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Off The Court With: Yarimar Rosa

The FIU volleyball team (13-4) is off to the best start in school history and one reason has been the play Yrosa of two-time All-American Yarimar Rosa, who with 2 Sun Belt Player of the Week Awards this season now holds the Sun Belt's all-time record for Player of the Week awards with 8. The Golden Panthers try to improve their 13-4 record this weekend with home SBC matches against Denver (Fri. 7 p.m.) and North Texas (Sun., 1 p.m.).

During a recent FIU volleyball practice that YR sat out of because of shin splints, the GPP learned in a Spanish interview with the Puerto Rico native about the Treasure of the Sea, that there is a form of trash-talking in volleyball and what Rosa's favorite rosa is. . . .

GPP: You are the 1st two-time All-American at FIU what does that mean to you?

YR: I was surprised to have won it two years in a row. I was surprised to have won it the second time, because it is a difficult honor to achieve. When you’re a freshman you don’t really expect it. But to win it as a sophomore was tougher, because I had to maintain my level of play. I’m proud of my teammates, because they helped me achieved this. It’s something I’m very proud of and I’m proud to have accomplished this at FIU and to represent Puerto Rico here in the United States.Yr_4

                                                                                                                                                       

GPP: What is something the casual sports fan does not realize about volleyball?

                                                                                                                                                       

YR: I think people don’t realize how many times a player intends to hit the ball. For example, the difference in the amount of points I get and another player gets. Since I’m in a position to receive most of the kill opportunities, I have more of an opportunity to get more kills than another player. Some times people say “Yari, you got a lot of kills and another player did not”. But what people fail to realize is that maybe I got 50 chances and the other girl got 20 chances so I had more chances to get more points.

                                                                                                                                                         

GPP: Where does your name Yarimar come from?

                                                                                                                                                       

TcCoral_2 YR: Yarimar means “treasure of the sea”. My mother loves everything about the sea. My sister is called Coral Del Mar. I’m the younger one. So I’m the treasure and my sister is the coral reef.

                                                                                                                                                       

GPP: So is your mother’s name? Boat Del Mar?

                                                                                                                                                       

YR: (Laughs) No, no. It’s Ivonne.

                                                                                                                                                         

GPP: In a lot of the men’s sports there's trash-talking going on. Is there trash-talking in volleyball?

                                                                                                                                                       

YR: It’s not so much as talking trash, because the officials will stop that. But there are definitely trash looks and trash attitudes. And you easily recognize it and that gets you fired up and raises the level of intensity in each game. Because when you get one of those looks, you say “No, don’t bring that here”. I like it when the opponents do that, because I see it as a challenge.

                                                                                                                                                      

GPP: In other sports, a lot of the opposing fans get into it with the visiting team's players. Do volleyballGator  fans heckle opposing players? What’s the weirdest thing an opposing fan has said to you?

                                                                                                                                                         

YR: We were in Fairmont a few weeks ago. All the fans were screaming at us and one fan was saying “Yarimar, how do you say Gatorade in Puerto Rico?” Or when I made an error on the court the fans will say “Yarimar, what happened? We know you’re perfect?” And since it’s a small court you can hear everything. But you have to laugh at it and keep playing.

                                                                                                                                                         

GPP: If they make a movie about your life, who would play the lead role of Yarimar Rosa?

                                                                                                                                                      

Cd_3 YR: I enjoy Cameron Diaz’s work. I would like for her to play the role of me in a movie.

                                                                                                                                                       

GPP: Puerto Rico has had many great athletes, but who is the best athlete ever to come out of the island?

                            

YR: I would say Pecky Soto, who is a male volleyball player. He holds the national record in kills per game in Puerto Rico. He’s a great player and the most important thing is he’s very humble. That’s admirable, because a lot of people when they attain success they forget where they came from and that’s important.

                                                                                                                                                      

GPP: You’ve been in Miami now for 3 years. What was the first thing you noticed about Miami that let you know you’re no longer in Puerto Rico?

