HOMETOWN: Puyallup, Washington
CREDENTIALS: USD Volleyball’s two-time All-WCC middle blocker was selected to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team and was an AVCA All-America honorable mention as a junior. As a senior she helped lead the Toreros to the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament Third Round appearance and was named to the AVCA Pacific South All-Region team.
GAME (ALMOST) ON: “I always wear headphones from the bus into the gym. I keep them in until I am completely ready, in my gear and ready to go. This year we had navy socks and light blue socks; I wore one of each on game days. And my first right ankle brace always goes on first. There’s also a song the whole team sang before every game, but I can’t say what it is. It’s a team thing.”
FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT: “If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d pick Ellen DeGeneres. I just saw her stand-up special, and she was hilarious.”
PSYCHING UP: “I majored in psychology because I figured if I were going to put that much time in it should be to something I’m really interested in. I like to think of myself as a people person. I like talking to people and meeting new people. I’m learning to understand different types of people, why they act certain ways, and it helps me understand people more.”
THE GREAT PUMPKINS: “My family has a berry farm and a pumpkin patch, so I’m not afraid to get dirty. The pumpkins are harvested off the vine and put in little piles. My brothers and their friends would go out and form a sort of pumpkin-tossing relay to bring them in. I would be at the end I’d load them on the truck. At the end of the day my back would just be killing me. Pumpkins are so heavy!”
GO ON: “Right now I’m an assistant coach for 17- and 18 year-olds at Coast Volleyball Club. I love it. I absolutely love it. I’d like to be a graduate assistant or an assistant coach at the college level. And having a psychology degree will really help with that.”