High School -- Attends Port Moody Secondary School in Calgary, Canada, where she has been recognized for Academic Excellence... Four-time member of the Academic Honour Roll... Selected to the Western Canada Honour Society... Versatile student-athlete who participated in the Alberta Provincial Volleyball Program 2015-16 was her school's volleyball MVP.
Personal -- Full name: Ziyana Samanani. Parents: Salim and Sikin Samanani of Calgary (one sister, one brother). Chose to attend Rice over the University of British Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth.
Rice head coach Nicky Adams said -- “Z is a very mature, determined young lady. She has a competitive drive that makes her extremely coachable. As a center back, Z is tall and athletic and has a solid set of defensive skills that will help strengthen our back line.
CMFS Club Coach Jeremy Low said -- "Ziyana brings a drive and determination to improve to everything she does. She is a leader whose intensity, grit and competitiveness pushes her forward and inspires those around her. She is a great player and an even better teammate."
Ziyana Samanani said -- "I chose Rice because it offered me the best combination of academics and soccer- I knew that I would be challenged on both fronts. When I met the coaches, their passion for the game was inspiring, and this same passion was evident in the players as well. I loved the ferocity and grit of the team. Watching them play made me excited to be an Owl."