Senior Christian Oviedo has committed to play volleyball at Concordia University Irvine. The Friars' setter shared, "I chose Concordia because of the at-home lifestyle I felt when I walked around campus. Seeing the students interact with each other or the professors teaching their classes, it felt like somewhere I could be myself." He continued, "I was specifically attracted to the volleyball team because in many ways it reminded me of Servite. The coaches found time to have fun and make jokes with the team but when it came down to it, there was a business mindset. The players themselves acted like brothers to one another. The culture surrounding the team was one of tough love and over my time with the Servite Volleyball team, I've realized tough love can mean the difference between good teams and great teams."
Oviedo is a three-year varsity letterman for the Friars having started since his sophomore year. Through two seasons he has tallied 894 assists and 278 digs with his senior campaign still to be played.
Coach Matt Marrujo shared, "I am extremely excited for Christian to have earned this opportunity to continue his volleyball career at Concordia. It is even more special as an alum of the school to send such a great young man to Coach Patch and the rest of the staff. Christian has really worked hard to improve himself as a volleyball player and has established himself as one of the best setters in the Orange County. He has made a huge impact on our team the last couple years as a player on the court and a leader in the locker room. I am excited to see what God has planned for Christian the next four years."
Oviedo, who plans to study Business Management at Concordia, also played football for the Friars and is involved in a variety of clubs on campus including the Student Admissions Ambassador Team, the With Hope Club, the S.I.G.N. Club, the Ping Pong Club, Campus Ministry, and the Spike Ball Club.
Oviedo expressed his gratitude for his coaches and family sharing, "To my coaches, I want to thank you for everything you've taught me over the years. Not just the volleyball portion but the life portion as well. You've taught me to always keep pushing myself to the limit and then just a little further. It has truly helped me become the person and player I am today." He continued, "To my family, I can't really put in to words how grateful I am. My whole life you've been there supporting me, training me, loving me, and I could not do what I do without you guys. The countless long nights after practices helping me put together highlights, early morning practices, and the early morning tournaments, you have been through it all and always had smiles on your faces. I love you and I'm beyond happy that we are on this journey together."
Servite would like to congratulate Christian on this great accomplishment and wish him luck during his senior season and at Concordia.