Senior Thomas Vania After MVC Title Loss to No. 2 Creighton
At Missouri State: Thomas Vania will bring experience and veteran leadership to the squad during his senior year.
2010: Vania had another productive year for the Bears in 2010. After playing in the midfield for the Bears in 09', Vania moved to the backline for the team and helped the MSU defense to a .73 goals against average on the year. Vania started in all 18 games for the Bears last season registering 6 shots and earning his third letter in the process. For his work in the classroom, Vania was named to the first team MVC Scholar-Athlete team.
2009: Vania played in all 19 matches and received a starting assignment in 14 contests to earn his second letter as a Bear. He recorded his only point of the season on an assist of Ryan Hennessy's goal against Oral Roberts (10/14). He took 16 shots, putting six on goal.
2008: Vania played a significant role for the Bears, as he started 11 contests and appeared in a total of 20. Aside from being a key member of the Bears', Thomas still compiled a total of four shots on the season with one each against Akron (9/14), Howard (10/3), Creighton (10/21) and Bradley (10/25).
Background: Vania was a four-year starter as a defender and midfielder for North Cobb High. The Warriors finished fourth in state and went 16-6 during Vania's junior season. As a sophomore, Vania earned his team's academic award for performance on the field and in the classroom.
Personal: Thomas Paul Vania is the son of Robert and Susan Vania. He was born January 29, 1990, in Kennesaw, Ga. He is an accounting major at MSU.