Margherita and Federica have been the main couple of Florida International University for almost four years. United on and off the court, they have always made their friendship and armony their winning weapon. Together, they have won two All-American titles and boast an historic participation in the NCAA finals. Their paths split up due to the pandemic. Returning to Italy after the season cut short because of Covid, Margherita has embarked on a path with the national team while Federica continues to compete for FIU while she undertakes a prestigious master in engineering. Today we propose something different, an interview made by Margherita to her ex-partner Federica.
Your path was different than the initial plans. First you started the University in Italy, then the decision to go to Florida. What made you change your mind? "Playing beach volleyball at high levels while also attending the engineering school was almost impractical in Italy. Ours is a country with many advantages but you are either a student or an athlete. An aspect that does not facilitate players who have academic ambitions as well. In America, on the other hand, I can be a student-athlete. I am happy that I took the decision to leave and if I had to go back I would do it again. Not only do I have the opportunity to study, but I also travel around the US and play on the beaches populated by the best AVP players!"
What enviroment did you find at FIU? Obviously, in this question you will have to mention me! "The environment was immediately very welcoming, you could feel how big the opportunity was and the people immediately trusted me. Margherita has been in the US for a year already and she helped me settle and laugh in the most difficult moments (I told you she would mention me!) Miami is an incredible city, an incredible mix of different cultures. Also for this reason I have never felt excluded. It is a city that welcomes anyone."
Engineerin studies - that's why I let you do the pre-game tactics! - why this choice and what would you like to do professionally once you have finished your studies? "Since I was a child I had a certain affinity with scientific subjects and over time I realized that engineering was my path, a sort of vocation. I have always had the desire to be part of something that went beyond the idea of the individual, I wanted to make a profession that would allow me to make a contribution to the community. For this reason I like construction engineering so much, I would like to build roads and bridges to connect people."
Let's take a step back, when did you start thinking about wanting to study in the United States What support did Sportlinx360 give you? "For me the process to go to the US was very quick because I decided relatively late. Fortunately, Sportlinx360 helped me with all the documents I had to provide to leave. Other girls usually come up with the idea of going to college in the US during high school. Instead, I decided during my first year of University in Italy."
To finish, your sister also plays beach volleyball. Besides from the fact that I am sad not to be your blood sister, what is it like to play with her? "I started volleyball thanks to my sister because as a child I always went to watch her. But it is thanks to me that she started playing beach volleyball! Playing with her is wonderful, we are very close but this thing brings us together even more. She currently plays for a club in Rome"
FIU is currently placed thirteenth in the provisional ranking drawn up by the NCAA. One of the best beach volleyball universities in America. The panthers have an overall record of 6 wins, including one against a very good team such as Stetson, and 4 losses'.