Mercy College Athletics caught up with senior Andrea Velasco of the Mercy College Volleyball team for the week nine release of a weekly Senior Spotlight series that will have a new senior interviewed every Monday. The Senior Spotlight Series allows Maverick fans to get to know Mercy student-athletes on and off of the playing field and court.
In her two years as a Maverick, Velasco saw action in 57 matches, recording 188 sets, 258 kills, 458 digs, 46 assists, and lead the team with 47 service aces in her final season. This past season, she averaged a .075 hit percentage, 2.38 digs per set, and 1.99 kills per set. This Maverick recorded ten games in the 2016 season with more than ten digs. She found her best game on October 16th in an exciting 3-2 victory over Roberts Wesleyan when she contributed a match high 25 digs and put down 13 kills.
We spoke with the Health Science student from Whittier, California to learn more about her experiences as a Maverick.
Q: How did you start playing volleyball?
A: I started playing volleyball around middle school after being introduced to the sport in a PE class. My mom used to play volleyball so she helped teach me the basics and really influenced my interest and love for the sport at a young age.
Q: What made you choose to come to Mercy?
A: I chose to come to Mercy because I have always wanted to explore the East Coast and Mercy gave me this opportunity. Coming from California, I had never experienced snow or traveled to any of the states along the east coast so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to travel and experience a new setting.
Q: Why did you choose your major?
A: I chose my major because being an athlete I have always been fascinated with how nutrition effects the body and have been influenced by my family to live a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition has always been an important factor in my life and something I practice and share every day.
Q: What was your most memorable moment as a Maverick?
A: My most memorable moment as a Maverick was last season at a home game against Bridgeport. We took a match from Bridgeport and the excitement from the team and the crowd was unreal. Even though we had only taken a match from them it was memorable because that was the loudest the gym had ever been and they were our biggest competitor of the season.
Q: What is some advice that you would give to your freshman-self?
A: To my freshman-self, I would highly recommend to not procrastinate but to also enjoy my time because college goes by a lot faster than you think.
Q: What have you enjoyed about being a student-athlete?
A: As a student athlete I have enjoyed having the opportunity to travel and move across the country, compete at a new level, create many new friendships, and of course priority registration has its perks. Being a student-athlete has made me more involved with the college and has also allowed me to fully enjoy my time here.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: In my free time I enjoy being active and engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking or competing in pick-up games at the beach.
Q: What are your plans for after graduation?
A: After graduation I plan on continuing my education at a school near home before applying to grad school. I might even try to play for a sand volleyball team at one of the local colleges.