In 2015, Victoria walked-on to the #1 ranked team in the nation. Despite low expectations, Victoria became a starter, playing in all 36 matches her true freshman year, and would appear in all 136 matches the team played during her four years. Victoria's volleyball career at USC consisted of a Pac-12 Conference Championship, two Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mentions, two seasons serving as co-captain, two USC Best Passer/Digger awards, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, and finishing 1st in the Pac-12 conference with the most total digs as a senior. Victoria finished her career with the top 5 most digs in program history.
Despite a successful career on the surface, the high-pressure environment of
collegiate athletics took a toll on Victoria's mental health. She first began sharing her story of how
she battled and overcame depression and performance anxiety as a student-athlete in her 2017 TED Talk, The Hidden Opponent, which has been viewed over 260,000 times. Victoria now tours the country as a public speaker, sharing her experiences with mental health and body-image issues at universities, college campuses, high schools, and conferences alike. In her honest and vulnerable talks, Victoria shares her journey through the demanding lifestyle of collegiate athletics, revealing the affect this stress took on her mental health, and the path she
walked to find healing and strength.
Victoria has developed a very strong online presence. Her social platforms on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok center around mental health, body-image, and her authenticity movement #RealPost, which promotes unedited pictures. She has amassed a combined following of over 300,000 people who follow and support her message.
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THE HIDDEN OPPONENT
In 2019 Victoria founded The Hidden Opponent, an organization created to raise awareness for student-athlete mental health. The voices and stories of student-athletes are shared through this community in hopes of de-stigmatizing mental health and uniting players all over the world through the shared struggles, challenges, and heartbreak of sport. The Hidden Opponent is a proud partner of Kobe Bryant's recent book, "Geese Are Never Swans."