Athlete Spotlight: Leading off with Alyssa Gardea


Alyssa Gardea takes a swing during UConn’s victory over Bryant at the Burrill Family Field on Wednesday March 30, 2016. Gardea has started all 33 games this season. (Jason Jiang/The Daily Campus)

Senior center fielder Alyssa Gardea has played a major role for the UConn softball team so far this season. One of the team’s leading hitters, she has started all 33 games this season while carrying a .286 batting average along with 11 RBIs and has earned All-Conference weekly Honors twice. After sweeping Bryant, Gardea, a Corona, California native, was willing to talk about some off the field things.

Matt Barresi: What is your major?

Alyssa Gardea: I’m a Communications Major with an Entrepreneurship Minor

MB: Do you have a favorite pre-game meal?

AG: When we’re on the road in a hotel and its breakfast usually, like a continental breakfast, I always have to have a waffle.

MB: Do you have a favorite musical artist?

AG: I do but it varies. It’s like Trap genre music so it’s like Young Thug, Future, and Drake

MB: Were you excited for Fetty Wap being Spring Concert then?

AG:  Yes I enrolled for the lottery tickets I hope I won.

MB: What was your favorite class you’ve taken at UConn?

AG: I would definitely have to say Intro to Sports Management with Dr. Burton

MB: Twitter or Instagram?

AG: Instagram because, I don’t know, I just like seeing people’s lives and like words don’t really matter.

MB: Favorite TV show?

AG: Ok there’s a lot but the Kardashians, on Wednesday’s Empire, Thursdays Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder.

MB: I saw the team was playing Hacky Sack earlier. Who is the best Hacky Sack player on the team?

AG: Lexi Gifford. 

Matt Barresi is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at


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