Oct. 13, 2005
By Jason Cohn
The Santa Clara
Cassie Perret is a senior outside hitter on the volleyball team. She became the first player in the program's history to be named national player of the week after leading Santa Clara to big wins over No. 15 Arizona and No. 18 UC Santa Barbara. Cassie is averaging 3.40 kills and 2.17 digs per game this season. Sportswriter Jason Cohn sat down with her for an interview.
JC: What do you think is the best thing about being a student at Santa Clara?
CP: I don't think there's one best thing. I think the location and the size of the school is great. And of course, I love my team.
JC: How far is your team going this year?
CP: I think we're going really far. I think we're going to go farther than we probably have ever gone before. I think we expect to make it to the Elite 8. In the last couple of years, we've only made it to the first round, but I think we can go farther this year.
JC: Who do you think is the team MVP this year?
CP: We don't have a team MVP. We have so many key players that really contribute to the team. I don't think there's one MVP. A person can't get a kill without somebody digging the ball first and Crystal (Matich) setting it to the right spot, you know?
JC: What's the hardest part about switching to a new position?
CP: The hardest thing is probably that your level of comfort goes down when you're on the outside the whole time. The timing with your swing and reading what the hitter is doing -- your defense, where you go and what balls you're supposed to take is all different.
JC: What is one thing that you would like to do before graduating?
CP: I really wanna win the conference because we haven't done it while I've been here.
JC: What is your biggest fear?
CP: I have a big fear of needles, shots and bees. It's really absurd how scared I am.
JC: If you could be anybody at Santa Clara for a day, who would it be?
CP: That's a hard question! I would be Kim McGiven because she always has the craziest stories and something funny always happens to her. She always comes into practice with the weirdest, funniest story about something that happened to her.