Melissa played both indoor and beach volleyball at the collegiate level, graduating from the University of Utah in 2018 with a Master's in Educational Leadership and Policy. She continues to play professionally on the beach competing for Team USA on the FIVB World Tour & the NORCECA FIVB Tour. Originally from Provo, Utah, her parents were both professional volleyball players in Brazil. Her heritage informed the name of her brand, Melpraia ("praia" means "beach" in Portuguese), through which she sells merchandise featuring her logo, "You Can't Suck Forever." She resides in Huntington Beach with her husband, Riggs, but they will spend the next six months or so in her father's beach hometown outside São Paulo where she will compete on the CBV Brazilian Professional Beach Volleyball Circuit.
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