Senior Cynthia Javaras and the Virginia softball team conclude conference play this weekend with a three-game series at NC State. The Cavaliers and Wolfpack will meet for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and conclude the series at 12 p.m. Sunday. Javaras, a native of Princeton, Mass., recently caught up with VirginiaSports.com to talk about senior day, her career at UVa and her future plans.
Question: What was senior day (last weekend vs. Georgia Tech) like for you?
Javaras: It was just really nice. Everyone really came together after Alexa's (Martinez) accident on Friday night. They really put a lot of effort into our posters and gifts. Everybody just made it really special. It was awesome to finally be a part of that after four years.
Question: What are you looking to do when you play against NC State this weekend?
Javaras: Obviously, this weekend is very important for the tournament seeding. It would be good for us to just go in with some momentum for the ACC tournament. I think it will be a good weekend for us.
Question: How would you describe the last four years?
Javaras: Overall, it has been a great experience. I have learned so much -- not only about the game -- but so many things off the field: important life lessons, hard work, what it takes to be part of a team, just really important stuff that I don't think I would have learned if I weren't a student-athlete here. It has been a pretty cool experience I must say.
Question: What is the moment that has stood out to you the most?
Javaras: I would say NCAA regionals (in 2010) was the team highlight of our four years. Personally, the Virginia Tech comeback win (a 6-5 win in the bottom of the seventh on April 16) was an awesome experience to be a part of.
Question: What are your plans after graduation?
Javaras: I will be staying in town for one more year. I will be taking drawing and painting classes, and hopefully going to art school in the next couple of years. Next year, I am just hoping to expand my portfolio a little more and see what the options are. I don't know if I really have a dream job yet. I am just trying to figure out what I am passionate about, and art is definitely one of those things, besides sports.
Question: What was your favorite class at UVa?
Javaras: My sports psychology class. It is a lot of stuff we can apply to our daily life being a student-athlete and goal-setting. You just learn a lot of ins and outs about sports and life in general. There are a lot of important things you learn in that class.
Question: What do you like to do for fun?
Javaras: Mainly just hang out with the team - around the fire pit at our house and talking, being outside would be the number one thing for fun.
Question: What advice would you give to future Virginia softball players?
Javaras: Hard work does pay off. Commitment is the most important thing you can bring to the program. I think that above anything is something that people respect the most. Hard work is what we're built on.
Question: How do you feel about being part of building this program?
Javaras: I wouldn't want it any other way. Coming in it has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but being able to know where their program has come from and be able to see it grow in the past couple of years has been exciting.