Santiago Commits To Defender Volleyball

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Santiago Commits To Defender Volleyball

(Monday, May 17; Sioux Center, Iowa) Diego Santiago, a student at Dr. Carlos Gonzalez High School (Puerto Rico), has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender men’s volleyball program.

“Diego will bring a wonderful six-rotation skill set into our program which will provide competitive depth for us at the outside hitter position as well as ball control.  His experience playing against high level competition will be another benefiting factor that will continue to help our program grow.  We are grateful for the development of Diego’s skills through the coaching of Gaby Ruiz, Max Ruiz, and Rafael Monroig.  Diego will be a great ambassador to live out The Defender Way as he seeks to grow in his relationship with the Lord while pursuing excellence in all areas of his life,” said Dordt men’s volleyball coach Chad Hanson.

Santiago is a 5-11 outside hitter and libero and was named the Liga Salvador Chiqui Ortiz best scorer and the  La Nueva Liga de Volley Masculino best defensive player in events played in 2019. He was the mvp of the Liga Noreste 2019 event as well.

“I chose to go to Dordt because of its great academic engineering program, its amazing volleyball program, and its loving and considerate Christian community that has treated me so kindly,” said Santiago.

Diego is the son of Federico Santiago and Grissel Duran. He plans to study Engineering at Dordt.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.