Athlete of the Week: Hattie Gianinetti

In volleyball, or any sport for that matter, coaches look for a lot of things whether it is height or exceptional skill.

While Colorado Mesa Women's Volleyball’s Hattie Gianinetti possesses both, she has a quality that goes beyond just the boundaries of a volleyball court.

That is the ability to teach others.

That is why she is this week's athlete of the week.

Hattie Gianinetti is probably one of the most humble athletes you'll ever meet. This season she was selected to the all RMAC first team. But by her reaction you wouldn't even know it.

"I'm really grateful," Gianinetti says. "I'm really appreciative of that and i think that's a reflection of how good our team is overall."

Gianinetti led the Lady Mavs to the program's third straight NCAA tournament appearance.

She finished with the third most kills on the team averaging over two kills per set.

"She's kind of the salt-to-the earth type kid, head coach Dave Fleming says. "That's the kind of kid that you want to have in your program, in your community."

What makes Hattie special is her ability to help others. Gianinetti is majoring in elementary education with a concentration in social science. She hopes to be an elementary school teacher one day.

"I really enjoy working with kids. I like school and i like studying for school," Gianinetti says.

Hattie's always had the teaching gene. While she was in high school she mentored middle school kids in various subjects. The motivation to mold young minds has stuck with her ever since.

“She's going to be a great teacher," Fleming says. "She's worked with us in camps. I'm a father myself and I would not hesitate at all to send to her classroom."

Ultimately Gianinetti wants to be a school administrator and work on policy for education. She attributes the year's volleyball to helping in her career pursuit.

"Teachers have to work really hard everyday," Gianinetti says. "And it's like counting on those little successes which is kind of relevant to volleyball and working everyday."

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