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Thomas Pereira
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Thomas Pereira

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brasilia, Brazil

High School:
François Mitterrand

Height:
6-4

Position:
OH


Lion Career
2009 (Sophomore): Saw action in three matches, including against Juniata (1/28), Harvard (2/13) and Mount Olive (3/28) ... had two kills and one block assist against Harvard (2/13) ... posted three kills and two digs versus Mount Olive (3/28).

2008 (Freshman): Played in 18 games and 13 matches ... recorded 19 kills, four aces, 11 digs and seven blocks for the year ... posted first career kill versus Ball State (1/5) ... notched a career-high six kills against Princeton (2/16), also recording a career-high two blocks in the match ... posted three kills versus Lewis (1/11), producing his first career ace and a career-high five digs in the contest ... recorded three kills on an errorless five swings to hit .600 with two digs against Juniata (2/5) ... provided three kills, an ace, a dig and a block versus East Stroudsburg (2/29).

High School
Played club volleyball for the Maryland Volleyball Program from 2002-2004 and for Apcef Brasilia from 2004-2006 ... helped his Apcef Brasilia team capture the 2004 and 2005 state championships, with the same squad finishing fourth at nationals ... with his Maryland Volleyball Program team, finished second in the state in 2002 and earned the state championship in 2003, finishing 10th at Nationals in 2004 ... received his French Baccalaureate in 2005 with honors.

Personal
Born Thomas Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva on Sept. 24, 1986 in Paris, France ... parents are Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva and Patrícia Estelle Amsellem ... has one sister, Sacha Elise Pereira da Silva ... mother, uncle and cousin all played volleyball during their childhood in France while father was a French soccer player in college ... names math and economics as favorite school subjects, FC Barcelona and Tours Volleyball as favorite professional sports teams, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Giba and Max Holt as favorite athletes, "Little Britian USA" as favorite television show, Denzel Washington as favorite actor, Megan Fox as favorite actress and Brasil as favorite place to visit ... majoring in Economics ... nickname is No-Mas.

Quoting Coach Pavlik
"Thomas has definitely improved. He has a live arm and brings a lot of energy when he's on the court. He can get streaky with his serve and put some tough jump serves on people. Before it's all said and done, we are going to need his skill set and energy several times this year."

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