Churchill High, Livonia, Mich.
Question: How did you get into volleyball?
Answer: I started playing my freshman year. For incoming ninth-graders, Coach (Mark) Grenier sent out these brochures about the team. A friend of mine played and we played in gym class and I thought it was fun. (After trying out) Coach Grenier said I could be really good and that I had a good future here, so I stuck with it.
Q: What other sports or activities are you interested in?
A: Volleyball is my main sport that I do and I play AAU for M-Juniors in the spring. I'm also doing track then. I throw and do the high jump.
Q: How does track and field compare to volleyball?
A: Track and field is a lot more laid back, while volleyball is a little flashier for me, because it's the sport I'm best at and the sport I like the most. I don't want to say that there's less pressure (in track) on me, but there is. I don't have to do it or anything, I just choose to.
Q: What little things do you do to prepare before a match?
A: Before I play, I usually have to deal with tendinitis, so I tend to ice a lot. I stretch, listen to my iPod a lot. I eat, but not too much. I might go to Subway, but keep it light. I try to stay calm and relaxed.
Q: What do you like/dislike about volleyball?
A: The thing I like the most is it's just fun to do, which is the reason I started playing. A lot of friends play and though it seems like I never get a break, I love to play it. It's hard to think of something I don't like, I love everything about it.
Q: Do you have a favorite book and/or movie?
A: I'm not much of a reader but I liked this book A Child Called It. I like a lot of movies. I like The Notebook and I also like Forrest Gump.
Q: What songs are on your iPod?
A: I listen to Two Step Remix by Unk and T-Pain. Bring 'Em Out by T.I., Halftime by the Ying Yang Twins.
Q: What made you decide on Michigan State?
A: It was the first place I visited, so I got kind of a measuring stick for all the other schools. It was also the best visit I had. I couldn't find anything wrong with it, not that there was anything wrong with the other schools. It just felt perfect for me. I felt like (Coach) Cathy (George) can make me the best player I can be in four years and I felt really comfortable with the girls there. I really trust everyone there.
Q: How do you balance volleyball and academics?
A: At times, it can be really hard. I have to work for it, but I have to stay focused. I do a lot of traveling and that can interfere with school, but I think I do pretty good with it. I try to do my homework at school, but usually I do it on planes and buses. I also get help from my teachers and friends.
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