PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 24, 2013) – Throughout the 2013 season, ScarletKnights.com is conducting Q&A sessions with newcomers, as well as returning members of the Rutgers volleyball team. This installment features freshman middle blocker Lauren Cloyd (Champaign, Ill.).
How would you describe your style of play?
I would describe my style as strong, but smart at the same time.
What motivates you to play volleyball?
Volleyball is a fun sport to play. There is so much energy and passion put into every play and I love how if a team has really good energy but are the underdog they can win the match.
How have you been adjusting to college life?
At first it was really difficult. I came early in July to take summer classes and I was very home sick but now that volleyball has started I love it and cant wait to be on the court and start the fall semester.
What are you hoping to accomplish in your first year as a Scarlet Knight?
I would love to make a difference on the team and put in hard work and effort to make everyone around me better.
What are the most noticeable differences in transitioning from HS/club to college play?
High school is really easy and not much effort is needed and club there is more effort because it is on a bigger scale than high school, but they are both nothing compared to college. College play is very fast and everyone is big. Also there is more intensity at practice. We also do a lot more in the weight room than I have ever done.
What do you think of your teammates and the team dynamic?
My teammates are amazing on and off the court! They are so welcoming and willing to help me out and answer any questions I have about anything and give me great advice from their experiences. The team dynamic is great. We all cheer for each other and have no animosity about anything. We can also be friends, but still have great competition.
What do you intend on majoring in?
I plan on majoring in Animal Sciences.
What are your career goals?
After college I plan on attending Veterinary school in order to pursue a doctorate degree and eventually become a veterinarian for small animals. While in Vet school I may get my veterinary technician degree so that I can start working in the field while I’m working to get the doctorate.
Dig, kill, block or ace…. which is your favorite and why?
Block, definitely, because after a block there is so much emotion that comes out. Blocks are especially great when they go straight down. It’s just a way for a middle to let the opposing hitter know they are there and they are out to stop them. It’s the ultimate intimidation factor.
Who do you model your game after?
Morgan Leach, she was the junior middle at my high school when I was a freshman and is now playing at Indiana University. She is such a selfless player and always brings the intensity and fun to the game, along with great advice.
What is your greatest athletic moment?
My favorite athletic moment was playing in the state finals for my high school team. I think my greatest moment is still to come.
If you could play in any arena in the world, what would it be?
The Beijing National stadium in China. The architecture is amazing, and it is where the summer Olympics were held in 2008. It would honestly so amazing to play in the same place that Olympians played in.
If you could invite three people to dinner in history, who would they be?
Channing Tatum, Adam Sandler, Jim Carey.
What type of volleyball shoes do you prefer to play in (be specific)?
Mizuno waves, because they are the most comfortable volleyball shoes that I have ever worn. They take no time to break in and they last FOREVER!
If you were selecting a volleyball "Dream Team", who would be the first three players you would pick?
Matt Anderson, Destinee Hooker, and Alisha Glass.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Hard work, dedication, and good people skills will get you everywhere in life, so follow your dreams.
Indoor volleyball or beach volleyball?
Beach volleyball is fun, but I would have to stick with indoor volleyball.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
In 10 years I hope to be working in a veterinary clinic, preferably a rescue clinic. I also hope to be married and possibly have started a family. It doesn’t really matter where I’m living, preferably somewhere close to my family so that I can visit them often.
Can you identify one or two things you do in your training that you feel are keys to success?
Always work my hardest to make my teammates better. If I go hard, then they will be better and I will also get better in the process. I also try and keep a positive attitude about everything even if things are going horribly wrong.
Is there a specific song or artist you like to hear before taking the court?
I don’t have a specific song or artist, I usually just put my phone on shuffle and whatever comes on I listen to, but it has to be some type of up beat music, unless I’m trying to relax to some country.