Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: Miami, Fla./Miami, Fla.
Birth Date: Jan. 25, 1994
Club Team (City)/Coach: Boomers Volleyball Club (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) / Steve Wilcosky
High School/Grad Year: Palmer Trinity High School (Miami, Fla.) / Dec. 2011
College Status: Verbaled to Penn State University
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: None
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Named to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that will compete at the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Selected to the PrepVolleyball.com Top Recruit list. 2010 – Named to all-tournament at USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships and the AAU National Championships…Chosen Dade County Player of the Year by the Miami Herald. 2009 – Awarded Best Attacker while playing for Team Florida in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships Junior Division…Selected Dade County Player of the Year by the Miami Herald. 2008 – Selected All-Florida State by the Florida State Sports Writers Association. 2002 – Started playing club volleyball for Borinquen Coqui.
PERSONAL: Born Paulina Prieto-Cerame on Jan. 25, 1994, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.… Father is Guillermo Prieto and Mother is Maria Cerame…Sisters are Nashali Prieto (1997) and Carola Rodriguez (2005)…Hobbies include going to Puerto Rico, spend time with family, going to the beach, reading and relaxing… Favorite foods are sushi, pasta and Puerto Rican food… Favorite book authors are Paramahansa, Yogananda and Don Miguel Ruiz…Favorite music categories are Rap, Reggaeton and Latin… Favorite musician is Jonathan Rios… Favorite movie is Eat, Pray, Love…Favorite actresses are Jennifer Anniston and Shia Labeouf…Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan… Most admired person is my mom because “she is the strongest and most self-less person I know. The most valuable thing I learned from her is that great achievements are usually born from great sacrifices. I am so grateful for her leadership in my life. Her best advice on the game ‘play well, believe in yourself, every time, all the time’ she has kept me grounded.”…Happiest moment in life was “2010 a great year! One of the happiest moments was having removed from my shoulders the stress that surrounds the athlete during the recruiting process. Emotionally is a decision that involves and takes a lot of your energy, but once you’re ready to point your finger, all that energy comes back to you and you feel a great relief.”
Updated Aug. 8, 2011