by C. GARRETT KEIDEL, Asst. Editor
Alyssa Rehrer is a junior biology major from Lorton, VA. On Nov. 8, 2017 she recorded her 1,000 career dig during her third season on the Manhattan College volleyball team. She currently has 1,048 digs and looks to continue increasing that number as she heads into her final season with the team.
The Quadrangle: How did you get into sports, volleyball in particular?
Alyssa Rehrer: “My dad is big on sports and I first started off playing ice hockey. I did that until my freshman year of high school. I also played volleyball in junior high and decided that it was something that I liked. My dad would play recreational volleyball, so he got me into it. Then I just started playing from clubs then I got recruited.”
TQ: What has been your experience so far as a college athlete?
AR: “It’s been a good experience. I get to travel and meet new people. It’s a small volleyball world so you get to know people from everywhere. When we travel to play other teams, I know some of the girls on those teams so its fun playing against them.”
TQ: What made you want to come to Manhattan College?
AR: “Mostly the city. I always thought that I was a big city girl and that was something I wanted to experience. My parents have always been pushing me to live in New York while you’re young. That’s mainly why I came here.”
TQ: What did you/do you still hope to get out of being a D1 athlete?
AR: “Mostly just the overall experience. Coming in as a freshman I didn’t expect to play. I just wanted to continue playing at a high competitive level, which is why I chose this school. Just trying to get better as an athlete. I enjoy all the working out and stuff like that to become that better athlete.”
TQ: Do you have any favorite memories playing volleyball?
AR: “My freshman year here we played Fairfield, which they’ve won for the past three years. We were actually losing in the semifinal game, two sets to zero. We ended up coming back by beating them in the next two sets to go to the fifth set. We ended up losing in the end but it was the best game we’ve all played as a team. It was something that we didn’t think we could do, but we ended up competing very well against them.”
TQ: Do you have a nickname on the team?
AR: “I don’t think that I do. I think I used to my freshman year. But that was with the older girls that graduated. But I don’t have one now.”
TQ: Do you have any goals academically and also in playing volleyball?
AR: “Academically I just want to further my education so I can go into a career after graduation. I want to go to physicians’ assistant school. So that’s what I’m aiming for academically. For volleyball, I have one year left. I’m just trying to have fun with it and win more games. Always trying to get better.”
TQ: Are there any major lessons you’ve learned while playing volleyball?
AR: “A lot of time management and getting stuff done on time. We have a busy schedule and so just like working around that. I wasn’t used to waking up this early every morning, so that was something I had to get used to, and I am now. Because of that I’ve become more of a morning person. Time management has been a big thing for me.”
TQ: Favorite part about playing D1 sports?
AR: “Just all the people you meet and all the places you get to go. We went to California two years ago and I had never been there. So traveling is always fun and then the parents coming to games is really fun to see too.”
TQ: Any messages you’d like to say?
AR: “We would like to get more people out to our games. I think it would be fun for even more people to come out and support us throughout the season.”