Oct. 5, 2012
The Michigan volleyball Q&A series continues with junior outside hitter/right side Molly Toon. The Wolverines will wrap up their four-match roadtrip this Sunday (Oct. 7) at Wisconsin. First serve in Madison, Wis., is scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT.
Toon, a native of Middleton, Wis., has played in 18 matches this season with 17 starts. She is averaging 2.17 kills per set and had a season-high 13 terminations against Purdue on Sept. 22. Toon was named to the all-tournament teams at both the adidas/Michigan Challenge and the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic. Toon has played in 56 matches with 21 starts in her three-year Michigan career.
Toon sat down to talk about her upcoming trip back to Madison, her leadership role and what she has improved in her game since she stepped on campus as a freshman.
Q:How excited are you to go back to Madison and play in your hometown on Sunday?
A: I'm so excited. My freshman year I actually was crying when we were landing in Madison because I was so excited to go home. It's always fun because I know and get to see so many people. It's my home and it's always fun to go back.
Q: How often does your family get to see you play in a year?
A: Well, they follow every game, but they don't get to be at all of them. I would say about five matches during the Big Ten season, on average. That's an estimation, though.
Q: How much does it help to have parents and sibling that are athletes when you need guidance or someone to talk about being a college athlete?
A: It's a huge advantage for me. My dad (Al) went through college and professional athletics. My brother (Nick) went through college recently, which is helpful, and my sister (Kirby) went through college recently and played volleyball. I can just call them and it's a big help. Sometimes they can put things into perspective and that really helps. Being in Big Ten athletics, you can get caught up in everything and they can bring me back down and tell me this is how it goes. They always have great information and can help me.
Q: What is the part of your game that has improved the most since your freshman season?
A: Definitely blocking. My freshman year, I was kind of throwing my hands up and it was a lot harder just because it was so much faster than high school, so it was a big adjustment. The players were way taller and stronger. I think blocking also because I'm stronger now and am more used to the speed of the game.
Food ... Probably pizza
TV Show ... Right now, Gossip Girl
Musical artist ... Drake and Trey Songz
Movie ... I'm going to go ahead and say Hunger Games. I watch it all the time.
Vacation spot ... Anywhere with a beach.
Class at U-M ... I really liked Psychology 111 because I really like psychology, but I also had it with Ally (Sabol) and Jen (Cross).