She was told by doctors at a young age that she shouldn't participate in team sports. Facing progressive hearing loss, Tori Faieta ’15 was advised not to play sports like basketball since her hearing loss would make it difficult for her to keep up. Now in her third year of playing for Head Coach Trish Brown on the Stonehill women’s basketball team, Faieta has shown it is possible to overcome a challenge through hard work and the support of teammates.
A McDonald's All-America nominee in high school, Faieta has made a remarkable impact not only on the basketball court at Stonehill but on those around her as well.
“Every day she inspires everyone she plays with,” says Brown. “During the recruiting process you think about what the challenge will be but as soon as I watched her and met her, I had no reservations. I needed Tori here at Stonehill because she is such a great character kid,” Brown adds.
The 6-2 forward is having the best season of her career this year, averaging 13.5 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds for the Skyhawks. She also leads the Northeast-10 Conference with 2.1 blocks per game. She has been named the NE-10 Player of the Week twice this season. Last year she earned All-Northeast-10 Second Team honors.
For Faieta, the biggest challenge is not being able to hear the referees’ whistle during games. Instead, Faieta must rely on her teammates’ hand signals and eye contact.
“Everyone loves playing with her. She is just an amazing player and an amazing person. What she does on the court with her impairment is just unbelievable,” says teammate Asia Ewing.
At 17-7 overall and 14-6 in NE-10 play, Stonehill is poised to make a run in the upcoming conference championship. The Quarterfinals will begin on Sunday, March 2nd.
Below is a video feature the Northeast-10 Conference recently did on Faieta with the help of Cod Rock Media.