Tanya’s passion and love is volleyball. She began her journey as a high jumper during her early years at USC but had a strong desire to pursue volleyball. She was the MVP, All State, and Female Athlete of the Year on the LA Pierce College women's volleyball team. In addition she lead Cal State Los Angles to their first final 4 bid, being named MVP of Offense, Most Inspirational Player, All Region, and All conference.
Tanya was an alternate for the USA World University Games team and captain of the Panamanian National beach volleyball team, earning a silver medal in Olympic Qualification. Since then, Tanya can be seen working out at Hermosa Beach and competing at a high level across the US.