With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, recent Stonehill College graduate and women's basketball All-American Tori Faieta '11 wrapped up training camp in Fremont, California, and prepared to board a plane to represent the United States of America at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taiwan starting at the end of the week.
Tori, a three-time All-Northeast-10 Conference selection and the Stonehill women's basketball program's first All-American in 15 years, has been selected to be a part of the USA Women's Deaf Basketball team which is competing at the World Deaf Basketball Championships July 4-12. Team USA opened the 11-nation tournament on Saturday, July 4, when it faced Ukraine at 10 a.m. USA is in the five nation Group B at the tournament and played each of the four other teams in its groups over the first four days of the event. Joining USA and Ukraine in Group B are Italy, Russia and Japan. The top four teams from each group advanced to the medal round which will begin with quarterfinal round action on Friday, July 10. The USA has already advanced to the semifinal round on Saturday, July 11, to play Great Britain. The women's final is scheduled for Sunday, July 12, at 3 p.m. (3 AM EDT). Video will be posted here on Sunday if you don't want to watch in the middle of the night!
"Having the opportunity to play on this team, to represent my country and have this experience has been a blessing," said Tori of her selection to the team. "Up until now I really didn't know anyone who had a hearing loss and played basketball and now I am surrounded by people similar to me."
Tori is joined on the USA Deaf Women's Basketball team by 15 other hearing impaired athletes, many who attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The team is coached by Laura Edwards, who is also a physical education teacher at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.
"Each one of my teammates are inspirations," said Tori. "They don't let any obstacles stand in their way and they go for what they want. So far it has been such an enjoyable experience and I can't wait for us to get to Taiwan and bring back that gold medal."
Tori recently completed a standout career at Stonehill which saw her named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Coaches' All-America Team as well as a Division II Bulletin All-American following her senior season. The Daktronics All-East Region pick and unanimous All-NE-10 first team honoree this past season started all 29 games for Stonehill this winter and was named to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Tournament's East Regional in March. She is ranked 13th in Stonehill program history with 1,402 points,.
Tori is one of four 1000-point scorers at St. Mary's.