Bronco Bits: Kim McGiven

Bronco Bits: Kim McGiven

Oct. 13, 2005

Redshirt junior Kim McGiven has been having a fantastic year thus far in 2005 for the Santa Clara Broncos (15-1, 4-0 WCC). The 6-1 outside hitter leads the team in kills (223) and kills per game (4.42), all while hitting at a .290 clip. Early this year, the 2004 First Team All-WCC selection set a new Santa Clara record for most kills in a four-game match, as she pounded down 34 kills in SCU's victory over UC Irvine. For her efforts, she was named the WCC Player of the Week on September 5. In addition, McGiven is averaging 2.00 digs and .34 blocks a game. Voted a team co-captain along with senior Kristen Luxton, McGiven has also done an excellent job preparing the team for the emotional and mental rigors of each match, and as a result, Santa Clara is having one of the most successful campaigns in school history.

Before Saturday's 2 p.m. match-up with conference rival San Diego, the Encinitas, Calif. native sat down to discuss her love for the beach, her plans after college, and much more.

1. How did you spend your summer?

I had summer plans to work as an intern at Agile Software, but then there was a fire at my house. My house right off campus burned down, so I ended up not having a place to live. I ended up going home to San Diego, which worked out for the better. I got to spend six weeks down in San Diego with my family and I played a ton of beach volleyball, worked out a ton everyday, and I just spent a lot of time on the beach with my friends.

So I take it that the beach is a favorite spot of yours?

Oh, definitely. I miss it so much!

Do you plans of moving back down to Southern California when you are done with volleyball?

I have a fifth year, so I'll be around here for a while. After that, I want to go explore some new terrain. Go try living in new cities and even different countries. But after that, I do love the beach culture. It's what I grew up in and I really like the coastal communities of San Diego. I wouldn't be surprised if I found my way back down.

What about the beach culture attracts you to it?

I like how laidback everyone is. I like how it is a community where anything goes. You see anything down at the beach and people hang out down there. There's just a whole community of people at the beach. You have your surfers and the joggers, the little kids running around, the beach volleyball, the people who play basketball... it's always really fun around the Fourth of July or Labor Day. There's a lot going on. I also really enjoy the Mexican food down in San Diego. I love it! I'm an active kid so I love being out there, biking, swimming, running, jus whatever I can go do.

Did you happen to go on any vacations when you went back home with your family or friends?

I did actually. I went out to New York with my three sisters. The four girls got a hotel room in New York City for a week, which was a lot of fun.

Kind of like "The McGiven Girls Storm New York"?

Something like that. So we went and spent a week in the city and then went to upstate New York to a place called Lake George. We went and got a house right on the lake for a week. There was a boat and waterskiing and wakeboarding. There was hiking. We also had a canoe and went fishing. We got to do a lot of outdoor stuff. My aunts and uncles were there so it was great to see them..

2. What is your favorite book of all-time?

I love to read. I read all the time. I don't know if I can say I have a favorite book of all-time, but the book that I've read recently is The Alchemist. I thought it was a good book and it sent a good message. I didn't like the ending a whole lot, but I really enjoyed the book.

Growing up, were there certain books that stood out in your mind?

My dad would read me Blueberries for Sal and I would memorize it, so when he tried to skip pages late at night, I would call him out on it. I've always been reading. Dr. Seuss. I also loved Roald Dah's Revolting Rhymes. I was a big fan for Roald Dahl: The BFG, The Twits, The Witches...

Were there any favorite books of yours that were converted into movies that you were disappointed with?

In general, I don't like it when books are converted to movies. I'm a very imaginative person with a creative mind, so I'm always disappointed when they come up. I always feel that the character should have looked that way, or the setting shouldn't be that way because I have it all created in my head. When I read, I always have a visualization of what's going on and what the characters look like. As far as one particular example, I can't really think of anything on the top of my head.

3. If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?

I'm the type of person who would save it and pretend like I never won it! To give a better answer, I'd buy my mom a new car. She's amazing and gives up so much for us. I'd probably buy her a hatchback. She's always had a thing for hatchbacks, I don't know why! I guess because she likes to throw the dog, the surfboards, and the bikes in the back of the car. My mom is a very active person too, always going to yoga, camping or something. So that's why I'd get a hatchback for her.

What else would you get?

Since the fire, my wardrobe is still hurting a bit, so I'd probably replace some items lost there. And then I would travel and pay for my sisters and friends to come with me. I'm always looking for people to travel with me, but my sisters and friends are all in college, or just out of college and they don't have a lot of money. My girlfriends and I want to do a backpacking trip through South America, so I'd probably fund that trip. It would be really.

4. Speaking of traveling, if you were to take a three-month backpacking trip through Europe, what are three essential items you would need to survive?

