Cardinal Capsule: Tara Conrad

Dec. 6, 2001


Tara Conrad

Sport: Volleyball
Year: Senior
Height: 6-3
Events: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.
High School:West
Major: American Studies
Stanford Athletics Highlights:2001 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection ... 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... Leads team in total blocks this season ... Second in the league in blocks per game ... Ranks second among active league leaders in career blocks ... 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection ... 1999 Pacific Region All-Tournament pick.



Stanford volleyball team will be fun to watch this year because:
We have a lot of team energy and our team really loves to compete.


For me to improve as a player I need to:
Focus on making sure I close the block with my feet.


The thing I like about sports is:
The companionship you find within your team.


If I could add one team to the schedule it would be:
Nebaska, I would love to take a swing at them before the NCAA tournament.


The most difficult opposing arena to play in is:
Washington State, the crowd is close to the court and not too friendly.


A friend from another college volleyball team:
I am good friend with Ashley Bowles from UCLA. We played club together for four years in high school. We try to get together whenever we get the chance.


Favorite midnight snack:
Donuts from Happy Donuts. Open 24 hrs!!


What makes Maples Pavilion so special:
The crowd is awesome and it is fun to have your friends there to root you on. And of course there is always, the bouncy floor.


If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Pasta


Favorite T.V. show:
Friends


My parents were right when they told me:
I can do whatever I put my mind to.


Favorite website:
www.tallgirlshop.com - Clothing for all of us with along inseam.


I'd like to switch places for a day with:
Anthony Gabriel, I want to know what its like to play football.


Favorite non-volleyball activity:
Camping and watching movies.


My most prized possession is:
A necklace given to me on my 20th birthday from my boyfriend.


If you were going on a road trip and could only take one cd, which one would you take:
It is way to hard to pick. I would have to take a mixed CD.


Opponent you would most like to beat:
Whoever is in our way to a National Championship!


The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform:
Kerri Walsh, she is the best volleyball payer I have ever hard the honor of playing with. And also Anthony Gabriel (Stanford Football), he is really competitive and fun to watch.


If I could go up against any other Stanford athlete (non women's volleyball) it would be:
Zack Quaccia (Stanford Football Center), I'd want to see if I could knock him over.


Favorite actor:
Tom Hanks, he can take on any role.


Favorite actress:
Julia Roberts, she is funny and not as generic looking as a lot of actresses.


If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:
El Sombrero, the best Mexican food you could ever want!


Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
That college is the best opportunity to make life long friends.


One moment in history I wish I could have seen:
Jesus walk on water.


Ten years from now I hope to be:
Working, married with kids and loving in Southern California.


Favorite Food:
Strawberries, and Ebleskeavers (funny little pancakes) --and that isn't how you spell it!


Least Favorite Food:
Peas.


Favorite sport other than volleyball:
Soccer, especially at night when it smells like wet grass.


If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Buy a new house, get a new car and invest the rest.

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