GETTING TO KNOW SYDNEY VANITVELT
Behind the Uniform: What are some of your pet peeves?
Sydney Vanitvelt: I am really OCD, so people that are slobs. Something that also bothers me is when I am at the gym and I see girls with their hair perfectly straightened they don’t hair a pony tail in and they are just walking around. When some one doesn’t get excited (playing volleyball). I know some people have different personalities, [maybe] they are super reserved, but I am super loud and energetic and get excited for whatever.
BTU: What is a TV show you cannot miss?
SV: I have three of them. It started with Dance Moms, and then my friend and I just started watching Pretty Little Liars when It first came out. She stopped watching it and I just finished it. And now I am a big Chicago Med fan.
BTU: What is your dream job?
SV: I really would like to be a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner, so, along those lines. Hopefully I get into the nursing school here because obviously they have a really good hospital right here in Richmond, so [then I can] get my nursing degree. Doing that and opening my own practice. I just love helping people.
BTU: Why did you pick VCU?
SV: The coaching staff when I came was absolutely amazing, and my mom and I aren’t easily impressed. The coaches were just so friendly. The campus when I came to visit was just like my old school. I came from junior college so it was kind of like home. The girls when I came were super easy to connect with, and I just needed that, because I have lived at home for 19 years. So, having a nice coaching staff that who are like my parents, girls who are super easy to connect with and a campus that is just like being close to home, that’s a big part of it.
BTU: What’s the biggest transition from living at home to living in an apartment?
SV: I was really independent at home. I cooked my own food. I liked to explore different recipes, so I would go the store and buy all the ingredients and make it on my own. I would do my own laundry. I would clean my own stuff. I would be home alone. It is kind of just the same. I don’t really miss home that much because it is really similar.
BTU: What is your favorite part about Richmond so far?
SV: I’m not really sure, maybe the food places, because it is different. There aren’t really any cool places in Grand Blanc.
BTU: What is your routine before a volleyball game?
SV: I am really superstitious. So I always keep a hair tie on my left volleyball shoe, and if it breaks I have a panic attack. I usually always wear my hair the same. I like to fold my jersey on the second to the last bench, and if someone knocks it over I have to go back and fold it again a certain way. Also I always put my left shoe on first.
BTU: How did you start playing volleyball?
SV: I think my mom, she played in high school and was also a volleyball and track coach, so I also did track. I started playing in the fourth grade.
BTU: Do you have any hidden talents?
SV: I can do a backflip. I can do a split. I am just very flexible.
BTU: What is the biggest between playing JUCO volleyball and Division I volleyball?
SV: We really didn’t lift or do any type of conditioning. I used to lift on my own.
BTU: What is your go-to meal?
SV: Salads, I love salads.
BTU: What is your greatest strength in volleyball?
SV: I am very versatile. Because during my junior college career we had so many injuries, and I had to set. I had set in high school, so I wasn’t scared, but I was able to preform really well under the circumstances. I also hit too, and for my height you don’t really see that. Put me anywhere, and I’ll do it.
SV: Probably the Maldives or Bora Bora. I am obsessed with traveling and crystal clear water.
BTU: What are you most looking forward to this season?
SV: How our team preforms, because this is my first year here. I’m not really sure how it is going to go. Just being a unit, connecting and having fun winning, losing, bus rides, traveling and experiencing new places with new people.