Ziyana Samanani

Ziyana  Samanani

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

High School:
Port Moody Secondary School



Soccer Lands Six New Owls

Talented Signing Class To Join Rice In Fall '18

<b>Ziyana Samanani</b><br>2018 Rice Signee
Ziyana Samanani
2018 Rice Signee
Club -- Athletic defender for the Coquitlam Metro Ford Storm, a three-time Provincial Club Champion (2014, 2016, 2017)... Made three appearances at National Club Championships (2014, 2016, 2017) with national silver (2014) and bronze (2016) medals... British Columbia High Performance Team 2016-2018... Alberta South Regional Performance Centre 2015-16.

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."



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