Senior Sessions: Marie Reiterova

Aug. 8, 2014

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By Megan Herboth

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF volleyball team hit the courts for day two of practice on Friday.

Setter Marie Reiterova noted that this year means a little bit more than her previous four on campus.

"To be a senior, it means a lot to me," Reiterova said. "This is like my American family, so I'm going to play for them and I'm going to enjoy every second of it."

She was born in the Czech Republic and grew up in Luxembourg. As she enters her fifth year on campus things have fallen into a routine, but her freshman year at UCF was a transitional time.

"In the beginning it was hard," she said. "It took me about a year until I got used to everything because it's a big cultural difference. Now, I don't feel any difference and I feel comfortable here."

Reiterova's adjustment time did not slow her down on the court. As the starting setter, she tallied more than 1,000 assists in each of the past two seasons and ranks fourth on the career leaderboard with 2,405 entering this season. Though she described herself as a quiet leader, she wants to take her experience and use it to teach the younger players about hard work and perseverance. She also noted that having so many returners from a squad that won 21 matches last season gives this year's team something to build on.

"We know how to be successful," Reiterova said. "I think having confidence, knowing each other and knowing how to be successful is going to definitely help us have a great season."

UCF Volleyball, which is presented by Radisson-UCF Area, opens the season at The Venue with the Radisson UCF Invitational on Aug. 29 and 30.



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