Ava’s basketball career began in Kindergarten when she participated in St Martin de Porres School’s CYO program, where she simply enjoyed playing with her friends. At Lourdes, she has played on the varsity team since her freshman year and has qualified for all-section and all-league for the past three years. In addition to being a Warrior, she has been blessed the past four years, playing for the Philadelphia Belles AAU, the nation’s first and top girls’ travel team program, and the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League team.
Ava shared some of her favorite moments during her career at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, “My favorite memory would be when I first found out that I was on the varsity team as a freshman, and winning against Arlington at the County Center last year with so many Lourdes students there,” she said.
“We have been blessed for four years by Ava’s commitment, not only to athletics but academics and the entire Lourdes community,” commented Mrs. Merryman. “She is a gift to this world and in her uniqueness, we wish her God’s blessings as she goes on to Purdue and continues to bestow her beautiful gifts on everybody she meets.”
In addition to basketball, the Lourdean is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in the school’s Spanish Club. At Purdue University, Ava plans to major in Elementary Education. She chose Purdue because of the esteemed basketball program and the connection she felt to the coaches. “The school itself is amazing, and I was looking for a team where at the end of the day they were my family and would have my back no matter what,” she shared.
When asked how COVID-19 has affected her basketball career, Ava answered graciously. “Honestly, COVID was a shock to me and it didn’t really hit me until I realized that I couldn’t work out with my trainers or travel for my final AAU season, but I figured out a workout schedule from home, which was tricky. I’m so grateful to be back in the gym now,” she said.
Ava would like to thank all the coaches that she has ever had, her family for supporting her throughout her career, everyone at Lourdes, and her teammates for all of their love and support.
Ava’s family and friends, her OLL teammates along with Lourdes Principal, Catherine Merryman, Assistant Athletic Director Miles Hansen, and faculty members were all on hand for the signing to support and congratulate her.