Sept. 27, 2012
The Michigan volleyball Q&A series continues with freshman outside hitter Ally Davis.
This week, the Wolverines hit the road for Big Ten matchups against Iowa (Friday, Sept. 28) and No. 6 Nebraska (Sunday, Sept. 30). The matchup against the Hawkeyes starts at 7 p.m. CDT, while the Wolverines and Cornhuskers start at 2 p.m. CDT.
Davis, a native of Hinsdale, Ill., has played in nine matches and made two starts her first season in Ann Arbor. She had a career-high 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage in a four-set win over North Florida on Aug. 24. Davis was a first team all-Chicago Tribune selection at Hinsdale Central High School last season.
Davis sat down to talk why she chose to attend Michigan, the differences between high school and college volleyball, and how the freshmen are a tight-knit group.
Q: Why did you choose to attend Michigan?
A: Well, I definitely wanted to go to a big school and really wanted to be in the Big Ten and when I came here on my visit, I really liked the girls, and that sold me. Also, I got along really well with the coaches, which was big because that's who I'm going to be with for the next four years.
Q: What are the differences you have seen between college and high school volleyball?
A: It's a lot faster and the players are a lot more physical, and a lot stronger than they were before.
Q: You have a large class of freshmen, but it seems like you are a tight-knit group. Is that the case both on and off the court?
A: We're all really close and we have been from day one. We were having freshman powwows and we would get frozen yogurt and all talk. We are helping each other out a lot; our ways of life are changing, so it's been really nice to have all them. We all bring something different and we all get along extremely well, so that's a plus.
Q: How have you adjusted to your first semester in college to having classes, practice and study hall and to still be successful in volleyball and school?
A: I've really had to focus on time management, which is something I wasn't super great at. Just getting my work done, going to class, getting sleep, practice, just making a schedule and keeping it has been really helpful to me. I'm just writing down everything I have to do and just really focus on time management.
Food ... Peanut butter
TV Show ... Criminal Minds
Musical artist ... Britney Spears, forever and always.
Movie ... The Shawshank Redemption
Vacation spot ... I'd have to say Florida.
Class at U-M ... English, hands down.