                                                                                                                                                       

YR: Puerto Rico is a lot smaller and everyone knows everyone else. Wherever you go you get to meet Pr new people and that’s something you miss about Puerto Rico. Here Miami is so big that you can go somewhere and not meet anyone. You don’t have the familiarity in Miami that you have in Puerto Rico. That familiarity that you have in Puerto Rico is unique.

                                                                                                                                                         

GPP: You’re a business major. If money was not an issue and what business would you start?

                                                                                                                                                      

YR: I would start a foundation that would go around the world and help people that have suffered such as the people who were hit by the tsunami. It would be a beautiful opportunity to help out those people Rose if I had the resources.

                                                                                                                                                       

GPP: Your last name translates to rose in English. What’s your favorite rose?

                                                                                                                                                         

YR: I would say white, because it’s elegant and it’s different.

                                                                                                                            

Logo GOLDEN PANTHER PAWSE

                                                                                                                                  

Thought we could use a little break from the "my school's cafeteria is bigger than your school's cafeteria".

                                                                                                                                    

The FIU volleyball team has been probably the most successful program at FIU in the last 4 years and YR is probably headed for a 3rd straight All-American honor.

                                                                                                                                                                        

A little soccer news today: MLS to FIU

                                                                                                                                                         

Panther Pass is up and running and will broadcast Saturday's game vs. Middle Tennessee for you out-of-towners. We will also have a LIVE GPP Blog on Saturday night.

                                                                                                                                                      

Will be back on here with football Thursday, busy day today. Check out the MH on Thursday to find out why.

                                                                                                                                                         

A different kind of futbol poll question:

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Quijote: Pete,

When do you think we can look forward to an FIU basketball preview?
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About early November.

MLS to FIU! WOW,

Pete, what are your thought on what the extra revenue can do for our stadium/team?

Also, congrats Yarimar Rosa on your accomplishment. Thank you for representing our university so well and best of luck with the remainer of your season.

Gold: Pete, what are your thought on what the extra revenue can do for our stadium/team?
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If this happens, these people involved (FC Barcelona and Marcelo Claure) have deep pockets and it would not surprise -- if the MLS takes off in Miami -- to see these people sink some $$ into FIU.

The soccer stadium by the OB is not likely going to happen. MLS to FIU will help FIU both with $$ and worldwide exposure.

Yarimar, you are a source of much pride for all FIU fans, students and alumni. Congrats on your continued success and KEEP DOMINATING!

Pete, how many home games left for the volleyball team? Want to take my two boys and check the team!

GO FIU!!!

Ultimate FIU Fan: Pete, how many home games left for the volleyball team? Want to take my two boys and check the team!
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8 regular season home games left. Plus, FIU hosts the Sun Belt Volleyball Championships this season. You can get the exact dates for the games on fiusports.com on the team's volleyball page.

Damn Pete, you couldn't get some more candid pics of her, what kind of investigative journalist are you? lol.

candid pics? haha. wow. But in all seriousness she is really pretty. But i dunno about any candid pics. Im sure Pete doesnt want any peeping Pete charges against him.

With the news on Cedrick Mack once again not being cleared to play this week, I think he should definitely redshirt. Even if he were to play every game the rest of his career, he would have lost 25% of his D-1 eligibility.

Pete, can you explain the redshirt rules, including medical redshirts? Does Cedrick have the final say in whether he redshirts, or do the coaches? How many players can redshirt in a given year? What is the amount of playing time in a season that automatically disqualifies a player from redshirting?

Seems like there are quite a few non-freshman players who we could potentially redshirt this year, including: Cedrick Mack, Colt Anderson, Kendall Berry, Chris Cook, Devin Parrish, Javon Hill, Jason Frierson, and Ash Parker.

I would love to have those guys preserve a year of eligibility.

Great interview Pete. It's great learning things about FIU's student-athletes. Congratulation to Yarimar for her accomplishments!!!

