Miami Dade College

Athletics

  • Kristen Blanco

    #14 - Kristen Blanco

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s):1B/OF
    Bat/Throw: L/L
    Height: 5’0”
    High School: Felix Varela Senior High
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Physical Therapy
    Awards in High School: Viper Award. Honorable Mention in Softball (2014)
    Hobbies: I enjoy watching movies and spending time with family.
    Personal: To be successful in my career. Also, to play softball for as long as I can.
    Favorite Quote: “Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda

  • Samantha Cardillo

    #12 - Samantha Cardillo

    Class:Sophomore
    Position (s): C/OF
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’4”
    High School: South Dade High
    Hometown: Homestead, FL
    Major: Physical Therapy
    Awards in High School: 2nd Team All Dade in Softball (2013). Prom Queen
    College Awards: All Southern Conference Second Team (2014)
    Hobbies: I enjoy going fishing, hunting, four wheeling, and trap shooting.
    Personal: I am hopeful to move out of state to play for a University.
    Favorite Quote: “Everything will be alright at the end, but it’s not alright it’s not the end.”

  • Alejandra Mata

    #1 - Alejandra Mata

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): OF
    Bat/Throw:R/R
    Height: 5’8”
    High School: Cooper City High
    Hometown: Buford, Georgia
    Major: Criminal Justice Administration
    Awards in High School: High Honor Awards. Student-Athlete Award.
    Hobbies: I like to cook.
    Personal: I was born in Manizales, Colombia. I am the first person in my family to attend college.
    Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss

  • Destiny Carroll

    #11 - Destiny Carroll


    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): 2B/OF
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’9”
    High School: Fletcher High
    Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
    Major: Biology
    Awards in High School: 4 year Varsity Letterman. All Conference First Team (2013, 2014). First Coast 3rd Team Selection (2014).
    Hobbies: I love to go shoe and sock shopping. I also like to listen to music and workout.
    Personal: I am from Tallahassee but raised in Jacksonville, FL. I am in love with the game of softball and I wish to take my talents to Florida State University. I want to obtain my Doctorate Degree, attend medical school, and become a coroner or medical examiner. If not, I want to become a surgeon, and someday repay everyone who has helped and supported me.
    Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

  • Milena Manami Calixto

    #31 - Milena Manami Calixto

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): RHP/1B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’9”
    High School: Colegio Estadual Do Parana
    Hometown: Curitiba/Brazil
    Major: Accounting
    Awards in College:
    All Southern Conference First Team. All Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year. FCSAA Pitcher of the Week (3 times). FCSAA/NJCAA All State First Team. FCSAA/NJCAA All State Pitcher of the Year. All American First Team. NJCAA Pitcher of the Year.
    Hobbies: I enjoy going to the movies.
    Favorite Quote: “Hard work does not necessarily guarantee success, but no success is possible without hard work.”

  • Erin Sundook

    #9 - Erin Sundook

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): C/1B/OF
    Bat/Throw: Both/L
    Height: 5’7”
    High School: Pompano Beach High
    Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
    Major: Biology
    Awards in High School: All County Honorable Mention for Soccer and Softball (2011). All County Second Team for Soccer (2012-14). I broke the school record for keeper shutouts in one season (2012). All Broward and Miami-Dade First Team for Softball (2013, 2014). Silver Knight Nominee in the Athletics Category (2014).
    Hobbies: I enjoy cross fit, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. I aim to make it to the cross fit games after my softball career concludes.
    Personal: I was born and raised in Broward County. I have a mom, dad, brother, and two dogs (Gracie and Dixie).
    Favorite Quote: “Make your weaknesses your strength, and your strengths stronger.”

  • Anastasiia Miliaeva

    #6 - Anastasiia Miliaeva

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): OF
    Bat/Throw: S/R
    Height: 5’4”
    High School: Secondary General Education School No. 375
    Hometown: Moscow, Russia
    Major: Business Management
    Hobbies: I enjoy reading books, dancing, swimming, and learning English.
    Personal: My team, 16U, won the European National Championship (2009). My dream is to further develop my skills in softball in America. I want to finish my education in America.
    Favorite Quote: “No retreat, no surrender until we are united, we are invincible.”

  • Christie Falcon

    #2 - Christie Falcon

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): RHP/OF
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’2”
    High School: Coral Gables High
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Biology
    Awards in High School: All Dade First Team in Softball (2012, 2013). Capa Dorada Award. Female Most Outstanding Award.
    Hobbies: I like staying active and playing sports, mostly beach volleyball. I also love spending time with my dogs, Jake and Ally.
    Personal: I have a twin sister on the team and I love being a twin. I have a brother named Adrian. I have lived in the same house my entire life. This is my third season with a pregnant coach.
    Favorite Quote: “Greatness isn’t given, greatness is taken.”

  • Catie Falcon

    #7 - Catie Falcon

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): C/3B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’2”
    High School: Coral Gables High
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Physical Therapy
    Awards in High School: All Dade Second Team in Softball (2010). All Dade Third Team in Softball (2011). All Dade First Team in Softball (2012, 2013).
    Hobbies: I love playing beach volleyball.
    Personal: I have an older brother (22), and a twin sister who is also on the MDC Softball Team. I have two dogs, Jake and Ally, which I am obsessed with.
    Favorite Quote: “Pain is temporary but victory is forever.” -Jeremy H.

