RICHMOND, Va. – VCU junior outside hitter Alica Kandler was named the Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance in the Rams' two wins this past week.
Kandler helped lead the Black and Gold to wins over both George Washington and George Mason. In the two matches Kandler finished with a combined 21 kills and eight services aces. Kandler also contributed to on the defensive end with 16 digs and three total blocks.
After transferring from Daytona State College, Kandler has made an immediate impact for the Black and Gold. She currently leads the team with 225 kills and is second on the team with 24 service aces. Her dominant offensive play has helped lead VCU to an overall record of 15-10 and a 6-3 record in the Atlantic-10 Conference.
"I chose VCU because they have a great forensic science program and a great volleyball team. That was really hard to find".
Kandler began her volleyball career in Olfen, Germany, in what some may call an unconventional way. "I started playing volleyball when I was seven because my best friend didn't want to go to practice alone".
Pre-game ritual: I don't have one I just like to calm myself down. I like to watch my other teammates like Jasmin Sneed who dances around, it's really fun to watch.
Favorite place to go on campus: The library
Favorite professional athlete: Laura Ludwig, an Olympic beach volleyball player.
Best way to spend a day off: Cooking a fancy meal, hanging out with my friends, drinking coffee and watching a movie.
Superpower you would like to have: I would be invisible, it would be nice to disappear and have time for yourself when you are stressed.
German food you miss: Graupensuppe. It is a soup with vegetables and sausage. My grandma makes it the best, can't top that.
Favorite place to visit: Australia
Dream job: Working for the FBI
Favorite class: Quantitative Analysis. I like my professor and it is really interesting.