July 13, 2009
Preview by Marcus Akerland, SCU Athletics Department Student Assistant
The women's volleyball team looks to have a successful season this fall, and earn a NCAA Tournament bid for the 12th straight season and junior outside hitter Krista Kelley looks to be a big part of the team's success.
Kelley took time out of her busy summer schedule to talk with santaclarabroncos.com.
SCU: After your strong freshman campaign when you were named WCC Freshman of the Year, you turned in another solid season as a sophomore. What has been the key to your success at Santa Clara?
SCU: You had surgery this past off-season. How has the rehab progressed and how does your knee feel now?
KK: Rehab has been very successful with my knee. My strength and conditioning coaches, Steve Saxe and Kelby Klosterman, have helped me build the muscle I lost back up. My knee is doing well and getting stronger every day. I am able to play my full game and my knee feels great.
SCU: The Santa Clara volleyball team's recruiting class has been ranked 11th nationally. What impact do you feel the freshmen will have on the team next season?
KK: The incoming freshman will make a HUGE difference in this upcoming season. We are getting in a lot of big hitters so our setters will have a lot more options. They will definitely benefit our team in the greatest way. I am excited for them to come and play with us.
SCU: As a junior on the team this fall, you will be entering your third year of collegiate volleyball at Santa Clara. How do you plan to use your experience to help fill the leadership void left after the graduation of five seniors?
KK: As an upper classman, and with such a large incoming freshman group, my leadership role will have to grow to make sure everyone feels comfortable and knows what to do. Graduating five seniors is tough on any team, but we have such a great group of people that are ready to step up and help make our team great and run smoothly and successfully.
SCU: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
KK: Our goals are to win conference and to go far into the NCAA Tournament. We want to work hard and earn our success. We want to get better everyday and every time we touch the court.
Krista Kelley Quick Hits:
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Meal After Practice: Apple with Peanut Butter
Favorite Book: The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich