Meet the Spartans – International Players (mostly)
In the final installment of Meet the Spartans, we meet players from Brazil, Czech Republic and Puerto Rico.
Nandyala Gama, a 6-0 middle blocker, comes to San Jose from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There she attended Colégio Batista Shepard school and played club for Minas Tenis Clube.
“Nandyala has a huge physical presence at the net and can play several different positions,” said Spartan head coach Jolene Shepardson. “Most of all, I am looking forward to the spirit she is going to bring to our team.”
Hana Tresnáková, a 5-10 outside hitter, comes to the United States from Prague, Czech Republic. She has been successful both indoor and sand. She won a bronze medal in sand volleyball at the U22 2013 European Championships.
“Hana brings experience and a professional attitude to the team. More importantly, she has a fighter’s mentality and a desire to win,” said Shepardson.
While not technically an international student (since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States), Yavianliz Rosado is included with these two players after signing over the summer. Rosado, a 5-6 libero, played for the Puerto Rico Under18 team and was named the Best Libero at the 2012 Plaza Vea Cup held in Peru.
"Yavianliz is a gutsy player with an intense ability to focus. I believe these characteristics were developed growing up in a competitive volleyball family. We're going to look to her to provide us with stability in our reception game and frustrate our opponents with her feisty defense," said Shepardson.
The Spartans are excited to start the season this weekend at the Elon Phoenix Classic. The team takes on Liberty Friday, followed by Elon and Maryland on Saturday.