Hispanic Heritage Runs Strong in Canes Volleyball Trio
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Heritage and family have shaped who Alanys Viera, Priscilla Hernandez and Yaidaliz Rosado are today.
When the trio takes the court Friday night, it will hit close to home as they will not only be representing the University of Miami, but also their heritage. [RV] Miami (14-2, 5-1 ACC) welcomes No.4-ranked Pitt (15-1, 5-1 ACC) to the Knight Sports Complex for Hispanic Heritage Night at 7 p.m.
Rosado and Viera, both born in Puerto Rico, know just how important this night is and what it represents.
“Having these nights is huge because it brings awareness to others,” said Rosado. “Personally, it is night to have a little reminder that this is bigger than myself since I represent my whole community.”
Added Viera, “It is important to honor our Hispanic heritage, the history and countless contributions Latinos have made to the world.”
When she looks in the stands during the match, Hernandez will see the family and friends who come out to support her. It serves as a reminder of where she comes from and just how important family is in life.
“It is always great to represent my roots,” said Hernandez. “I know my grandparents worked really hard to get to where we are now, so to be able to play here at the University of Miami in front of my whole family is a great honor. Family is everything to me. Without my family I wouldn’t be anywhere right now. I am the person I am because of my family.”
While Rosado, Viera and Hernandez get to represent the Hispanic community at a high level, they get the unique experience to also play for a Hispanic coach. Head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara, like Rosado, is a native of Puerto Rico.
“Having a head coach who comes from the same culture as myself is great,” Rosado added. “It’s comforting to know that I am working with someone who understands my culture. It makes things a little bit easier for me to adapt.”
“It is an amazing and unique experience to play for a coach that understands and values the Hispanic culture,” added Viera. “This was important to me on the recruiting process.”
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