Briana Marinas, Waianae's Volleyball 'Killer'...
senior outside hitter Briana Marinas was named OIA West Player of the
Year..... (headline, Honolulu Advertiser, 2001)
like every time you picked up a sports section last volleyball season
you saw her name... Briana Marinas, Volleyball sensation out of Waianae
High School. She racked up some huge numbers this year for the
Searider girl's volleyball team, earning the honor of OIA western player
of the year. This was her last year as a high school player, and
she is looking forward to continuing her fantastic athletic career at
the next level. Let's meet her!
Hawaii411: To start off, please introduce yourself!
Briana: My name is Briana Marinas. I love to play sports especially
volleyball, my special talent. I'm from Waianae High
School and grew up in Wai'anae. I come from a big family of 7 children
and am the youngest. My brothers and sisters are named Bernard,
Brandon, Brandy, Brian, Brady, Brooke and me, Briana.
Hawaii411: What other sports do you play besides volleyball?
Briana: I also play basketball, run track and weight lift.
Hawaii411: When were you introduced to Volleyball?
Briana: I started to play v-ball at the age of 9, competitive ball with
my family in different tournaments. My most vivid
memory of playing v-ball when I was a kid was the fun that I had with my
friends because our team was very good.
Hawaii411: Were you always an outstanding player or did you grow into
Briana: I played high school ball all 4 of my years. I played varsity
ball for 3 years because for my freshmen year I wasn't too sure about
it, so I stood down to J.V. We kicked some butt to become west
division champs. I was always an outstanding player and have received
awards and all stars every year.
Hawaii411: What is your greatest skill/asset as a player? Are you a
natural or was it learned?
Briana: Well, I'm known as the "killer" on the west coast
because of my powerful hits and jumpserves. So I guess that it could be
my hitting and serving. I can honestly say that I'm a natural born
Hawaii411: How often do you practice (both team practice and on your
own) and what do you like to work on when you practice on your own (run,
Briana: I practice every day from Monday thru Friday, running, lifting
weights and doing jumpsoles to increase my vertical. I stay in physical
shape because I feel I have to, it's very important to me to stay
physically active year round.
Hawaii411: What is the weirdest successful training technique you
have ever tried?
Briana: I've always liked "jumping around" or fast agility
exercises and drills. They kill you, but hey, it works!!
Hawaii411: What one word describes the secret of your success?
Briana: It's all about "DETERMINATION" to me.
Hawaii411: What do you do in your spare time when you aren't on the
Briana: Oh, I love to read and eat. Eat, eat and eat. And you wonder how
I stay so skinny? Beats me!!
Hawaii411: How are you doing academically?
Briana: My grades are one thing that I do not let down. I'm a
hardworking student in school and goes for what I believe in. I set
goals and try my best to achieve them.
Hawaii411: What are your favorite subject in school?
Briana: My favorite subject is Math because i feel that's the only
subject that exercises my brain the most. It's a good feeling. But I
loooove my weight lifting class. It takes my mind off of my busy
everyday life. I just relax and sweat everything off for an hour
straight of pumping some iron.
Hawaii411: You have a ton of awards... List a few of them for us.
Briana: Well to start it off, I have a lot of awards for v-ball and
academics. My freshmen year I was M.V.P. for our v-ball team,
sophomore year I made second team all stars, junior year I made first
team all stars and second team all state and M.V.P. for varsity team,
then senior year I've made West Player of the Year, second team all
state, and first team all stars. I was also team captain for 4 years.
I've played for clubs off season and gone to junior national tournaments
in the states to compete. It was great experience for me and has taught
me a lot of ball skill.
Hawaii411: What advice would you give to an aspiring young volleyball
Briana: I would tell them to never give up, practice always makes
perfect, and always tell yourself "I need to learn more, so
Hawaii411: What do you want to major in? And what colleges are
you looking at?
Briana: I always wanted to major in business management. I'm fond of
being a business woman in the future. I have a broad range of colleges
but 2 in particular, U.C. Santa Barbara and U.H. Manoa.
Hawaii411: Do you have a role model?
Briana: To tell you the truth, I've never had a role model for sports.
But I had one always in my life, my mother.
Hawaii411: Ever spike someone in the head?
Briana: Do you think hitting people in their face is funny? I've done
that a lot while playing, "BUT NOT ON PURPOSE! IT'S ALL
ACCIDENTS!!" I felt sorry for it, but once you're on the other side
of the net, it's all about getting it on and playing some ball.
Hawaii411: What do you like best about being on the court?
Briana: On the court, it's all about the "adrenaline rush." I
love that feeling and I have it all the time that I step foot on the
411 conclusion: She's known as the killer (perhaps the rep is from
those head spiking 'accidents'?), and she does exactly that on the
volleyball court. What can we say about Briana? She's full
of personality, talent, drive, and motivation - prime ingredients for
success in athletics and academics. By pushing herself to be the
best she can possibly be, Briana has sharpened her natural talent to a
razor thin edge which she uses to slice through her opponents.
Hawaii411 hopes to see Briana playing for our own Rainbow Wahine
Volleyball team in the near future! Good Luck Briana!