UR senior middle blocker Alma Guevara, from Van Nuys, Calif., had an outstanding weekend as the women’s volleyball team went 4-0 at a tournament hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. On her way to being named to the All-Tournament Team, Guevara had a remarkable 46 kills.
What’s your major?
Brain and cognitive sciences (BCS).
When did you start playing volleyball?
I started playing when I was in second grade in gym class. Then I continued in middle school, where I learned about club volleyball. Then I played for my varsity team in high school.
How do you feel when you are playing?
In the beginning I am a little bit nervous, but also excited. After the first few points, however, I calm down and focus.
Who helped you get where you are today?
My parents were extremely helpful to me. They were great for academic and athletic support when I needed it.
What’s your favorite thing about UR?
The campus. It is very beautiful and it’s the first thing I notice when I am here. Also, I love the fact that I can study BCS. It is something that is not offered in a lot of schools, and I am glad that I can do that here.
What was your favorite highlight from this weekend’s tournament?
In one of the matches (against Medaille College) we won a game 25-6. But, their six points came off our mistakes. In other words, they did not win a point unless we gave it to them. It was a great game.
If you didn’t play volleyball, what sport would you play?
Ping pong. I love to play it!
Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
Yes, I have a few. I have two pairs of my “favorite” socks, and I can only wear those when I’m playing. In addition, I must listen to music before the game, and it can only be hip-hop. My other superstition is that my hair must be in a braid the same way every time.
What are your post-college goals?
Hopefully I can get a job doing research somewhere and eventually go to graduate school.
Davis is a member of the class of 2016.