Cardinal Capsule: Leahi Hall

Oct. 26, 2001


Leahi Hall

Sport: Volleyball
Year: Freshman
Height: 5-8
Events: Defensive Specialist
Hometown: Haiku, Hawaii
High School:King Kekaulike
Major: Undecided
Stanford Athletics Highlights:2000 Maui Interscholastic League Player of the Year ... 1999 and 2000 first-team MIL ... Team captain in '99 and '00 ... Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and one-year letterwinner in track and basketball ... Helped team to the final four in the state volleyball tournament.



Stanford volleyball team will be fun to watch this year because:
We have a wonderfully talented group of athletes who continually inspire me with their athletic ability and tremendous volleyball skills, an awesome new coach who we all are so grateful to have and because we have awesome cheers during the games.


For me to improve as a player I need to:
Continually improve in all the aspects a defensive specialists must participate in during the game and to also support my team as much as I can.


The thing I like about sports is:
Defending the pride of your school and pushing yourself and your teammates to your physical and mental best.


If I could add one team to the schedule it would be:
Hawai'i, it would be quite an experience to play in front of the thousands of Hawai'i fans that come out to every match the Wahine play, not to mention the fact that it would give me the opportunity to return to the Hawaiian islands.


The most difficult opposing arena to play in is:
So far it has definitely been USC, where heckling fans stood directly behind the bench and taunted the team the entire match, not to mention the fact that their band repeatedly played the same USC fight songs. It was surely not an agreeable experience for the ears.


A friend from another college volleyball team:
Bekka McLachlin in Utah, Leilani AuHoon in So. Cal, and Pualani Sur in Hawaii.


Favorite professor:
Gerhard Casper, Introduction to the Humanities.


Favorite midnight snack:
Snickers or li hing mui snacks from Hawaii.


What makes Maples Pavilion so special:
Definitely the bouncy floor and the feeling of being at home and defending your court while you play.


If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Instant Oatmeal, Instant Lunch (Ramen), Cereal, and Fruits


Favorite T.V. show:
The Practice


My parents were right when they told me:
To get a refrigerator (for all the midnight snacks) and a bike (when its 8:50 and you have a class at 9:00, there's no way you will make it on time without a bike).


Favorite website:
gostanford.com


I'd like to switch places for a day with:
I would enjoy trading places with Ogonna Nnamani. I'm totally in awe of her athletic ability, her unbelievable people skills, her extreme kindness and her sense of humor. A day has not passed where I have not doubled over in hysterical laughter as a result of her great stories,jokes and imitations, and because of this I would love to know whatgoes through her mind and how she comes up with all of the comedian-like things she does day in and day out.


Favorite non-volleyball activity:
Participting in any type of sport, dancing, being around my teammates and eating!


My most prized possession is:
The pictures of my wonderful family and phenomenal friends from backhome.


If you were going on a road trip and could only take one cd, which one would you take:
Definitely a mixed CD of Hawaiian songs, a little rap, and some R&B.


The best advice I ever received was:
All that I have learned from my parents, they are my main role modelsin life and I hope to one day be as wonderful and successful as they are.


Opponent you would most like to beat:
Whoever is in the NCAA finals on December 15 in San Diego!


The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform:
Tiger Woods


If I could go up against any other Stanford athlete (non women's volleyball) it would be:
I wouldn't want to go up against any other Stanford athlete, they are all much too good at their individual sports. I would much rather watch any Stanford athlete or team take on an opponent from another school.


Favorite actor:
Adam Sandler


Favorite actress:
Julia Stiles


If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:
THE FOOD! I miss the local Hawaiian food that I had grown accustomed to for the past 17 years of my life, there is definitely nothing like it!


Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
To avoid Wilbur dining at all costs, to be VERY careful riding your bike on campus ,and to try and meet as many of the wonderfully unique and amazingly bright people within Stanford's community as possible.


One moment in history I wish I could have seen:
Any moment from 40 to 60 years ago so that I could have seen the faces of the family members who my parents were surrounded by, but who passed on before I had the opportunity to meet.


After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remembered as:
A hardworking player who contributed all she could to the team.


Ten years from now I hope to be:
I hope to have a job I enjoy going to everyday and to be surrounded bymy happy and healthy family.


Favorite Food:
Hawaiian food!


Least Favorite Food:
Raw seafood.


Favorite sport other than volleyball:
I enjoy watching and participating in all sports, but if I had the chance and the ability, I would have loved to been apart of a football team.


If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Pay my college tuition, help my parents retire earlier than they expect to, and donate the rest to charity (to medical research and to the hungry and impoverished).

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