Sept. 26, 2013
The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team opens Big Ten Conference play on the road this weekend. The Maize and Blue starts the road trip with a match at No. 13 Ohio State Friday night (Sept. 27) at 8 p.m. at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Wolverines then face top-ranked Penn State Saturday night (Sept. 28) at 7:30 p.m. at Rec Hall in State College, Pa. This week, redshirt senior Brittany Lee talks about being named captain for the second straight season, the summer trip to South America and the start of Big Ten Conference play this weekend.
Q: How big of an honor was it for you to be named captain for the second year in a row?
A: It was a really big honor, just to get the credit. I try to work hard, even though I don't play a ton, I really try to work hard and help the girls in any way I can. It was a really big honor for them to nominate me again and for the coaches to feel comfortable with it too.
Q: How much do you think that the trip you guys took to South America this summer has helped you so far this year?
A: I definitely think that we've gotten better at playing in situations that are not always ideal, like when the lights went out at Texas A&M. Now we're use to adapting because we played in different kinds of gyms over there. We also played when we were really tired, so that's going to help us as we get further into the season when dealing with fatigue and being able to overcome it.
Q: You've been an Academic All-Big Ten selection for two seasons. How have you balanced school work with volleyball and been successful in doing it?
A: The sad thing is, I've had to cut out TV ... I don't really watch TV unless I'm falling asleep. Basically after practice I'll do homework, and then the only time I watch TV is when I'm going to bed were I'm falling asleep to it. Basically, I just stick to a routine and cut out some of the things that aren't necessary ... like TV.
Q: How different is Big Ten Conference play compared to the non-conference schedule?
A: It's different because every night is kind of a toss-up. You know it's going to be a good match, and you can't overlook anyone because all of the teams are really good. It forces us to be prepared, to be on our game every day, which is a good thing, but you also need to be able to recover if you maybe don't have a good game.
Q: You're a fifth-year senior. How special have your four years at Michigan been?
A: It has been really special. I still find myself pinching myself like that I'm actually here. The tradition and legacy here is just a really special thing to be part of. I'm really proud of going to Michigan and being part of it.
Previous Q&A: Ally Davis (Sept. 19)