Meet The Cardinal: Karissa Cook

Sept. 18, 2009

Each week GoStanford.com will feature a Q&A with a different member of the 2009 Stanford Women's Volleyball team. This week get to know freshman Karissa Cook.

My goals for this season are…
To become a better player in all areas of the game as well as make my teammates better. I also want to keep the attitude on the court positive and focused whenever I'm out there so that our team can be as successful as possible.

I would love to trade places for a day with…
One of my cats. They get to sleep all day, eat, and snuggle, I'd like that. When you're a cat, every day is a good day.

My favorite team to watch as a kid was…
Not to sound cheesy but I came to a lot of Stanford women's volleyball games growing up since I lived pretty close by in Santa Cruz. I was also a huge [San Jose] Sharks hockey fan when I was a kid, I liked Mike Ricci a a lot for his long hair and his missing teeth.

The talent I’d most like to have is…
Flying. That would be amazing to travel the world, eat lunch on skyscrapers, and of course jump higher than our middles... I'm jealous of their hops.

The best thing about Stanford is…
Everything, and by everything I mean our volleyball team.

My funniest teammate is…
Everyone is hilarious actually, but I'd have to say that the BBC news and Petey interviews done by Charlotte and Gabi take the cake.

The sport I am the worst at is…
Golf. Not a big fan of the sport to be honest, although my entire family loves it. I'm also pretty bad at tennis, but at least it's a fun sport.

My favorite volleyball memory is…
Peppering with my mom, dad, and brother Brian when I was young. The ball control was sketchy, but we always had lots of fun and usually broke things in the living room.

My biggest pet peeve is…
Having no toilet paper left on the roll. That's never ever a good situation.

If I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to…
I would go to Europe or Australia because I've never been overseas and I've always wanted to. My dad lived in Australia for some time and my mom studied abroad in Europe as well, so I've always heard about those places growing up.

The best advice I’ve received was…
To just take a deep breath and relax when things are getting tough. Everything always works out eventually and stressing too much about it will only make it worse.

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