By Carolyn Linck, '11
A graduate from nearby Lynnbrook High School in San Jose, Jamie Wallis (JW) has been contributing to the Bronco softball team in the field and at the plate in her sophomore season. Recently www.SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCB) caught up with Wallis about her role on the team, her goals for the season and playing close to home.
SCB: Last season you played games at shortstop, second base and right field for the Broncos. What position do prefer to play? Why?
JW: I don't really know if I have a preference. I just like to be out there playing wherever I can best help the team. I have the most experience playing shortstop and have been working hard at that position since last season. At the same time, I feel very comfortable in the outfield and was recruited as an outfielder. That being said, I have enjoyed the additional challenge of developing myself as a shortstop.
SCB: Recently you've been hitting very well, batting .357 with four homeruns in the last five games. What do you attribute this recent success to?
JW: Recently I've put in a lot of practice with our hitting coach who has been very positive and encouraging. I think this has definitely contributed to my success at the plate lately.
SCB: What did you work to improve on this offseason? What was your training regimen like?
JW: The whole team has worked very hard to prepare for this season. We have focused on conditioning and strength training as well as on the fundamentals of the game nearly every day.
SCB: You played your high school softball at nearby Lynnbrook in San Jose. What have been the advantages of staying close to home for college?
JW: Since we play most of our games in California my family is able to come to a lot of them, and it's always nice to have their support. I live on campus so I have the full experience of campus life which I like, but I'm still close enough to home so I can easily visit or have my parents take me out to dinner every now and then. It's kind of the best of both worlds.
SCB: Last season you were named to the 2010 PCSC Academic Honor Roll. How do you balance school and softball?
JW: I try to stay well organized and plan my time and schedule carefully. When we travel, I bring my school work with me so I can study on the trip. Sometimes, I have to miss out on sleep, but I try to keep that to a minimum.
SCB: What are your goals for this season as a team and on an individual level?
JW: My goal for our team, which I think is very doable, is to have a positive and successful season where we have a winning attitude and are competitive in every game. We also want to be supportive of each other. My personal goals are to stay mentally strong, focused and physically healthy throughout the season.