Banner Elk, NC--Join us as we get to know 6'1 senior leader, Daviana Metti, who comes to LMC from her home in Cordoba, Argentina.
1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?
I was playing at a community college in Iowa. The team was good, but the coaching staff wasn't very pleasant to me. We didn't have a very good relationship which made me not enjoy so much my favorite sport. When I was looking for a school I didn't care where I was going, I just wanted to go to a place where the coaches cared about each player as a person, not just seeing them as a temporary spot on the court. After the first call I had with my head coach, Jamie Petrik, I knew for sure I wanted to come to LMC because I could feel his interest in my personality as well as my volleyball skills. We talk more about what I did in my free time than about volleyball.
2. How long have you been playing volleyball?
I have played volleyball for 8 years.
3. What are your personal goals for this season?
This is my last season at LMC which makes me want to give the best of myself on the court. But there's more than volleyball in this season. I'm very excited for the size of the team; there are going to be many new faces whom I want to get to know. Another goal is to improve in my volleyball skills and find a team in Europe to play for after I graduate next May.
4. What's your favorite volleyball memory here at Lees-McRae so far?
One of my favorite memories at LMC is the trip we did to
Florida. We had so much fun beating those teams, and then we went
to the hotel to play at the pool. We went out for dinner with some
of the parents. It was nice to talk to them. It was like a
vacation trip, everything we did was fun.
Another good memory is when we did the tournament with the guys. It was fun and productive. My team was Nicole, who I knew very well, and Waz, who I didn't know at all. We played the first game without understanding each other. We were very frustated and weren't enjoying it. Nicole did a very good job bringing us closer and working on the team, and it worked. From that point on we won the rest of the games and the tournament!
5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career?
My coaches. They have believed in both Nicole Burns and me. She would warm up with me before every single game going as hard as she could. It was very frustrating for her not to play that much, but she wouldn't give up any second. I knew that I was playing in a spot where she could be and that made me appreciate and enjoy playing even more.
6. If you weren't playing volleyball what other sport would you play?
I always wanted to play tennis and swim.
7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree?
My major is Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Development. I don't have a clear idea of what I want to do with my degree as soon as I graduate. I would like to keep studying in a concentration depending on the job I find. I like traveling and administrating a lot. One of my ideas is to take groups of people on trips, like mission trips.
8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?
I would go back to highschool when life was happiness and success. I had the best grades of the entire school; I was good at sports, being part of many teams. I especially loved living at home and having all the members of my family with me.
9. What is your favorite book?
I don't really read for fun that much; although my mom gave me a book before I came to the US about going foward with your dreams that made me decide to leave Argentina.
10. What is your favorite food?
All kind of healthy food, especially vegetables, steak and pasta. I like every thing with cheese, and I also love honey. (I have a spoonful every day.)
11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
Europe is my dream. I would love to go there, especially to Italy, not just to visit but to live for a while. I'd like to learn the culture and language.
12. What is one word that describes you and why?
Caring. I always have a strong need to help others. When I do it I feel very, very good. I remember when I was in Argentina and wasn't a Christian yet, I would often pray at night asking God to give me the opportunity to help others. I know He gave me some skills and gifts. I feel selfish by keeping them to myself. I love to teach and to give.
When I was 13 years old a girl in my town got a volleyball. It was the only ball we had in the neighborhood so we would get together (around 20 or us) and play in a circle. When I was 15 my father told me one night to pack up my volleyball stuff because the next day we were leaving to go to the city to play somewhere. He didn't say anything else. I didn't know anything about club volleyball at that time. I got accepted onto a very good team. I would travel 7 hours a day, two times a week just to practice one day and play another. The rest of my free time I was teaching English to earn the money to pay for the bus tickets. School? I did my homework on the bus. It was hard, but I loved the sport. It was worth it. When I was 17 I had to leave home to play. My club offered me a place to stay. After a year I heard about an opportunity to come to the US to play and study. It was hard to get it, just one girl from my state was able to do it. But I didn't have a good life in Argentina, so I didn't have anything to lose. After a year and a half of working toward my goal, I got it! One Friday I got the news that I was not only accepted into Iowa Western Community College and but had received a plane ticket for the next Tuesday! It was very "memorable" to tell my mom, family and friends I was leaving. Is it hard? Every day is harder. Every day I miss them more; but this opportunity I got to come to the US is going to benefit not just my future, but my entire family. Everything I do is for them, they are the source of my motivation day by day to keep going, keep pushing, and not let myself down. With God's will, I'll get to the point that I can see them more often and open doors for them too. My future dream is to play professional volleyball in Europe.