Nov. 6, 2013
The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team opens a four-match road trip with a pair of matchups in the state of Illinois. The Wolverines will face Illinois on Wednesday night (Nov. 6) at 6:30 p.m. CST at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Maize and Blue then visits Northwestern on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 10) at 1 p.m. CST inside Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.
This week, sophomore defensive specialist Lindsey Lerg talks about her favorite volleyball moment at U-M, the differences in her second year in school and her pre-match routines.
Q: What have been the big differences between your freshman and sophomore seasons?
A: I think volleyball-wise, a lot of it is the same. The transition from high school and club to college was difficult, but now that I'm used to it and used to the coaching styles, that part of the transition is easy. Living off campus is a little different. I'm in my own apartment and have to cook, clean and do everything for myself. That's more of a grown up situation. I like it a lot, and I love my apartment and everything about it, so it's really been cool.
Q: What has been your favorite volleyball moment in your time at Michigan?
A: Obviously the Final Four. I loved it. I thought it was so much fun. Just to be treated how we were. We were celebrities for a few days. It was so great. Other than that, I would say our win over Nebraska at home last year, coming back from being down 2-0 in front of our home crowd. That was a turning moment in our season that took us to the Final Four.
Q: How would you describe this year's team?
A: I don't want to sound cliché, but I would say family, and I know that whenever we are hosting a recruit, we say family at least 20 times when talking to them, because that's what we strive to be. We really are. Sometimes we get in petty fights like sisters would, but most of the time we always have each other's backs. It's really a big family atmosphere, and that's what I love about it.
Q: The team is on the road for the next two weeks. What are the big differences to playing on the road and what adjustments do you have to make?
A: Traveling is always a little bit stressful for everyone because you never want to forget anything. Time management is so crucial and being able to do homework on the road, it gets difficult, especially when you're missing classes. Personally, I obviously love playing in Cliff Keen and love playing in front of a home crowd, but playing against other crowds is so much fun. You hear all of their little comments and are laughable most of the time.
Q: Do you have any superstitions or pre-match routines?
A: I really don't have anything major. I put my shoes on the same way ever since I was little. I'll put on my right sock before my left sock, then my right knee pad before my left one. If I put my left shoe on first, it feels a little weird. During the serving warm-up, I'll always serve the last ball short and run to the huddle. That's about it.
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