The senior libero for Glenwood ranks fourth in the Hawkeye Ten Conference with 3.29 digs per set. A second-team all-conference selection last year, the 5-foot4 passer also leads the Rams with .50 aces per set. Glenwood (12-6) next plays at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday.
Q: How did you come to be a libero?
A: I was always a left-side hitter up until eighth grade, then coaches put me at libero because I was short and would never be tall enough to be a hitter in college. I was a setter my freshman year for JV, then was a libero my sophomore year on.
Q: What is it about the position that agrees with you?
A: I knew I wasn't going to grow much ... I knew I wanted to play college volleyball and it wasn't going to be as a hitter.
Q: How do you go about being a good passer?
A: I don't have to dive much, but I have very good side motion. When a ball goes to the side, instead of just stepping to the side, I use my arms to flip the ball back to the setter. And I'm a chaser — if the ball's hit in the back row and I have to go chase after it, I enjoy doing that.
Q: You were credited with three kills last year. Do you remember them?
A: I think some of them were in tournaments. I'm good at rollshoting the ball to a certain place on the court. I like being set in the back row.
Q: You missed the first week of the season — nine matches — with an injury. What happened?
A: I had a broken right hand. In the middle of the night, I tripped over my fan at home (at the end of July). The light was off and I fell on my hand. It's kind of a stupid story.
Q: How did you work your way back?
A: Resting the hand was big. I was working out a lot with agility — during practice I'd go upstairs and do ladders and lift. I am 100 percent back now and don't have anything on my hand when I play.
Q: Has anything weird happened to you or the team this year?
A: The first day I was supposed to come back for volleyball, I was in P.E. class. We were playing softball outside and playing with a metal baseball bat. I was next up to bat, and a kid let go of the bat and it hit me in the head. I had to get stitches in my head and go to the hospital, and an ambulance had to come to school. It was pretty bizarre — and on my first day back. We did the MRIs and I had no concussion or serious injury. It was just seven stitches and a big gash on the top of my head.
Q: What superstitions do you have before a match?
A: I have to pray. During the national anthem, I'll pray really hard, and that's something I've always done since I was a freshman. I'm praying to God thanking Him for the opportunity I have, and please help everyone play well even if we don't win. Also for us to have no injuries and the other team to have no injuries.
Q: What else are you into outside of volleyball?
A: I really like working out. I've always liked it, but sophomore year I really wanted to fit into a prom dress. So I started dieting and eating right and healthy. I got into working out — cardio, weightlifting, all that — so that's become a big thing for me. I also like track and hurdling.
Q: When did you realize you could be a good volleyball player?
A: I was an outstanding hitter when I was really little, but as I got older I knew I'd have to pursue the back row. I'd say sophomore year when I broke the Glenwood record for digs in a season is when I started taking it really seriously.
Q: What are your college plans?
A: I have a couple different schools talking to me. But I'm really looking more toward playing at (NCAA Division II) University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. I'd like to major in business marketing. My dream job would be to have a fashion line in New York City. I'd also love to go to Paris and work there — that would be awesome.