She, Santos and Suarez talked to their families, but the conversations were brief due to the downed power lines and cell towers.
Figueroa, who is from the San Juan suburb of Levittown, said the tragedy brought the team together. Players have rallied around their Puerto Rican teammates as they struggle to cope with the crisis and communicate with their families.
“It’s brought the team together,” Figueroa says. “They’re fighting together.”
Cal State LA continued to rally to their 21st consecutive winning season. The Golden Eagles reached the semifinals of the CCAA Championship Tournament as the South Division’s No. 4 seed.
Santos finished the regular season second in the conference in kills, with 339, and in points, with 376.5. She led the Golden Eagles in kills, points, service aces and was second in digs. Her outstanding performance this season earned her All-CCAA First Team, CCAA Freshman of the Year and American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II West Region Freshman of the Year honors.