JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2014) – Each week during the season, members of the ETSU volleyball team will be featured in a "Q&A" segment on ETSUBucs.com.
The first student-athlete profile is senior setter Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.). Rutledge has played in 90 career matches for the Buccaneers, totaling 2,932 assists, 504 digs, 183 blocks and 127 kills. Overall, Rutledge ranks fifth all-time in program history in assists.
During the preseason, the players came up with the questions, which can be found below, and each of them submitted their answers. Below are the responses by Rutledge:
If you could witness any event (past or present) what would it be? Why?
I would want to see my parents’ first date. I think it would be extremely entertaining to see them together so young and naïve about what the future holds.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Australia… the animals are awesome, the beaches are beautiful, and there are more kangaroos than humans.
What is your favorite thing to do off the court with your teammates?
EAT! We can all put the food away, and it is nice to eat with people in a judge-free zone. I always feel like I need to eat less and eat more slowly when I am with normal humans.
What is a non-athletic accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Last year I received the Buccaneer Leadership Award for the Athletic Department. That was a great honor. A close second is beating my older sister in an apple-eating contest when I was about five. My dad said he would give a dollar to whoever could eat the most of their apple, so I ate the entire thing—stem, seeds, core, and all. That was my first memory of winning, and I liked how it felt.
What is your favorite quote?
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -- Robert Frost
What is something that not many people know about you?
Based on the strength testing that we do through volleyball, I am the strongest female to go to ETSU... Apparently, I’m a freak.
Who is the best dancer on the team?
Ivey Rice. Definitely.
What movie can you watch over and over and never get tired of?
If you could have hung out with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
My grandfather. He died when I was pretty young and I just don’t remember him very well. I have heard enough about him to know he was a great man and I would love to experience that in person.
If you could pick any profession in life (regardless of education, money, judgment, or training) what would it be? What's stopping you?
I would find great deals on furniture at garage sales, flea markets, and auctions, and refurbish it and sell it. I really enjoy doing that sort of thing, but it would just be difficult to make a living that way. So, for now I’ll just continue doing it for fun.
What do you think is an important rule to live by?
Treat all people—regardless of age, occupation, gender, or race—with kindness and respect. You never know what people are going through.
What is your favorite holiday? Why?
Thanksgiving! You get the great food and family time that Christmas brings, but you don’t have the stress of all the gifts and whatnot. Plus, my grandmother cooks the best turkey EVER!
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
I’m not set on any three things, but I’m willing to go on pretty much any type of adventure.
What is a talent you don't have that you wish you did?
I wish I could doodle. I don’t have the desire to be able to create crazy artistic masterpieces, but I would just like be able to doodle something kind of neat on a scrap sheet of paper or napkin. I think those people are cool.
What is one piece of advice you would give a young athlete who aspires to be a college athlete?
Never forget that you have more to learn. We are a team of thirteen girls who have been playing volleyball for years and we still come into the gym everyday knowing that we have more to learn. Listen to your coaches, respect other players, and always be a good teammate.
If you had not pursued volleyball, which sport would you have pursued, and why?
I really think I could have been a good gymnast. I stopped taking gymnastics so that I could focus more on volleyball when I was younger, but I still like to pull out the back tuck every once in a while. Even though the gymnastics ship has sailed, I do think in the future I could do work on American Ninja Warrior.
Rutledge and the Bucs return to action this Friday as ETSU travels to Nashville for the Lipscomb Invitational. The Blue and Gold open the tournament against Utah on Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern.
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