One of the biggest keys to the success of the VCU women's tennis team over the years has been the balance and depth of the Rams' lineup. Sophomore Manuela Pietzuch was vital to that last year in VCU's run to the CAA Championship.

Pietzuch will be looked upon to carry the back end of the Black & Gold lineup this year, but before she headed into the offseason, she sat down with VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Nan Turner to tell us a little more about her life off the tennis court.

NT: Why did you choose VCU and what is your favorite thing about it?
I chose VCU because it has a good medical practice program and a very good women's tennis team.

What is the biggest difference between Richmond and your hometown of Hechingen, Germany?
Richmond is a big city and since I live in a small town called Hechingen in Germany, I always wanted to experience how it is to live in a big city

NT: What is the best advice you've ever been given?
Never give up

NT: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope I will be done with all my education by this time so that I can start to work and help people

What is a typical day off the court like for you?
Reading books, watching movies and meeting friends

Favorite memory playing tennis at VCU?
I liked seeing the team winning.

Quick Hits

Racquet brand? Wilson-K-Tour
Favorite place to eat in Richmond? I like almost everything
Favorite sport other than tennis?
TV show? Two and a Half Men
Movie? A Time to Kill, Nothing to Lose, Inception
Singer/ band? Jay Sean