It's exciting to hear about MLS playing at FIU. MLS failed in Miami because the "Miami" Fusions were playing in "Ft. Lauderdale". I'm actually excited to go watch professional soccer at our stadium. Great job PG!!!

GO FIU!!!

Pete, great article on T.Y. "Goodbye" Hilton. That's amazing how people want that jersey, including me. Question, did you speak to T.Y. and asked him if he likes that nickname? It seems his parents do. Thanks in advance.

GO FIU!!

pete really good article for TY and hearing about barcelona might come and place an expantion team here would be great

FIU has a very informative page on all football ticket promotions on its website with a link shown on the FRONT PAGE of fiu.edu....good job FIU!!! Finally!!!

http://wordpress.fiu.edu/news/2008/10/06/two-in-a-row/

Students

All students can currently get complimentary admission to the games. Through the end of the season, you’ll also be given 1 free companion admission per game. Just show up to the stadium at Gate 5 on game day with your guest and your valid Student ID.

Alumni

Lifetime members of the Alumni Association may request up to 6 complimentary tickets. (RSVP required)
Annual members of the Alumni Association may request up to 4 complimentary tickets. (RSVP required)
FIU graduates who are not members of the Alumni Association may request 2 complimentary tickets. (RSVP required)
To reserve your complimentary tickets, you must RSVP by phone to 305-348-3334 or via email to alumni@fiu.edu (office hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., email must be received by Oct. 10, noon). Please leave full name of person, email address, member ID# (if applicable), and number of tickets needed.
All tickets must be picked up at the Panther Pit Tailgate on the north side of the stadium starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. No tickets will be mailed.

Faculty/Staff

Tickets only $1. Faculty/staff can purchase their tickets at the FIU Arena Box Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
University Park: Wednesday, Oct. 8, a ticket distribution table will be set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Graham Center. The Faculty Club will also have a ticket distribution table set up on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 9, from noon-2 p.m.
Biscayne Bay Campus: Tuesday, Oct. 7, a ticket distribution table will be set up in Panther Square from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cash only for all sales. FIU ID required when purchasing tickets. (Up to 10 tickets per FIU ID)
A faculty/staff tailgate tent will be located next to the alumni tent (on the north side of the stadium) offering free hot dogs and soda before the game. One meal per ticket while supplies last.

First off....Great story on Yarimar Rosa....I'm very proud of her and her accomplishments as well. The fact she represents so well FIU, and Puerto Rico warms my heart. Hope you keep doing well on the court and outside of it, Yari!

Now, that T.Y. Hilton article was great....Interesting that it has reached the Athletic Department...that "Goodbye" nickname spoken here, and that they might make something out of it...Pretty Cool.

Even more interesting news with the FC Barcelona getting involved to bring MLS Soccer into FIU Stadium. Wow.....Besides, as Pete says...the Worldwide publicity FIU and its campus would generate, the $$$$ would certainly be well received by FIU...Where would that money go withing athletics?...Soccer?...Football?...paying off the Stadium Bonds?...or the Athletics General Fund?

As you guys may have noticed, this blog has become the Think Tank for FIU Sports. Alot of the ideas that come out of here, make it to admistration and get implement!

Glad we got this blog going!

We Are.
The Pride.

Go Panthers

FIU Fanatic, good points indeed. That would also be great for FIU's soccer program, which nobody seems to care much for despite its relative success.

Imagine being part of a soccer program whose very same university plays host to a MLS league. Could do wonders for recruitment and also would give much needed attention to that department. Our FIU Soccer program could eventually morph into a feeding program for MLS!

Speaking of the men's soccer team... Big win over UCF last night. If that offense wakes up, watch out...

Two Days until the Blue Raiders invade the Cage. I know everybodies feeling a bit giddy around here of late but all it takes is one loss to send our spirits into the dumper. Let's focus on rocking the Cage come Saturday night.

