October 20, 2008 - by

Chatting with Jenna Romanelli

Oct. 20, 2008





What are your favorite activities on and off the court?
On the court I like to bring a lot of energy and get the team going. Where I am from I like to go in the water and go on the boat and here I like to lie in the sun and relax and watch TV.

What is your favorite TV show?
Friends. I watch it all the time. I have all ten seasons.

What is your favorite music to listen to?
A mix of anything except for hardcore head banging music. I like a mixture of country, hip-hop, and rap. Rap gets me pumped up for games. I also like the The Fray and All American Rejects.

Have you recently been to any concerts?
I went to Carrie Underwood here last year. I was on the floor right next to her which was really cool. She is a good performer.

What’s your fondest memory playing for the team?
Last year I started in the beginning in the season, and then got beat out by a sophomore. Then I started again in the middle of the season and we played UNC up in North Carolina. Before we played six games on the road and haven’t won a single game. Then we took them to five and I played the entire match. We won that game. So far that would be my fondest memory. I am hoping to have more this year such as going to the NCAA tournament.

What made you choose to attend FSU?
Both my parents went here and both my older sisters went here, so I have been coming to football games and coming to the school since I was four years old. Not that I didn’t have another choice I just didn’t want another choice. I didn’t apply to any other school. I have been here my whole life. I love it.

What made you choose Exercise Science as your major and what do you love about it the most?
I am just declaring a double major, so I am going to be dietetics also. I’ve been an athlete my entire life so I really like to work out and I like to stay in shape. What I want to do when I get older is open my own practice and work with clients on their nutrition and training.

If you could go on a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I would go to Italy. I have a big Italian family and would go to where my grandfather was from. I really want to go to Rome.

Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
Brody Jenner.

Who is your biggest hero? What qualities about him/ her do you admire?
My dad is a really hard working man. He was always my backbone telling me I could do it when it came to playing Volleyball. I would also say my high school coach, she is a really great woman. She coached for thirty-nine years. I always loved to play volleyball but she made me love the sport even more. She pushed me do things I’d never done. My senior year we won 18 state championships so she helped me really love the sport.

What is your biggest career high playing volleyball at FSU?
This year I have played in every single game. As a whole that would be my biggest career high.

What are your expectations for the remainder of the season?
They are very high. We want to be ACC champions and go to the tournament. We have a new coaching staff and there is still a lot to play.

What is your idea of the perfect date?
I am a really simple person. I don’t really like extravagant things. I would say take me to a nice dinner. Not to dressy where I can wear jeans and a shirt. Something like Bonefish Grill.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
I would like to have kids and a family, living back in South Florida.

What’s your most prized possession?
My gold medal from when my team won the state volleyball championship in high school.

What is your biggest fear?
Failure, not reaching my fullest potential and going below what I can do.

What opponents are you looking forward to play the most?
Well we already played Duke, Clemson and Georgia Tech and we lost all three. Those teams are going to be our biggest challenge. Also Virginia Tech, they are undefeated right now in the conference.

How do you find time to balance school, social life, and the volleyball team?
Time management. I don’t get stressed a lot. When I come to practice and walk in the locker room I get dressed and I know the only thing that I am focusing on right then and there is practice. I can’t do anything about the homework; I know have to do that each night and sometimes going out with my friends has to wait. Focusing where you are at the time and do not procrastinate.

Any words of advice to young girls who want to play volleyball?
To keep pushing and never give up on it. They told me no here but I kept pushing and trying. I would just say to never give up on your dream.

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