The Michigan volleyball Q&A series continues with freshman middle blocker Krystalyn Goode. The Wolverines are in Milwaukee, Wis., this weekend for the Ambassador Hotels Golden Eagle Classic on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 7-8). U-M will face Wake Forest Friday at noon, followed by host Marquette at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Wolverines will play Eastern Illinois at noon and 25th-ranked Northern Iowa at 5 p.m. All times are Central Daylight Time.
Goode, a native of River Hills, Wis., is one of six true freshmen on the Wolverine roster. She had a season-high eight kills in the five-set win over Arkansas in the adidas/Michigan Challenge on Sept. 1. Goode also is second on the team with 17 blocks, with five of those occurring in the five-set win over Virginia Tech on Aug. 25.
Goode sat down to talk about returning to her hometown to play in front of family and friends, the adjustment to college volleyball, and her favorite dish cooked by her mom.
Q: How excited are you to be back and play in your hometown this weekend?
A: I'm so excited to be able to play in front of a lot of family and friends. My high school coach and people of the Nicolet Bible community are planning to support me, and I'm really excited to be able to play in front of them as they watch me from being a high school player in the area to playing for Michigan. I'm really excited for that.
Q: Although you finished high school in Wisconsin, you were no stranger to Ann Arbor, having lived there for three years. Talk about coming back to Ann Arbor to attend college.
A: I really enjoyed my time in Ann Arbor, and that's one of the reasons why I knew I wanted to play and go to school at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor is a great town. It's a lot of fun, and the atmosphere surrounding the academics and athletics is awesome. It's something you can feel.
Q: What are the biggest differences between high school and college volleyball?
A: I feel like the speed for sure. Everything's so much faster, so that's definitely something I've had to improve on and try to get better. Blocking and hitting, everything's faster. That's been something I've been working on and hoping to continue to improve that.
Q: How have the upperclassmen helped out the freshmen and their adjustment to college volleyball?
A: They've been looking out for us every step of the way. They've helped so much, during preseason and helping us out with anything, such as picking someone up for practice. They were always there, really helpful and made the transition smooth.
Q: You've only been in class for a couple of days now, but talk about the differences now that you have to balance class and practice, and how have those first couple of classes gone for you?
A: The biggest difference is that I only have to go to class for a little over three hours a day as opposed to eight, which is nice, but I still have to practice for a lot longer. Definitely time management. Even though I've only been to three days of classes, it has shown how important that skill is going to be. I'm going to have to work to budget my time appropriately so that I can perform both in the classroom and on the court.
Food ... My mom's macaroni and cheese
TV Show ... Law and Order: SVU
Musical artist ... It depends on the mood I'm in. If I'm listening to hip-hop I would say Wale, but if I'm listening to R&B probably Beyonce.
Vacation spot ... We went on a cruise and one of the destinations was France and I loved it.