  • Tayla DaSilva

    #33 - Tayla DaSilva

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): 3B/2B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’4”
    High School: Sebring High
    Hometown: Sebring, FL
    Major: Physical Therapy
    Awards in High School: 4 year letter for varsity softball. Rookie of the Year (2010). Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012). Most Valuable Player (2013). All Highlands Athlete of the Year (2013).
    Hobbies: I enjoy hunting, fishing, singing in the shower, taking road trips, and spending time with my nieces.
    Personal: I have big dreams in life and I will not stop until I reach them. I believe you always try your best and never give up, and that is how one succeeds.
    Favorite Quote: “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

  • Amber Plaza

    #21 - Amber Plaza

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): C/UTL
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’7”
    High School: Bishop Verot High
    Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
    Major: Exercise Science
    Awards in High School: First Team All-Area. Second Team All-Area. Player of the Week (2013). Most Valuable Player (2012, 2013).
    Awards in College: All Southern Conference First Team (2014).
    Hobbies: I like to go sneaker shopping. I enjoy dancing for fun.
    Personal:
    Favorite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

  • Karina Misumi Suicava

    #61 - Karina Misumi Suicava

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): 2B/3B/OF
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’3”
    High School: Colegio Exato
    Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Major: Industrial Engineering
    Hobbies: I enjoy playing softball and swimming.
    Personal: I want to pursue my career to be an engineer.
    Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

  • Bermari Figueroa

    #10 - Bermari Figueroa

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): 3B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’4”
    High School: Flanagan High
    Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
    Major: Physical Therapy
    Hobbies: I enjoy shopping and cleaning.
    Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

  • Greta Longagnani

    #22 - Greta Longagnani

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): RHP/3B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’1”
    High School: Liceo Classico Romagnosi
    Hometown: Parma, Italy
    Major: Physical Therapy
    Hobbies: I enjoy reading books, watching movies, and lifting.
    Personal: I am from Italy. I want to major in Physical Therapy and transfer to a 4 year university.
    Favorite Quote: “See the invisible, believe the incredible, and achieve the impossible.” -Joel Brown
    “Take risks: If you win, you’ll be happy; if you lose, you’ll be wise.” -Unknown

  • Francis Marie Santos

    #25 - Francis Marie Santos

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): RHP/OF
    Bat/Throw: L/R
    Height: 5’0”
    High School: Barbara Goleman High
    Hometown: Hialeah, FL
    Major: Biology/Nursing
    Awards in High School:
    All Dade Second Team in Softball (2013). Golden Glove Award (2013). Member of the Science National Honor Society.
    Hobbies: I enjoy fishing, hiking, and volunteering at children’s shelters whenever I have free time.
    Personal: I aspire to become a successful Physician Assistant, and play the sport I love at the highest level possible.
    Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

  • Crystal Garcia

    #29 - Crystal Garcia

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): MI/OF
    Bat/Throw: Both/R
    Height: 5’3”
    High School: Gulliver Prep
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Psychology
    Awards in High School:
    All Dade First Team in Softball (2012, 2013, 2014). Silver Slugger Award (2014). Golden Glove Award (2014). 3A Softball State Champions (2011, 2012, 2013).
    Hobbies: I enjoy playing softball and volleyball.
    Personal: I’m a Red Sox fan and I love country music.
    Favorite Quote: “Why fit in when you were born to standout?” -Dr. Seuss

  • Amanda Luis

    #27 - Amanda Luis

    Class: Sophomore
    Position (s): 1B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’5”
    High School: Miami Killian High
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Psychology
    Awards in High School: All Dade Honorable Mention in Softball (2013). Delta Psi Kappa Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award.
    Hobbies: I enjoy playing softball, watching movies, shopping, going to the beach, and sleeping.
    Personal: I love everything Disney and enjoy musicals.
    Favorite Quote: “Your only limit is you.”

  • Nicole Pepe

    #20 - Nicole Pepe

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): 1B
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Height: 5’8”
    High School: Miami Palmetto Senior High
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Awards in High School: Coaches Award (2012). Coaches Award (2014). Family and Consumer Award for my field of study (2014).
    Hobbies: I enjoy taking pictures and spending time with my family.
    Personal: I have a younger brother and I just recently had jaw reconstruction surgery.
    Favorite Quote: “Somewhere behind all the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back...play for her.”

  • Samantha Arrastia

    #24 - Samantha Arrastia

    Class: Freshman
    Position (s): OF
    Bat/Throw: S/R
    Height: 5’3”
    High School: John A. Ferguson Senior High
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Major: Business Administration
    Awards in High School:
    Graduated top 10% of my class. Homecoming Queen (2014). Ferguson Dance Team Sweetheart Award. National Honor Society. Most Athletic Senior (2014). Student Government. Softball Team Captain (2014). Graduated from the Bio-Medical Academy.
    Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, dancing, spinning, kickboxing, working out, basketball, tennis, volleyball, softball, simply staying active.
    Personal: I’m an optimistic person. I’m always searching for a need and fulfilling it. When there’s a problem, I search for the solution. On game days, I read athlete’s quotes and watch my favorite inspirational video, “Why We Fall.”
    Favorite Quote: “Limits, like fears, are often only an illusion.”