Arriola Transitions from Player to Coach
Felicia Arriola, who finished her LMU playing career in 2013, is the newest assistant coach with the Lions.
June 5, 2014
After wrapping-up a five-year career for LMU as a player, Felicia Arriola has wasted no time returning to the Lions as an assistant coach within the LMU volleyball program. Arriola finished up her playing career after the 2013 season and will begin her first year as a coach in 2014.
Immersing herself with some of the top coaches in the game, Arriola is spending her 2014 summer as a volunteer coach with the USA Women's National Team alongside LMU head coach Tom Black (assistant with Team USA). In addition, she is scheduled to serve as an instructor at a pair of Gold Medal Squared volleyball camps during the summer of 2014.
Over five years as a Lion player, including a 2011 season in which she missed the entire year due to offseason surgery but still served as a Lion captain and leader from the sidelines, Arriola amassed 752 kills to rank 22nd in LMU history. The native of Laguna Niguel, Calif. also posted 882 digs at a rate of 2.34 per set.
As a senior in 2013, Arriola, who held captain honors from the end of her freshman year through her senior campaign, appeared in 100 of a possible 104 sets for the Lions, compiling 213 kills to finish third on the squad. A threat from the service area, she served-up 26 aces to accompany 232 digs to finish second on the team in both categories.
Arriola appeared in all 31 of LMU's matches in 2012, starting 29. She managed 271 kills at a rate of 2.38 per set to place third on the team in that category, while also serving-up 18 aces and notching 252 digs to finish second on the team. A Golden Dome Invitational All-Tournament team selection, she collected 38 total blocks, including two solos and 36 assists while managing four double-doubles on the year. Following her junior campaign, Arriola teamed with Litara Keil in LMU's sand volleyball program, earning a spot in the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships pairs bracket - LMU's first trip to the National Championship.
As a sophomore, Arriola appeared in 29 of LMU's 30 matches, including starting 28. She amassed 240 kills at a rate of 2.35 per set and finished third on the team in terms of kills and second in terms of attacks with 709. Named Utah State Invitational Tournament MVP and All-Tournament at Utah State and the Luxe City Center Trojan Invite hosted by USC, Arriola accumulated six double-doubles on the year. Arriola missed nearly a month due to injury as a freshman, but finished the year having played in 61 sets for the Lions and averaging 2.70 digs per set (165 total digs).
A 2009 graduate of Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif., Arriola was a four-year varsity starter for coach Lael Fresenius. Named All-South Coast League at the conclusion of each of her four seasons on the court, she was a three-time Most Valuable Player for her squad, garnered a spot on the 2008 La Jolla All-Tournament team, and was named first team All-America after helping the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club to a 16U Open Junior Olympic Championship.
Arriola, the daughter of Andrea and Frank Arriola, has a brother, Frank, and a sister, Serena. She earned her degree in pre-physical/occupational therapy from LMU in 2014.
LMU's 2014 season will kick-off on August 23 with the annual Alumni Match at 1 pm. The regular season begins on August 29 when the Lions host UCLA, Binghamton and LIU Brooklyn as part of the LMU Invitational that weekend.