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Makenzey Burggraff Player Spotlight

Posted 08/05/2019

Name: Makenzey Burggraff

Grade: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Egan, SD

Position: Outside Hitter

Favorite Quote: “Rise and shine it’s butt-whooping time” from Cool Runnings

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people chomp on crunchy foods like cereal or chips and I can hear it.

 

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I have been to 8 different countries in Europe and over half of the states.

 

3.    Favorite movie?

Cool Runnings or Brave

 

4.    Best family tradition you have?

We do a crab and shrimp boil for our Christmas Eve supper and then open gifts and go to midnight mass.

 

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

My friends call me “whale” and they tell me it is because I like the cheese whale crackers. I am also called Kenz, or Kenzey, or by some Sistah Kenz.

 

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

I would go to the past because the future will eventually come and I do not really do not really have the desire to really know what is in my future; life will work itself out. But there are moments in the past I would do anything to relive.  

 

 

7.    What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal is definitely a cow.

 

8.    What or who inspires you?

My grandma inspired me.

 

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

I am scared of heights.

 

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can play 4-mallets on marimba.

 

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I hope that the team can create lots of memories and have fun together on and off the court.

 

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I probably trust Ashlyn to get me home and 100% no doubt about it, Carina and Laura would get me lost. 

Evy Peterson Player Spotlight

Posted 07/22/2019

Name: Evy Peterson

Grade: Sophomore

Major: Psychology/Criminal Justice

Hometown: Northville, SD

Position: OH

Favorite Quote: “You have power over your mind, not outside events… Realize this, and you will find strength” -Marcus Aurelius

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

People leaving trash places.

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Florida!

3.    Favorite movie?

The greatest Showman

4.    Best family tradition you have?

Camping for a full week out at the river each year!

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

Evelyn… my friends started calling me it because most people think it’s my full game but it’s not. I’m just Evy!

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

Past! I would like to experience the times of poodle skirts and milkshake dates!

7.    What is your spirit animal?

Idk maybe a sloth because I really like to sleep during my free time

1.    What or who inspires you?

My mom

2.    What is your biggest phobia?

I hate giving speeches or talking in front of groups of people to give a presentation… this is called glossophobia

3.    Do you have any hidden talents?

Um… not that I know of! If so, it’s also hidden to me

4.    What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

To win and come together as a team on and off the court

5.    If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I think someone that would get us home would be Brooke, and someone that would get us lost would be Kili

Laura Babcock Player Profile

Posted 07/15/2019

Name: Laura Babcock

Grade: Freshman

Major: Biology

Hometown: Aberdeen, SD

Position: Defensive Specialist

Favorite Quote:  “Let go and let God”

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

Anything unorganized or “what if” statements that will never happen, so why worry about it

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

California or Arizona

3.    Favorite movie?

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

4.    Best family tradition you have?

The best family tradition we have is Christmas. We open all our presents together than wake up the next morning for Santa, mind you I’m the youngest in my family at 19.

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

My whole family calls me “Lou” because a family friend insisted it was my middle name (which it isn’t, it’s Leigh) but the family friend passed away and now it just kind of stuck.

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

 I would travel to the future to see all the advancements made.

7.    What is your spirit animal?

A Liger

8.    What or who inspires you?

My family they always push me to be the best version of myself

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

Cotton balls aka Sidonglobophobia

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I like to juggle and am double jointed in just about every one of my joints

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I hope our team can finish in the top of our conference.

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I would trust Makenzey Burggraff to get me home safely. Kili Gora would definitely get us lost.

Allisen Nielsen Player Spotlight

Posted 07/08/2019

Name: Allisen Nielsen

Grade: Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Aberdeen, South Dakota

Position: Setter

Favorite Quote: “TEAMWORK. Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.”

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve would have to be when people chew ice; it is like a person dragging their finger nails on a chalkboard.

 

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

            Orlando, Florida.

 

3.    Favorite movie?

                My favorite movie is All American.

 

4.    Best family tradition you have?

The best family tradition that I have is spending time with one another on holidays and going to church on Sundays.

 

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

My nickname is Al. It had come from my friends and family.


6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

            If I could time travel, I would go to the future. I would go to the future because I would love to see what I have

            accomplished in life.

 

7.    What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal would have to be a cheetah.


8.    What or who inspires you?

My mom is the person that inspires me the most; she can do anything that she puts her mind to.

 

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

My biggest phobia is flying on a plane.

 

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

My hidden talent is that I can stick my tongue up my nose and that I am left handed.

 

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I hope my team can accomplish great work ethic and playing together as a team this season.

 

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

If I were to be lost on a safari, the team member I would trust the most to get me home would be Alyssa Haberer. The team member that would get me lost would have to be Maggie Gall. 

Kayla Wolfe Player Spotlight

Posted 07/01/2019

Name: Kayla Wolfe

Grade: Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Redding, California

Position: Outside Hitter

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

LOUD CHEWERS

 

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

The furthest I've been from home is Wisconsin

 

3.    Favorite movie?

Southpaw

 

4.    Best family tradition you have?

Getting the whole family together for Christmas.

