Ciara Michel took up volleyball as an after-school activity after the other options – football and cheerleading – failed to prove appealing.
She trained and studied at the University of Miami between 2004 and 2007 and served as the team captain in her last year.
After Miami, Michel went to Australia for postgraduate study at the University of Melbourne, where she also played.
While playing for the university she was noticed by her current club, Alemannia Aachen.
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