Lofrano headed to Cal State L.A.

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Iona Lofrano told her dad Fred he could scrap her college fund back in third grade. That?s when the young soccer star informed her father she would be getting an athletic scholarship. Some 10 years later, the Colfax High senior made good on her promise. Lofrano signed to play volleyball at Cal State Los Angeles this week, inking a deal that will cover nearly all of her college expenses. ?Everything but food,? Lofrano said. Early on, soccer appeared to be her best chance at a college career. She is still a force on the pitch ? helping the Falcons to an undefeated season in the Pioneer Valley League this spring ? but her passion for volleyball is infectious. ?My dad was definitely rooting for soccer,? Lofrano said. ?I enjoy soccer and the conditioning, but I wouldn?t be able to not play volleyball. I just love the complete adrenaline rush I get from it.? A two-time all-Pioneer Valley League pick, Lofrano led the Falcons in kills (89) and aces (23) last fall. She was also second in blocks (18) and digs (33). Colfax finished 24-10 overall. Lofrano said she had scholarship offers from other schools, but she wanted to stay in California. Cal State L.A. competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, facing the likes of Chico State, Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus. Lofrano said she plans to study kinesiology with an eye toward a career in athletic training.