My Rainbows [flip-flops] because they go everywhere with me! I wear these every single day. They are molded to my feet and they are going to last forever! They are the most comfortable shoes money can buy. That would definitely be the first item. Secondly, I'd bring a camera so I can remember the things and people I'd come across. And my best friend Casey [Knutson]. She plays on the tennis team and she's like a sister to me. We've been through everything together. Sometimes I feel like she knows me better than I know myself. We met freshman year, down the hall from each other in the dorms. We didn't even know each other for the first couple of months, but as soon as we met, we were just inseparable. We've lived together for the last two years and we know each other's families pretty well. I would love to have the opportunity to travel with her because when you travel with someone, you really get to know them and it would be a good bonding experience.

5. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

To stop time. A lot of times I feel like everything goes by too fast so it would be nice to slow things down and capture moments. Or to freeze time in the morning and fall asleep if I don't want to get up! I'd like to be able to do that.

Are there any recent moments you would want to stop or capture?

I think when I was back East this summer with my family there were moments out on Lake George that just really felt like paradise. There were moments when the sun was setting, we were sitting down for dinner, and it was still 75 or 80 degrees outside... the setting was amazing. I was with my family and it is something I definitely don't want to forget. I feel like there are moments I'd like to capture when I'm out on the beach. I love to wake up in the morning and go down to play volleyball all day. Take breaks for lunch, take breaks to go skateboarding or jump in the water... those were some of my favorite days.

6. What CD are you most embarrassed to admit that you own?

I lost most of my CD's in the fire, so I don't really have any of those embarrassing ones! Pre-fire, I'd have to go with... I'm a fan of all music, so I don't really own anything that embarrasses me easily. But, a bunch of my friends from high school are big fans of Hanson and they definitely burned me a Hanson CD, which stayed in my collection for a long time. Apparently, they went and saw Hanson perform in L.A. last month. They got me the CD because I wasn't a fan and it was their attempt to convert me into one.

What types of music do you like?

I like all kinds of music, but I'm a big fan of Ben Harper.

Really mellow music?

Yeah. I really like what he says in his lyrics. I also like country and I'll listen to hip-hop. The team's favorite song is All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. I like the variety pack.

7. What is one thing you would bring from your hometown to Santa Clara?

My friends. There is a group of 12 of us from my hometown and we're still really close. I miss them so much. We talk to each other on the phone all the time and we have a live journal on-line where we keep each other updated and have pictures.

Are all of you scattered around the country?

Yeah. Even more so last year, when everyone was studying abroad. Wendy was in Lithuania, Natalie was in Uganda, there was another girl in London, Jenny was in Thailand. It's a really adventurous group. Another girl was down in Guatemala. Now most of them are back at their respective colleges, but that's still from Oregon to Boston, some are in San Diego and in Los Angeles.

With all of your friends studying abroad, did it make you a bit jealous?

Yes. I really wish I had the opportunity to travel.

When volleyball is over, do you think you might want to study abroad?

Yes. Well I'm considering it. I'd like to play volleyball abroad and use that as my opportunity to travel. Maybe I don't get to travel as much during college, but I can use [playing as a professional] as my means to spend some time abroad. That's kind of what I'm hoping, but I don't want to be presumptuous about that. It's hard to speculate where volleyball will take me. You never know with injuries or how much you want to stay involved with the sport, but I know that I will find a way to travel and go abroad when I'm done with school. I've thought about the Peace Corp. I've thought about volunteering abroad. I've looked into different orphanages down in South America. I speak Spanish and I think that would be really helpful. I also know there are a lot of opportunities to teach English in countries in Asia or South America.

8. What is the best restaurant you have been to in the Bay Area?

In the Bay Area? Why do you have to limit me! I can tell you all my favorite restaurants down in San Diego! The Bay Area... I don't even know. I've got to think about this. Well I enjoy cooking, so I'm really picky when I do go out. I wonder what restaurant will pay me to say their name right now! I really like Pluto's in Palo Alto.

What do you usually like to order there?

I always get the same thing. I always get a salad and you get to pick what to put in it. I'm a big fan of the mixed greens and the chicken. And corn. I love corn.

What about in San Diego now?

I've got a top two. I'm a big sushi fan. I really like, in Solana Beach, there's a restaurant called Nobu's and I go there a lot with some friends of mine who are also in the volleyball community. We used to go every Thursday night after practice. So when I go in there, not only is there amazing food, but it just reminds me of my friends and all the good times we've had there. I also know Nobu, who owns it and sometimes works behind the sushi bar. The other place is called Surfside Sushi, because they have an amazing crunchy roll. That's in Pacific Beach. It's fun because it is a cool area and it is right on the beach. That's another place that I've been out with a lot of my friends.

Have you ever tried making sushi yourself?

Yes, but I'm not very good at it! My roommate is from Japan and we tried making it together once, but she didn't really know what she was doing. So it was kind of a big mess! Over the summer, Dustin Moore [Santa Clara assistant coach] had a barbeque over at his house and his wife showed us how to make sushi. I think it is somewhat of an acquired skill.

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