Started out in Brazil, and now she’s here. And then she’ll go back. And then back to here. Maybe.
Ana Beatriz is just a few years into her career at Ohio State as a volleyball player, but already has future aspirations of returning to her home country to play professionally after her tenure with the Bucks. She has won three South America Championships as a member of the Brazilian Youth National Team, all while taking home MVP honors in the 2013 U-16 Championships. Why not keep up the international dominance?
However, for now, ‘Bia’, as she goes by, is a stand-out on the Ohio State Women’s Volleyball squad, and for good reason. She started almost half of her matches as only a sophomore, finishing this past season with 172 digs, 70 kills, 22 assists, 15 service aces and 11 blocks.
We had the chance to hear from Bia on her career thus far in a scarlet and gray uniform, as well as who she is off the court.
Q: Where did you grow up? Tell us about your family.
I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am very lucky to have an awesome family! I have a brother that is just a year younger than me and also plays volleyball, we are best friends and do everything together. My mom’s name is Gabriela and my dad’s is Carlos, they are both orthopedic surgeons. My whole family is very into sports so we always had a great time while growing up going to tournaments and watching volleyball matches.
Q: Why did your family move to the United States?
I moved here because I wanted to play volleyball at an elite level and get a good degree.
Q: Why did you want to come to Ohio State specifically?
The Big Ten is the best conference for volleyball and I knew I wanted to play in it. When I started talking to the coaches at Ohio State, I knew right away that I wanted to come here. The culture and tradition of the program were the first things that amazed me.
Q: When did you get into volleyball, and why?
My best friend played volleyball when I was little and she got me into it. I was very tall when I was [younger] so that helped. It took me a while to like it, but today I am so glad I stuck with it.
Q: What has been your favorite part of the Ohio State Volleyball program thus far?
The team. The culture and the friendships I have made in this program are definitely the things I love the most about this program. We are a real family and I do not think you can find this everywhere. This program is very unique.
Q: What are your goals for your team and you personally going into next season?
We have a very young team with a lot of potential. I want us to have a great season and hope that our team stays healthy so we can represent the Ohio State volleyball program on the best of our ability.
Q: Do you want to do anything with volleyball after college? Playing further? Coaching?
I would like to go back home and play one professional season in Brazil. The league there is one of the best and it would be awesome to play for the teams I grew up cheering on.
Q: If you could be the best in the world in any sport except for volleyball, what would it be?
I would be a tennis player. I never tried playing, but I think it is the closest another sport gets to volleyball.
Q: What were the biggest misconceptions you had about America before moving here?
I didn’t really have one. I came to the United States many times before with my family for vacation so I had an idea of how things worked and what to expect.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Go the beach with my friends, watch Netflix, and play beach volleyball.
Q: If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be?
Dolphins, so I could spend the whole day in the ocean.
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