Athlete Of The Week Archive

Sept. 15, 2005

Carissa Lee

Cowgirl Volleyball
Libero, 5-5, Freshman
Eugene, Ore., Churchill HS

How has the transition from high school to college competition been for you?

"I think that college competition is way more focused, so you're with a team who wants to achieve the same things that you want to. In high school, we were up and down. I really like the college competition because it's more intense".

What is it like knowing that you will have to step in as a freshman and contribute to the program?

"I think that it's awesome that I can come in as a freshman and contribute. All I want to do is improve. If I can do something that will make the team be better then that's my ultimate goal. I know I still have a lot to learn, but to be able to come in and play is an awesome experience. I get to play the sport that I love".

Were you nervous heading into your first match as a member of the Cowgirl Volleyball team?

"Yeah, I was really nervous when I first went in. The girls were like, `Oh its okay, you're gonna' do fine'. Their support helped so much. I'm always a little nervous before we play, hopefully that will go down a bit, but I think that it's just part of the anticipation of playing".

What superstitions (if any) do you have?

"I don't think I really have any superstitions about it, but I know that sports and competitions bring out some superstitions like you have to put your shoes on the right way before the game. I haven't really gotten into a routine yet. I know a lot of girls listen to music before they play. I think as soon as I can find the right routine to do, I'm probably going to do that just as a way to prepare and not so much as a superstition".

Do you have any unusual preparations before an event?

"Not as of yet. I think that as the season goes on I'll find something. Sometimes I have my MP3 player and I listen to music to kind of help me either pump up before the game or calm me down and get rid of the butterflies".

What made you decide to come to Wyoming?

"Mainly for the volleyball. My sister plays at the University of Washington where coach Stangle was the assistant coach for a couple of years, so I knew Coach Stangle through my sister. I really liked the teaching style; I like their technique that they have here. He is a really nice guy and I really did want to play for someone that I knew I would be able to get along with. I had met some of the girls here previously, and I really liked the team and it seamed like it would be the best fit for me".