 

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?    

                Deeda Bush, I couldn’t say my own name when I was little but apparently, I could say that and now my             family likes to call me that.

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

            I would travel back in time to see how life was like and to see how far technology has come.

 

7.    What is your spirit animal?

                Probably a wolf since my last name is Wolfe.


8.    What or who inspires you?

            My mom

 

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

Snakes

 

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can hold my breath for a long time.

 

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

Have a winning season.

 

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I would trust Alyssa to get us home and either Killi or Maggie definitely would get us lost.

Maggie Gall Player Spotlight

Posted 06/24/2019

Name: Magdalena Gall

Grade: Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Randolph, NE

Position: Middle/ Right Side Hitter

Favorite Quote: “The two most important days of our lives are the day we are born and the day we find out why." - Mark Twain

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people touch my stuff without talking to me first. 

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I went to New York once.

3.    Favorite movie?

Grease

4.    Best family tradition you have?

Putting up a lot of Christmas decorations

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

Magde - from my club team when we had two Maggie's. 

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

The past, because I feel that the way we advanced is incredible and revolutionary. 

7.    What is your spirit animal?

A tiger.

8.    What or who inspires you?

My mother.

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

Nyctophobia - Fear of the dark. 

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can sing. 

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

Have a winning season while staying and feeling like a team. 

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I feel that Laura could get me home because she seems to have the best temper mixed with common sense. I'd pick myself to get lost, but if that's not an option I would pick Kili. 

Carina Cates Player Profile

Posted 06/17/2019

Name: Carina Cates

Grade: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Oxnard, California

Position: Middle

Favorite Quote: “If it scares you it might be a good thing to try” - Seth Godin

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people don’t put things back that they borrow.

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

The furthest I’ve been from home is New York.

3.    Favorite movie?

Passengers

4.    Best family tradition you have?

Every night in December we watch a different Christmas movie.

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

Nina it came from my younger cousins not being able to say my name

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

If I could time travel it would be to the future because I would really like to know what happens in my life ten years from now.

7.    What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal is a snow leopard.

8.    What or who inspires you?

My parents inspire me because I see all their hard work and the challenges they overcome.

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

Mosquitoes are definitely my biggest phobia.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can turn my feet backwards.

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I hope this season the team can accomplish a winning season as well as going to the conference tournament.

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I would trust Laura or Makenzey to get me home, Jaida might get us lost.

Morgan Moelter Player Profile

Posted 06/10/2019

Name:  Morgan Moelter

Grade:  Junior

Major:   Biology

Hometown:  Brandon, SD

Position:  OH, DS

Favorite Quote: “Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

         Slow drivers

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

        Mexico

3.    Favorite movie?

        Deadpool

4.    Best family tradition you have?    

        Family game night Sunday nights

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?    

        My friends call me Morgs, Mo Mo, or Morgie.

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?    

        I would go back to the past when things were simpler.

7.    What is your spirit animal?

        Dog

8.    What or who inspires you?

        My parents

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

       Spiders

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

        I can roll my tongue.

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

        Win every fifth set.

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

        I would trust Brooke to get me home and I would trust Laura or Kili to get me lost.

Alyssa Haberer Player Spotlight

Posted 06/03/2019

Name: Alyssa Haberer

Grade: Senior

Major: Biology Bachelors Chemistry Associates

Hometown: Gettysburg SD

Position: Right Side

Favorite Quotes:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. --Jeremiah 29: 11

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. --Lao Tzu (fun fact: This was my HS graduate quote)

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when people do not live in the moment. Some things in life only happen once, and there is no time to waste.

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I have been to many states from California to Florida, but I have been the 4 countries including Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and Haiti

3.    Favorite movie?

I don’t have a favorite movie but I could watch Elf at anytime of the year!

4.    Best family tradition you have?

Every Christmas my Grandma will cook us German food like dumplings and cheese buttons

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

I have a fairly odd last name that people haven't been able to pronounce very well so they made up all sorts of unique versions. Habs is the most common nick name; just shortening my last name up to eliminate the confusion if you are to say “er” or “er-er” Then they start to get wild such as Haboo, Habes, Habanero, and even Habista!

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

I would travel to the future, just to see what my life would be like and see if I need to make any changes now before it’s too late! (haha)

7.    What is your spirit animal?

This one is tough, so I went online and took a quiz to find out! According to http://www.spiritanimal.info/spirit-animal-quiz/ my spirit animal is a butterfly. I don’t know about that but I'll take it.

8.    What or who inspires you?

People who strive to be a better person everyday inspire me. My goal is look back on my life someday and feel as though I accomplished everything I was meant too. I cannot achieve this goal without working hard every day to step out of my comfort zone, keep a positive outlook, being kind, and improving the person I was yesterday.

