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Aug. 7, 2006

Maria was a four-year starter and four-time all-league (Midwest Athletic Conference) selection for Marion Local High School in Maria Stein, Ohio. She was a three-time MAC Player of the Year (2004, ’05 and ’06) and was selected 2006 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division IV Player of the Year. Maria netted 17.0 points, 5.7 assists and 4.3 steals per game her senior season.

The District 8 Player of the Year in 2005 and ’06, Maria was an All-Ohio first team member twice as well and led Marion Local to the 2003 OHSAA Division IV state title

Birthplace: St. Mary’s, Ohio Nickname: Ria Major: Business Favorite Part of Campus: The Schottenstein Center Favorite TV Channel: MTV Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy Favorite Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Walker Favorite Actresses: Rachel McAdams Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Professional Sports Team: N/A Favorite Sportscaster: Kirk Herbstreit Favorite Professional Athlete: Dwayne Wade Favorite Music: Hip Hop, Rock, Oldies Favorite Artist or Group: Journey Favorite Meal: Roast Beef, Cheesy Potatoes and Baked Apples Favorite Board Game as a Kid: Sorry Most Interesting Place I Have Visited: Washington, D.C. Place I Would Like to Visit: Paris Favorite U.S. President: George Washington My Hobbies Are: Playing Volleyball My Favorite Ohio State Tradition: Script Ohio If I Did Not Play Basketball at Ohio State: Play Volleyball