UVA volleyball player sings national anthem at Final Four

MINNEAPOLIS (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia volleyball player Milla Ciprian took her talents from Memorial Gymnasium to U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night to sing the national anthem at the Final Four game.

The sophomore volleyball player is one of four student-athletes chosen to represent each of the Final Four teams. Ciprian says her coach, Aaron Smith, called her with the opportunity and after sending an audition tape, she got the call of a lifetime.

"I'm not going to lie, I got jitters," Ciprian said. "I was in an emotion of disbelief, I had much disbelief."

Not even Milla's parents believed her when she called with the news.

"I called my mom, it was on April Fool's actually, they thought it was a joke," Ciprian said. "They thought I was fooling them, 'Hey you're funny,' I was like mom I can't come up with things like that."

She says her and the three other student-athletes only had a day to put things together, but feel confident now even though she's never sung the national anthem in front of anyone before.

"I actually have never sung the national anthem in front of a crowd before, so this is definitely something new, it's kind of me overcoming a fear," Ciprian said.

But now in front of a crowd of more than 72,000, Milla's never felt more confident in her abilities.

"I was amazed at the size of this place and then I was like I got this handled," Ciprian said. "I'm going to practice, I'm going to work hard and just feel good, I feel good now, I feel confident."



 
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