Oct. 25, 2012
The Michigan volleyball Q&A series continues with freshman defensive specialist Lindsey Lerg. The Maize and Blue travel to the Hoosier State this weekend to open the second half of Big Ten play. Michigan is at No. 21 Purdue Friday night (Oct. 26) at 8 p.m. That match will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Michigan is then at Indiana on Saturday night (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m.
Lerg, a native of Farmington Hills, Mich., has played in 21 matches for the Maize and Blue this season. She has 14 service aces on the season, three of those coming in the three-game sweep of Missouri (Aug. 25). Lerg also has 31 digs on the year, including four apiece in wins over Missouri and Central Michigan (Aug. 31).
Lerg sat down to talk about the differences between high school and college volleyball, whether Michigan was a dream school and her favorite Halloween costume.
Q: Growing up in Michigan, was U-M a dream school for you?
A: Well, both of my parents went here, so I grew up liking Michigan. Then the tides kind of turned when two of my cousins went to play hockey at Michigan State, so then there was a big rivalry in the family. Towards the end of junior and senior year, I knew I wanted to go to Michigan. I applied and I got in. That's when I started talking to Mark (Rosen) about actually coming here to play.
Q: What are the big differences between high school and college volleyball?
A: For me, it's definitely that the hitters are hitting the ball a lot harder. They're obviously stronger and more physical than anything I've seen throughout high school or club. The ball comes at a faster pace and you really need to move your feet and get your body around the ball or else you're going to shank it.
Q: A lot of times, you come in to play defense and serve. Do you work on your serve a lot in practice?
A: We definitely work on it a lot in practice. We serve aggressive with the radar guns and BoBo's (serving drill) to make you place your serve in a specific spot. So definitely I work on serving aggressive and placing the ball well so that when I get in a match, I know I can do it because it's what I've been practicing.
Q: You have a large freshman class, but it seems like you are a tight-knit group. Is that the case both on and off the court?
A: Yeah, we definitely are. We hang out in each other's dorm rooms and we all go out to eat together. We're definitely close, I would say closer off the court than we are on, because on the court we play volleyball. But off the court we're all best friends and that's what I love about being here and about my class.
Q: Halloween is right around the corner. What has been your favorite Halloween costume and why?
A: I would say one year I was a Pixie Stick with one of my best friends from elementary school, so our mom's made our costumes. They were just big pieces of paper and we colored them and our faces were the only thing that showed. We went around trick-or-treating and that was probably the best one.
Food ... Noodles
TV Show ... Gossip Girl
Musical artist ... I would say anything country. I can't narrow it down.
Movie ... The Blind Side
Vacation spot ... Anywhere with the sun and the beach.
Class at U-M ... Psychology
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