By John Frierson Employees WriterAlina Sendar is a great distance from dwelling, but the Georgia ladies’s basketball freshman from Amsterdam has felt snug and welcomed ever since she left the Netherlands for Athens this summer time.Leaving dwelling for basketball is nothing new for the 5-foot-11 guard, who has traveled rather a lot whereas taking part in with the Netherlands nationwide staff through the years. Throughout a current Fast Chat, shortly earlier than suiting up for the Girl Bulldogs for the primary time, Sendar talked about coming to Georgia, her begin in basketball, her first soccer recreation, and far more.Here is a few of what she needed to say:Frierson: How are you feeling now that you are a few months into school and about to begin your first season?Sendar: I positively really feel at dwelling. The individuals over listed here are like household, so it has been good.Frierson: How outdated have been you while you first began taking part in basketball? What drew you to the sport?Sendar: I used to be 4 years outdated after I began to play basketball. Each of my dad and mom performed basketball they usually sort of pushed me into the game.Frierson: When did you understand not solely that you simply preferred taking part in the sport however that you simply have been good at it, too?Sendar: After I first began to consider basketball as a sport that I actually loved and was good at it was after I began to play with the boys. I would already performed virtually my whole life, from after I was youthful till I used to be about 13, after I realized that I may go additional with it.After I was 14, I moved to Amsterdam to play basketball for an academy. It was whereas I used to be over there that I noticed I wished to go to school and play basketball within the States.Frierson: What was it prefer to play on the Netherlands nationwide staff and play to your nation at some huge tournaments?Sendar: That has been nice. Enjoying within the European Championships and at different tournaments round Europe, they have been nice experiences and an ideal likelihood to see how individuals in different international locations play.Frierson: What was your favourite place that you simply visited whereas taking part in for the nationwide staff? Is there one you wish to return to and go to once more sooner or later?Sendar: I feel possibly Italy. We had a event in Italy and I actually preferred the nation. I would like to return there in some unspecified time in the future.Frierson: When did you first go to america?Sendar: It was solely a few months in the past. As a result of I could not do an official go to due to Covid, so I would by no means visited the campus earlier than I got here right here in July. That was the primary time I would ever been to the States.Frierson: Wow. Have been you nervous about shifting to a rustic that you simply’d by no means been to earlier than?Sendar: I used to be very nervous, yeah, particularly as a result of I got here a month later (than the opposite freshmen). I used to be like, Oh, how’s it going to be? I am coming right here with all of those folks that I’ve by no means seen earlier than in my life. However all the pieces turned out nice.Frierson: Have you ever been to a Georgia soccer recreation but?Sendar: Yeah, I’ve been. That was loopy. We do not have the game of soccer again dwelling so experiencing that and seeing how so many individuals are going to the video games, it was fairly loopy.Frierson: Clearly European soccer is big, and the Netherlands normally has an excellent males’s nationwide staff. Had you ever been in a crowd near the dimensions of the one at Sanford Stadium?Sendar: No, it was the primary time. It was lots of enjoyable.Frierson: We simply had Halloween right here not too long ago. Do you all do Halloween in Amsterdam or was this a very bizarre factor taking place round you that you simply did not perceive?Sendar: We learn about Halloween and stuff however it’s not a factor the place lots of people go trick-or-treating or have lots of events. It is not likely like that again dwelling, so this was actually totally different. However I did like seeing the entire individuals dressed up and stuff.Frierson: What’s your early impression of American meals?Sendar: It is totally different. There’s lots of quick meals right here that I’ve by no means heard of earlier than, so there have been lots of new experiences for me. I positively needed to alter as a result of it is not the meals that I am used to, however it’s been high quality.Frierson: Who’s the funniest particular person on the staff?Sendar: I’d say that everyone is humorous, but when I needed to decide one … Jordan (Isaacs) is humorous, Kimmy (Kimora Jenkins) is humorous, Que (Morrison) is humorous. We have now lots of actually humorous gamers.Frierson: What was it like lastly assembly your whole new teammates face-to-face for the primary time?Sendar: It has been nice. They’ve welcomed me in with such open arms they usually’ve been so good to me. It has been actually nice.Frierson: In the event you may play with anybody in historical past, who would it not be?Sendar: I’d play with Candace Parker. I like how she performs and the way she is as an individual. She looks as if somebody that it might be nice to play with and be taught from.(This Q&A was frivolously edited for size and readability.)Assistant Sports activities Communications Director John Frierson is the workers author for the UGA Athletic Affiliation and curator of the ITA Males’s Tennis Corridor of Fame. You could find his work at: Frierson Recordsdata. He is additionally on Twitter: @FriersonFiles and @ITAHallofFame.