RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman Sahbria McLetchie has earned Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the week honors for her performance in the Demon Deacon Invitational held in Winston Salem, N.C. The Rams defeated Hofstra (3-0) on Friday and ACC foe Wake Forrest (3-1) on Saturday to win the tournament.
McLetchie contributed 11 points and nine kills in the win over the Flying Dutchmen. The hitter added 20 kills and four service aces against the hosting Demon Deacons on Saturday. It was the second time the freshman recorded 20+ Kills during the week. She recorded a team-high 21 kills in a 3-1 win over Hampton on Tuesday, the most by VCU freshman since 2007. McLetchie finished the week with 62 kills in 15 sets.
Despite missing their top three players, the Rams remained resilient and McLetchie feels they were able to come away from the tournament with some momentum heading into Atlanic-10 Conference play, "It was really positive. It was good timing for us to play that well at that tournament. It got us all excited to head into conference play and do our best." On VCU playing well despite key loses the freshman stated, "As a team we made it a goal to stay positive and play our best no matter the circumstances. Individually, a lot of players were able to step up and fill the holes that we needed them to."
Despite some nerves early on, the San Antonio native has been able to make a strong impact on the program. The hitter was not expecting to have these results so early in her career and finds being named the A-10 Rookie of the Week "hard to believe", adding, "I'm just glad that I'm doing what I was brought here to do. My team is very supportive and we all work together. We're competing for spots, but everyone is very supportive and congratulated me, which is nice."
Personal Goals for the Season: "My personal goals are to improve my game and finish the season on a high note. The team's goal is to get the championship ring.
Favorite Part About Traveling with the Rams: "Probably how entertaining everyone is. There's never a dull moment."
What Attracted You to Richmond: "I really love Richmond, the area is really pretty. It's so different from where I live in Texas. I really like Belle Isle. We went there with the team. It was a lot of fun."
What Being a Collegiate Student-Athlete Means to Her: "It means a lot to me. It took a lot to get here. I'm very grateful to be in the position that I am."
On Transitioning to Collegiate Life: "It is definitely different, of course harder, but the support system is really great. Our academic advisors are great. I can go in and talk to Demetrius about a lot of things, especially time management. The girls are also really helpful. We go to study hall together and help each other with homework. It is very possible to be good at both things."
On Being Away From Home: "I wasn't really nervous, I was kind of excited to be on my own. I talk to my mom and younger sisters a lot on Facetime. A lot of tears, but its okay. Just knowing that they're always going to be there, I can always go back and get my hugs and stuff when I need them."
Home-Cooked Meal You Miss the Most: "My mom's salmon. She makes the best salmon ever."
Can Play Viola: "I played it all the way through high-school. I was pretty good. I just didn't want to stick with it. In my elementary school, we had this program where the middle school orchestra teacher would come down and give lessons after school. I started in 5th grade and really liked it a lot, so I kept going. I stopped doing orchestra was because I thought I needed to dedicate more time on volleyball and now I'm here, so I guess it worked out."
Favorite Thing to Binge on Netflix: "Orange is the New Black. I finished every season like the day it came out. (Season three) was really good. I wish it went on longer."
Guilty Pleasure: "Duck-face mirror selfies."
App You Couldn't Live Without? (Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram): Twitter
Being a Spurs Fan: "Basketball is my favorite sport to watch. I'm a pretty big Spurs fan, but not the biggest. You see people, especially in San Antonio, decorating their cars, with Spurs tattoos, everything."
McLethie will not be sporting any Spurs tattoos in the near future, but she will be rocking the Black and Gold when the Rams return home October 2nd to host George Washington in Atlantic-10 action. Game time 7 p.m.