Setter Niverka Marte believes in communication
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 8, 2020 – Good
communication is one of the most indispensable tools for a
setter to be successful in the game of volleyball, so Dominican
Niverka Marte has taken it very seriously ... literally.
The 29-year old setter of the Dominican Republic Women’s Team
easily qualifies as a polyglot since in addition to her native
Spanish, she is fluent in English and Portuguese and has reached
a medium level in French and Italian.
“I can communicate with people in different languages but in the
court there is a different kind of communication, and only one
language. I mean understanding people’s minds and making sure we
are all on the same page,” Marte said. “Eye to eye goes along
with body language also.”
Marte’s volleyball career has been running in parallel with her
other career as a senior student of International Relations at
UBIS University of Business and International Studies in Geneve,
“I love diplomacy and also the academy for a career,” she
confesses, “but I also would like to manage my own business and
that’s something I’ve been thinking also.”
Even though setters regularly have long careers, Marte plans to
play two more years with her national team and then look for
other opportunities outside of the sport.
“I don’t see myself playing volleyball in my late 30’s as it
has been the case of many setters because, as time goes by, the
position becomes easier to handle combined with the fact that in
this game you never stop learning.”
A converted setter who started her volleyball career as a wing-spiker,
Marte was selected as best setter at the 2015 FIVB World Cup in
Japan. She has played in Peru, France and Turkey.
The 1.78 meters tall Marte was asked about the setter and
attacker she admired the most.
“The truth is that I don’t have a favorite setter or attacker as
I intend to learn from everyone. I really like the style of the
Asian setters but I also like some of the qualities of the
setters from other countries. I can’t point out one special who
I can say she is my favorite.”
Among the attackers, “Nive” says the ones who have called her
attention are those who not only are very good attacking but
also dominate other elements of the game like receiving and
“Ting Zhu of China and Kim Yeong of Korea are among that group,
mainly because they always keep very good attitude during the
game with the rest of their teammates,” she said.
What is she doing during this time of forced isolation due to
the pandemic Covid-19 and the impossibility to train with her
“Well the exercises I’m doing are those in the morning via Team
meeting and then in the afternoon I do some now and then, like
cardio and stuff like that. I always try to stay physically in
shape,” she responded.
“The inactivity is what affects me the most because I am used to
keep my body at a high performance level all the time. Not being
able to do that is very difficult. That’s the reason I keep
doing something to consume the energy I am used to.”