GETTING TO KNOW SYDNEY VANITVELT

GETTING TO KNOW SYDNEY VANITVELT

After two years playing close to home at Mott Community College in Michigan, junior Sydney Vanitvelt has stepped outside her comfort zone to join the VCU Volleyball team. An All-Conference selection last season for Mott, Vanitvelt recently sat down share why she chose VCU and why she wants to visit Bora Bora.
 
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.

BTU: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
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.