to earning the President's Education Award, the Archdicesan Vicariate IV Award for Prayer and Worship and a place in the Spanish, Art and National Honor Societies ... Is bilingual, citing Spanish as her first language ... Hobbies include exercising, listening to music and dancing.
Getting to Know Vivi: Joined the Illini for the 2011 season as a walk-on ... Favorite athletic moment: "Making it to the State Championship for the first time in school history." ... Dream Job: Orthodontist ... Favorite Meal: Pasta ... Favorite TV Shows: SportsCenter and Pretty Little Liars ... Favorite Quote: "If winning isn't everything, then why do we keep score?" ... Favorite Illini/Pro Athlete: Deron Williams ... Who most influenced your athletic career? "My grandfather and parents. They supported me throughout my whole life and made sure I was always involved in sports. I specifically remember my grandfather telling me when I was going into high school that I had the talent and ability to play at the collegiate level and I have kept that in mind ever since."
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