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

I have a fear of rain. I know it is bizarre, but I have always HATED rain. I do not like rain touching me! When its raining and I don’t have anything to protect me I will start feeling claustrophobic and mayyyyybeeee freak out slightly.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

Most people who know me, know that if I have any talents, they aren’t hidden because I will show you! Some things I accomplished that may have involved talent would be that I won first place in the Junior High archery competition, I won punt, pass and kick when I was in elementary school, and I was involved in All State Chorus all 4 years of high school. 

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I have many hopes for my team this upcoming year. Mostly I hope to grow together and have fun in everything we do. My biggest goal for us of course to make it to Nationals. Some smaller hopes I have include making it to the final four like we did my freshman season, be #1 in the conference and host the conference tournament!

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I would trust Haylee Biel to get me home safe because she is always the one to check up on us and make sure everyone is safe and on time! (Brooke is a close second, but I couldn’t give her the satisfaction of being my first pick

Kilinoe Gora Player Spotlight

Posted 05/29/2019

Name:Kilinoekealaokalehuaikeo Gora

Grade: Senior

Major: Communications

Hometown: Waipahu, HI

Position: DS

Favorite Quote: “Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise” – Kobe Bryant

 

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

I really dislike when people waste their food without offering it to others first.

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I’ve been to a lot of places far from Hawai’I, but the farthest I’ve been from my family is being here in Aberdeen. Being away from them is being away from home.

3.    Favorite movie?

ATL or Coach Carter. Oh and Beauty and the Beast.

4.    Best family tradition you have?

We celebrate the first day of the birthday month, the birthday and the last day of the birthday month as a family.

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

My nickname at home is Tinoe. It came from my mama and I don’t know why she made it. Kili is my nickname up here because no one can say my first name.

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

I would go to the past to relive the beautiful moments. I wouldn’t want it the other way because the future is supposed to be a crazy surprise and I wouldn’t want to ruin that.

7.    What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal is Cardi B.

8.    What or who inspires you?

My dad inspires me to do better. I’m no where near as great of a person as I see him to be but he is everything I strive to be some day.

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

I absolutely hate roaches.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I wish. They must still be hiding from me.

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I just hope we can become better versions of ourselves collectively. And we stay together and fight through whatever drama comes our way.

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

Alyssa would get me home and Laura would get us lost FOR SURE.

Ashlyn Miller Player Spotlight

Posted 05/20/2019

Name: Ashlyn Miller

Grade: Senior

Major: Business Minor: Finance

Hometown: Strathmore CA

Position: DS

Favorite Quote: Inhale confidence exhale doubt

1.    What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people are disrespectful to their professors

2.    What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

The Midwest

3.    Favorite movie?

8 Seconds

4.    Best family tradition you have?

We have a lot but dying Easter eggs and having a huge egg hunt with my dads family and then camping on the ranch for Easter with my step dads family

5.    What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

PP- my middle name is Sue and my little brother used to call me soupie and then when my little sister started talking she just shortened it to PP

6.    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

I would go to the past so I could relive the moments with my grandpa and great grandpa

7.    What is your spirit animal?

Dogs!!!

8.    What or who inspires you?

My little sister Mckinley, she’s 18 and serves our Country in the Navy. I miss her all the time but am so proud of how strong she is and all she has accomplished at a young age.

9.    What is your biggest phobia?

Live mice

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

    I’ve done many activities growing up but I don’t think they are a hidden talent

11. What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I hope my team accomplished unity and perseverance to stick together in the tough times and push through any and every obstacle that comes our way. 

12. If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I think that Jaida would get me lost and Brooke or Laura  could get me home 

Brooke Swanson Player Spotlight

Posted 05/13/2019

Name: Brooke Swanson

Grade: Senior

Major: Radiology

Hometown: Deary, Idaho

Position: Setter

Favorite Quote: Never underestimate the heart of a champion.

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Biggest pet peeve would probably be really loud eaters. Its gross to hear people chewing their food.

2. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I went to Italy spring break of my junior year in high school.

3. Favorite movie?

The Run Down

4. Best family tradition you have?

I can’t really say which one is the best, any time spent with family is time well spent.

5. What’s your nickname and where did it come from?

Brookie Cookie - I make really good chocolate chip cookies

6. If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past? Why?

I would go to the past. I think it would be interesting to experience things that have already happen but I want to leave the future to be discovered.

7. What is your spirit animal?

My favorite animal is a tiger. I feel like it represents me pretty well. We have kind of the same hair color, just like to hang out in the sun but occasionally get random urges to run around and go swimming and stuff.

8. What or who inspires you?

My family inspires me. They have always been my biggest supporters and have pushed me since day one to become who I am today.

9. What is your biggest phobia?

Swimming in a lake or a body of water and getting eaten by some big monster lurking in the water.

10.Do you have any hidden talents?

I barely have talents at all

11.What do you hope your team can accomplish this season?

I hope we can have a successful season that is fun. I hope we can play every game to the best of our abilities and have a good, rememberable season.

12.If you were lost on a safari, which team member would you trust to get you home and what team member would get you lost?

I would trust either Morgan or Alyssa to get me home for sure. I know for a fact that Kenzy or Kili would get me lost.