Meet the athlete: Alessandra Dietz

Alessandra Dietz

By Mae Jacobson, Associate Editor

Alessandra Dietz began playing volleyball as a sixth-grader in Michigan. After falling in love with the game, she made it her goal to play at the collegiate level. Recruited by Loyola Marymount University in 2010, Alessandra spent her freshman season in Los Angeles but left to complete her college career at the University of Iowa. She moved to Seattle in January of 2018 to pursue a career in medical sales and started playing for the WAC team shortly afterward.

Q. Tell us about your college career.

A. In Los Angeles, I missed the Big Ten camaraderie I grew up with, so I transferred to Iowa, which was one of the best decisions of my life. During my time there I was named to the 2014 Academic All-American Big Ten team, I broke the eight-year-old career attack percentage record, I was one of three Iowa players to start in every match of the 2014 season, and I served as team captain.

Q. Now you’re part of the WAC volleyball team. How’s it going?

A. It’s been a great experience. I’ve met so many awesome people and loved getting back onto the court. We joined a sand volleyball league this summer. That was a lot of fun.

Q. What’s your favorite part about volleyball?

A. It’s the ultimate team sport. Everyone on the court needs to do their job for the team to be successful. You aren’t playing against the clock in volleyball, so every point matters. If you’re down by several points, there is still a chance to come back.
I love that with resilience and determination you can always put your team in a position to win.

Q. Any advice for aspiring young players?

A. Have confidence in yourself and trust that if you put in the time and effort, you will see great results.

As published in the November/December issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted November 9, 2018

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