With all the new faces on this season's ETSU volleyball team, we thought it would be fun to get to know each of the new players throughout the season. This week we talked to Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa).
Firstly, how did you decide to come to ETSU?
The reason I choose ETSU was first because I loved everything about their campus. It small but at the same time a Division one school. Also I loved the mountains:) another reason was the volleyball team, when I met them I knew instantly they were good, down to earth people.
How has the adjustment to college volleyball gone for you?
It was a little overwhelming at first. Balancing school, practice, weights, sleep and eating was harder than I expected. But it only took me a week and a half to get adjusted to what was expected of me.
Do you have any specific goals while you are here at ETSU?
I have two, first is to graduate with my degree and with great grades. Second I want to win multiple conference championships.
What do you feel is your strength on the court?
I feel as though my strength is keeping everyone calm and reminding everyone to relax when needed.
Do you have a major yet and what are your career plans?
My major is Elementary Education, I plan on teaching kindergarten-sixth grade.
What do you like to do away from volleyball?
I love to go camping, swim, boating, read, cook and hang out with my friends.
If you hadn't gotten into volleyball, what sport would you have gotten into?
If I hadn't played volleyball, I would have played basketball in college.
Do you have any rituals before you play?
Before every game, during the national anthem, I pray and thank God for all the gifts he's given me and I ask him to allow me to go out and play like I know how to and to leave everything on the court.
What's your favorite food?
If you could meet any three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?
Hellen Keller, because I'd want to ask her how she was able to get through all her obstacles in life without giving up. Moses, I would ask him how he had so much trust in God to build a boat and to put his whole family on it for 40 days and night. My Grandma that had Alzheimer's when I was born. I never got to really know her before she died and I would have liked to know everything about her.