Hometown: West Islip, N.Y.
Campus Involvement: Union College Ambassador, Best Buddies
Notable: AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, AVCA First Team All-New York Region, All-Liberty League Second Team
Q: When did you start playing volleyball?
A: I think I started playing volleyball when I was about 12, somewhere around the seventh grade.
Q: Who inspires you to play?
A: My sister first got me into volleyball when she played in high school and with her club team, and I’ve been in love with it ever since.
Q: Does your number have any significance?
A: I actually got randomly assigned the number seven when I first came to Union. But what’s funny is that it was also mine and my sister’s high school volleyball number when we played. I’ve always tried to find a lucky or cool story behind the number seven; I finally found it one day; when I was born I was 7 pounds and 7 ounces.
Q: What are your team and personal goals for the year?
A: My team goals are the same as every member of UCVB this year and that is to win our conference and go to NCAAs. As far as personal goals, I want to remain consistent and be that rock for my team. I also have a goal of working towards getting 2,000 digs by the end of my career here at Union.
Q: Favorite thing to get from Reamer?
A: Chicken bacon BBQ-ranch sandwich and chocolate milk.
Q: What is your most unforgettable memory with the volleyball team?
A: If I was asked this before this past week, my most unforgettable UCVB memory thus far was probably my sophomore year when we played Clarkson in the Liberty League semifinals and although we didn’t win, we played great and I earned my 1,000th dig to end the season. But after this past week, my newest unforgettable UCVB memory would be when we took Williams, who is currently ranked 18th in the nation, to five sets and won!
Q: Has the team dynamic changed with a new coaching staff?
A: Yes, our team dynamic has changed, but for the better; it has changed in the sense that we’re closer now. We grew as a team from losing an old coach and participating in the choice of a new one. It even brought us immediately closer with our first years due to the fact that we all had to start over again.
Q: What team are you most looking forward to playing against this year?
A: I would say my top two are Clarkson and Williams because they are ranked 12th and 18th in the nation respectively and challenge us to play our best.
Q: Do you get nervous when your parents are in the stands?
A: I usually am pretty calm when I play. My parents are at most games so I have gotten used to their presence as fans from a young age. I love hearing them cheer me on and use it as motivation.
Q: If you could give the first years on your team any piece of advice, what would it be?
A: As my team already knows my favorite quote, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t; you’re right.” Volleyball for me is completely mental. I would tell the first years to be confident and composed in everything you do. No matter what your year is, you have the ability to be a leader in your own way.