PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 4, 2013) – Throughout the 2013 season, ScarletKnights.com is conducting Q&A sessions with newcomers, as well as returning members of the Rutgers volleyball team. This installment features freshman defensive specialist Alyssa Ensminger (Aurora, Ill.).
When did you know you could play collegiately?
Freshman year of high school.
How would you describe your style of play?
What motivates you to play volleyball?
My competitive drive and I love the sport.
How have you been adjusting to college life?
I've been adjusting pretty well, it definitely helps having all of my teammates to talk to.
What are you hoping to accomplish in your first year as a Scarlet Knight?
I really want to develop my skills and adjust to the college level of play.
What are the most noticeable differences in transitioning from HS/club to college play?
There are a lot more girls that can hit harder and can serve more aggressively.
What do you think of your teammates and the team dynamic?
I love my teammates; I think everyone is really different which creates a very well-rounded dynamic.
What do you intend on majoring in?
I plan on double majoring in political science and sociology or communications.
What are your career goals?
I would like to work in the field of international politics.
Dig, kill, block or ace…. which is your favorite and why?
Dig for sure, it doesn't get a ton of glory but it can make or break a play.
What is your greatest athletic moment?
Beating Hawaii in the AAU semi-finals last year.
If you could invite three people to dinner in history, who would they be?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wesley Schultz, and David Tennant.
If you could switch places with someone for one day, who would it be?
Anyone who had a backstage pass for Mumford & Sons at Lollapalooza.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
"Just keep taking one more step towards your dream, you can always just take one more step."
Indoor volleyball or beach volleyball?
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Married and starting a family, living in either Chicago, DC or Europe.
Can you identify one or two things you do in your training that you feel are keys to success?
Serve receive reps for lots and lots of practice.
What’s something people don't know about you?
I'm a huge nerd. I love The Great Gatsby, Doctor Who and Vampire Weekend.