Go Panthers !!!

p.s. nice 1/2 page photo of T.Y. on the cover of the Herald sports section. Thanks Herald.

FIUer: Damn Pete, you couldn't get some more candid pics of her, what kind of investigative journalist are you?
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Let's keep it classy, just like the person and player Yarimar is.

SouthPaw: Pete, can you explain the redshirt rules, including medical redshirts? Does Cedrick have the final say in whether he redshirts, or do the coaches? How many players can redshirt in a given year? What is the amount of playing time in a season that automatically disqualifies a player from redshirting?

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According to the NCAA, once you play one down, you cannot redshirt. You can medical redshirt if you play in less than 25 percent of your team's games, so Ash Parker would be eligible since he went down in the KU game. CM has not been cleared. Once he joins FIU he would start as a junior since he has not played a down. You can't redshirt if you're not on a team. He likely will not play for FIU this season and hopefully join the team for spring practice.

FIUJM: Pete, great article on T.Y. "Goodbye" Hilton. That's amazing how people want that jersey, including me. Question, did you speak to T.Y. and asked him if he likes that nickname? It seems his parents do.
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First of all, props to TheChampionUnderdog for the nickname. Thanks on the article.

I asked T.Y. about the nickname and he just smiled and said he likes it. He's a very humble kid, with NO big T.O. or Ocho-cinco ego.

His parents love it and get a kick when fans sitting around them in the stands talk about their son and his nickname.

pete,

awesome article on TY! i was so shocked this morning when i saw on the front page "say hello to 'goodbye'"

good to see my brainchild has taken off..... hopefully it will also be his legs that continue to take off come saturday.

lets go panthers! lets get it done!

pete,

awesome article on TY! i was so shocked this morning when i saw on the front page "say hello to 'goodbye'"

good to see my brainchild has taken off..... hopefully it will also be his legs that continue to take off come saturday.

lets go panthers! lets get it done!

Here is my prediction for this weekend, I am feeling a big, huge, WIN
FIU - 19
MTS - 14

FIU 20 MTSU 10

Man Law!

im having a hard time calling this game.. at the begining of the season had a bet goin w/ a family member predicting UF, FIU, and UM's records.. and to this point ive only been dead on with FIU.. but i never counted on the way FIU has been playing nor how MTSU has been playing.. so im struggling to pick the game

I like T.Y. Goodbye, but I'll throw another nickname out there for Mr. Hilton--Total Yards. Total Yards Hilton. He's #26 in the country right now in all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, kick returning).

If FIU comes out looking to avenge last year's embarrassing 47-6 beating, we get the W. FIU 24 MTSU 20.

Pete, just heard you on 790 The Ticket!!! Are you on that show often? Please let us know in advance when you're on the radio, so that GPP can hear what you have to say. Great job of informing the audience of FIU!!!

790 The Ticket has the best FIU coverage, we need to support them so they keep talking about FIU!!!

GO FIU!!!

790's the best. sooo much better than 560. i hate joe rose and most everyone else on that station. Although I have to admit Im not too fond of Jorge Sedano. His voice is annoying and he's really confrontational with the callers. But Im either in class or at work during his time slot so Im spared from listening to him.

Pete I was whining about lack of herald coverage the other day so I have to say thank you for today's nice tid bit. It was nice to finally see a front page spread about FIU. but we have to win again this weekend. keep it going. We have the cheese in our possession and we cant let it go bad. Dont let MTSU come in and ruin our hard earned cheese. Im predicting:

FIU- 26
MTSU-24 IN OVERTIME.

We at miamisoccerfan.com are very excited about our chance to get MLS in Miami in 2011.We know it will be successful. Vamos FC Barcelona/Brightstar Corp.

MLS at FIU great news I hope it happen.I know I will buy season tickets.

MLS welcome to FIU I excited and will buy season tickets.

It will be great to see MLS in Miami. I am for it 100%. I will buy season tickets for sure.

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