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Montini Senior Victoria Matulevicius Crowned Suburban Life’s Player of the Year

A Rising Star from the Start

Victoria Matulevicius quickly captured the attention of her new coach, Shannon Spanos, with her impressive work ethic from the moment she joined the Montini Lady Broncos as a freshman. Despite her initial shyness, Matulevicius let her performance on the basketball court speak volumes, particularly noted during an early practice where she dominated with ten offensive rebounds in just five minutes. This relentless effort not only set the tone for her high school career but also laid the groundwork for the team’s culture under Coach Spanos.

Montini Catholic’s Victoria Matulevicius (5) drives around the Grayslake Central defense during the girls Class 3A Concordia University Supersectional basketball game on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 in River Forest, IL.

Building a Legacy at Montini

Throughout her high school journey, Matulevicius played a pivotal role in propelling Montini’s basketball program to new heights. By her senior year, she led her team back to the state championships for the first time since 2020, achieving a commendable third-place finish in Class 3A with a record of 30-8. Her standout season earned her a place on the Class 3A Second Team All-State, a testament to her average of 16.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.

More Than Just a Player

Off the court, Matulevicius emerged as a natural leader, admired not just for her athletic prowess but also for her academic achievements and kindness. Her influence extended beyond the game, setting a standard for future Montini athletes. Her coach praised her for developing into the team’s voice, guiding younger players with her experience and wisdom.

In addition to her high school achievements, Matulevicius has also gained international experience, representing Lithuania in European championships. This exposure to international play refined her skills further, preparing her for potential collegiate basketball. Known for her rigorous training routine, including practicing additional shots after team sessions, Matulevicius embodies dedication and resilience, promising a bright future in whatever path she chooses next.