Athlete Spotlight of The Week: Andrea Martinez – Women’s Volleyball

Credit: Shemar Alexander
Shemar Alexander/Staff Reporter

First of all I’m a student athlete, but I’m a student first before my athletics. I started playing volleyball when I was 10 years old, and I really liked it so I kept playing. When I was I Columbia I played for my school then I moved to America in 7th grade and I kept playing through highschool on the varsity team. I fell in love with the game then I decided that I wanted to play the next level.

I wanted to be a college athlete as well, so I talked to the head coach of the volleyball team here at Riddle and I showed her how I played and she wanted me to join the team. I can now be a student athlete playing volleyball while studying aerospace engineering here at Embry-Riddle. I’ve wanted to be an engineer since maybe five or six years ago.

What motivates me is reaching my goals; I always set my goals so I can achieve them. The two goals I’ve set recently were to come to Embry-Riddle to study aerospace engineering and to play college volleyball, and I’ve accomplished those goals. So I always set my goals and each day I work to get closer to reaching my goals. My biggest in life to achieve is to work for Boeing designing aircraft and optimizing them.

Interviewed by Shemar Alexander