Nov. 21, 2013
The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team returns to Cliff Keen Arena for two key Big Ten Conference matchups. The Maize and Blue hosts Minnesota on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Michigan then faces Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. This week, senior Molly Toon talks about her favorite volleyball moment at Michigan, her sister's first year of playing college volleyball and the close-knit group of seniors on this year's team.
Q: What has been your favorite volleyball moment in your time at Michigan?
A: Definitely the Final Four. It was awesome. It was something that not very many people get to experience and the fact that I got to go and experience it with such a great group of people was the best part.
Q: It's your fourth year with this class. How has the chemistry within the senior class helped the team?
A: I think our class has really made it a priority to create certain chemistry and a certain environment for the new players to come into. I think that how close we are, since we are all on the same page and since we are seniors now, it is just setting the example of how to treat each other, or how to work, or how to create the environment that we need to have to be successful.
Q: Your sister Syndey played her first year of volleyball at UW-Whitewater. What advice did you give her about oollegiate volleyball that maybe your older sister gave to you?
A: I think she has a very different mindset when it comes to playing. I think that one thing I have told her is have fun and do something you love, and I think she really had a great time this year and is just enjoying it. She had a great time.
Q: If you had to describe this year's team in one word, what would it be and why?
A: I'd say family, because we are such a close-knit group and we really do care about each other. We are like sisters, we get into arguments but then the next day it's totally fine. We are always supporting each other we want to see each other succeed and that is pretty awesome.
Q: Do you have any superstitions or pre-match routines?
A: I really don't. It changes from day to day. I am superstitious outside of volleyball, but I really don't have one thing that I do. Whenever I spill the salt I throw it over my left shoulder, but that's about it. And if I say something and I don't want it to happen I knock on wood. I do that one all the time.
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