Sept. 20, 2012
The Michigan volleyball Q&A series continues with senior/junior defensive specialist Brittany Lee. The Wolverines open Big Ten play this weekend in Cliff Keen Arena. Michigan opens the weekend Friday night (Sept. 21) against Indiana at 7 p.m. The match against the Hoosiers is a Maize Star Event. Michigan then faces No. 17 Purdue Saturday night (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m.
Lee, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., is a co-captain on this year's squad. She had a season-high 10 digs in a four-set win over No. 25 Northern Iowa on Sept. 8 and is averaging 1.56 digs per set. Lee also was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2011 and has played in 34 matches in her Wolverine career.
Lee sat down to talk about her reaction to being named a co-captain, the "Block Out Bullying" event last weekend and her plans after she graduates from U-M.
Q: How honored were you to be chosen as a co-captain on this year's team?
A: I was really honored because being a walk-on, you want to make an impact, and to make that big of an impact and have my teammates feel like I can handle that role is really cool and especially at Michigan.
Q: Talk about last week's "Block Out Bullying" event. How was it to play in front of that many kids and how was the event in general?
A: My favorite part was when they played the "Spongebob Squarepants" theme song in our timeout. But it was really cool because my brother was bullied really badly in high school. So I think it's a great cause to raise awareness because bullying is not necessary; kids shouldn't do that. It was really cool and I hope we do it again.
Q: You start Big Ten play this week. Does the mindset change going into Big Ten play? How do you approach those matches?
A: I think the mindset changes a little bit. In the past I thought, 'Oh my god, we start Big Ten,' but now my attitude is it's just 11 other teams we're competing against, so hopefully we keep the same mindset that we're just as good as these teams and can go in and fight and stay on the same level. So hopefully we'll keep a positive attitude.
Q: You are a Spanish major here at U-M. What do you want to do as a career after you graduate from Michigan?
A: I don't really know what I want to do, and I'm hoping over the next year and a half I'll figure it out. I coach A2, the volleyball club team here, and I really am interested in coaching. Maybe that's a path I can go down.
Food ... Pizza
TV Show ... The Vampire Diaries
Musical artist ... Maroon 5
Movie ... Pride and Prejudice -- the 2005 version
Vacation spot ... A cruise