What is your favorite volleyball memory at Anderson?
Winning the AISD tournament championship game this fall against Copperas Cove. It was intense, and we played so well as a team.
Has volleyball taught you any lessons you use in everyday life?
Yes, many things. Staying focused in the moment is so important. You can’t dwell on mistakes or a great play for that matter. Every serve is a fresh start.
What are your college plans?
I will be playing sand volleyball for Florida State. I’m excited to be a part of this new collegiate sport.
How did you get started in sand volleyball?
My first indoor club coach, Brian Popinga, said that my skills would translate well to sand. He suggested Mary Pat (Wehmeyer) and I should play in a tournament in Dripping Springs, and we’ve been playing ever since.
How did you choose Florida State?
They chose me and gave me a deadline. They are focused on becoming national champions, and I can’t wait to be part of that effort. I hope some Texas schools will add sand (volleyball) in the near future.
If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, who would they be?
President Teddy Roosevelt, Kristen Wiig, chef David Bull and my future husband, Ryan Gosling.
Why would you invite chef Bull?
To have a good dinner, you must have great food. And if the conversation lagged, we can talk about how delicious our meal is.
If you had the choice of being valedictorian of your class or all-state in volleyball, which would you choose?
Valedictorian of my class. Then we could all believe in miracles.
You were born in Brazil and lived there for 11 years. What are your most vivid memories?
My weekends with lots of family and friends, eating churrasco (grilled meat) and cheering for my favorite soccer teams. Another memory that brings a smile to my face is sitting on the beach, drinking coconut water and listening to live music.
Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I went through a phase when I wanted to be a competitive ice skater … until I saw myself on video. My dream was crushed.
What do you consider the world’s greatest invention?
Electricity. Thank you, Thomas Edison. I love all it makes possible: the refrigerator, Vita Mix, AC, phone, lights, music, TV.
What advice would you give a freshman about how to be successful at school in athletics and academics?
Practice hard, be confident and relaxed under pressure. Most importantly, keep track of all your assignments.
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
I skip morning swim practice and sleep in so I feel rested during games.