Mikaela Dioso-Lopez

Denfender

Class of 2025

Team Ontario Beach

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Mikaela (Mikey)

Dioso-Lopez

Defender

Stats

Discipline for Recruitment: Women’s Beach Volleyball

Height: 5’7″

Spike Touch: 9’4″

Block Touch: 9’0

Standing Reach: 6’9″

Wingspan: 5’7″

Vertical: 29″

Athletic Accomplishments

  • Team Ontario Beach 2022/2023
    The Northern Elite Beach program, from June to August, 2022
    Leaside Beach, competitive 2s, from June to July, 2022
    Caribe Sur Voleibol Club, from 2016 to 2022. Ranked 7th overall in Costa Rican Women's Open, playing for this team, and qualifying for the Elite Division (Top 12 in the country, Women's Open) leading the very first team from the club to qualify for that division, and finished 11th overall in the country at the end of the season.
    LKTS (Lennard Krapp)

  • I currently train with Team Ontario Beach for the 2022/2023 year round integrated program.

    I was selected to train with the Costa Rican 17u and 19u National team in 2019, before the pandemic. I was not able to formally join the team because I am not a citizen of the country.

  • Global Village School (Ojai, California)
    Class of 2025
    % Average: 93%
    GPA: 3.7
    Bilingual athlete (English and Spanish)

  • - Volunteer with a non profit organization helping families in need (located in Costa Rica)
    - Volunteer planting coral in the Costa Rican ocean, with PADI Open Water
    - Volunteer at a local kindergarten teaching handwork projects (located in Costa Rica)
    - Volunteer at the Sloth Conservation Foundation, planting trees in the local community (located in Costa Rica)
    - Volunteer at the Sloth Conservation Foundation, picking up garbage off the beach (in Costa Rica)

  • 2023-24 Phoenix Legacy indoor volleyball (club team)
    2022-23 Leaside Bolts indoor volleyball (club team)
    • 4th in D1T1 Ontario Provincials
    • 5th in D1T1 Canadian Nationals

Athlete Bio

Five words you can use to describe yourself on the court.
  • Coachable
  • Positive
  • Determined
  • Intelligent
  • Competitive
Five words you can use to describe yourself off the court.
  • Honest
  • Competitive
  • Kind
  • Determined
  • Funny
Describe how you work in a team with your partners.

When working with my teammates I try to be a supportive teammate on and off the court and maintain a positive yet competitive attitude, while still encouraging them to try their very best. I find that no matter what, maintaining a good and positive attitude is the key to success. I also try to be the best person my teammates need, whether it’s a loud and encouraging one, or a quiet supportive one.

Athletic highlights and how you felt when you received them:

2022 Beach OVA Provincials: 5th place finish in 15u and 16u
2022 Beach OVA 16u: x2 silver and x1 gold
2022 Beach OVA 15u: x1 silver and x3 gold
2022 Caribe 17u tournament: 1st place finish
2022 Costa Rican Women’s Open Beach Volleyball National Championship: ranked 7th in the country, and 11th overall at the end of the season.
2021 Caribe Open Tournament: 5th place finish
2019 Costa Rican 12u Fencing National Championship: x1 gold and 2x bronze medalist
2018 Costa Rican 12u Aerial Silks National Champion.

Getting the chance to be able to compete is a blessing in itself. I love competition and getting the chance to test myself under pressure. I am always humbled by competitions, but no matter what the outcome is I’m always hungry for more, and ready to be better than I was before.

What are your interests outside of sports? Why do you like them?

I love handwork projects and creating different things. I love it because no matter what, it requires focus, commitment, consistency, patience, and understanding, and it really helps be the best version of myself on and off the court.

I also love reading. I love reading because you get to see into the minds of different people, while also immersing yourself in different worlds and perspectives. Reading also bring me inspiration, and I hope to one day inspire people the way authors have inspired me.

Who are your role models and why?

My number one role model is Melissa Humana-Paredes. Because not only is she an amazing athlete and a great defender and an athlete who is able to transition from defence to offence, but she’s also an amazing human being. She works hard for what she wants, she always has a positive attitude on and off the court, she’s a supportive teammate, and she uses her height as an advantage instead of an obstacle. Even if she fails, she comes back stronger than ever and learns from all of her past mistakes. She has inspired me in countless ways and I have been extremely lucky to have met her.

Involvement in other sports or extracurricular. Why is it important for you?

Before I started to take volleyball more seriously, I was also involved with other sports. Aerial silks, fencing, aikido, and soccer were sports I tried and I really enjoyed. It’s really important for me to branch out and try new things to stay humble and always have a beginners mindset, while also seeking mastery in something I love.

Academic highlights and how you felt when you received them?

I always try to maintain a grade in between 90% and 100% and I’m really proud that I’m able to do that. And maintaining that grade is really important for me to stay consistent and committed to my own process.

What program would you like to attend in school?

A program I would like to attend most in school is English Literature, Law, or Psychology.

How do you envision your school life in college/university?

I want to be able to make lifelong friends in university, and learn about things that I’m passionate about while living in a healthy environment. I also want to be able to play the sport I love at the highest level, while learning how to be a good athlete, student and human being. Managing a student/athlete life is something that’s important to me. I know it requires a lot of time management and focus but I’m up for the challenge.

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