Pac-10 Q&A with Carli Lloyd, California's Women's Volleyball

May 7, 2010

 

California setter Carli Lloyd completed her junior campaign in the fall. A native of Bonsall, Calif., she enters her final season in the fall as the Pac-10’s active career leader in assists with 4,313. Lloyd was named a AVCA All-America second team selection in each of the past two seasons. She started all 32 matches as a junior where she totaled 1,371 assists for the season. Her 1,392 assists during her sophomore season ranked as the sixth most single-season in school history. Other honors earned by Lloyd in her career include a second team UnderArmour/Volleyball Magazine selection and she was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week (Oct. 20) in 2008. In 2007, she earned Pac-10 All Freshman Team honors and was named to the NCAA Wisconsin Regional All Tournament team. 

Pac-10: Characterize the spring workouts as the team welcomes a new assistant coach... 
Carli Lloyd: It’s been a little challenging with a new assistant coach (Sam Crosson). He is bringing in new systems and a different coaching style that we are not use to. The road has been a little bumpy but at our last spring tournament, the San Francisco Spring Tournament, last week we probably played some of the best volleyball we have this spring. 

Pac-10: What kind of music is currently on your iPod...
CL: Oh man. I mostly listen to country, but I have some R&B and hip hop on there as well. I even have some music from back in the day like Billy Idol. My favorite artists though are George Straight and Montgomery Gentry. 

Pac-10: If you could trade places for the day with a celebrity or famous athlete who would you choose and why...
CL: The first person that comes to mind is Misty May-Treanor because she is a professional beach volleyball player and playing beach volleyball professionally is one of my goals.

Pac-10: Growing up, who were some of your favorite sports teams to watch...
CL: When I was younger, I watched more track and field then anything else. I enjoyed watching the sprinters in the Olympics. As I got older and became interested in volleyball,  I liked watching Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor play beach volleyball. I would have to say the San Diego Chargers were one of my favorites as well.

Pac-10: Who is your favorite athlete to watch compete and why...
CL:  I know I have already said her a lot, but Misty May-Treanor. If I had to choose someone else I would have to say Michael Jordan. I loved watching him play basketball.

Pac-10: What is a talent that you would most like to have and why...
CL: I wish I was telepathic. I think it would be so cool to be able to read people’s minds. I think being able to fly would be cool, too.

Pac-10: What is your favorite memory as a Golden Bear...
CL:  I would have to say during my freshman year when we beat Nebraska to advance to the NCAA National Semifinals [in Sacramento, Calif]. The feeling was unbelievable and something I will never forget.

Pac-10: What are your plans after college...
CL: After college I plan to continue playing volleyball. I would love the opportunity to compete and travel with the U.S. National Team. Maybe I will be able to play volleyball overseas. I think that would be an interesting experience. Then I would like to play beach volleyball, professionally. After my playing days are done, I would like to be a family or a marriage counselor. I also like working with children so maybe a volleyball coach.

Pac-10: What is the best thing about the university of California...
CL: I would have to say the diversity. Everywhere you walk on campus there is something happening and entertaining. At one corner there can be someone preaching about religion and on the next corner there can be people in trees. It is a good place to people watch, which I like to do.

Pac-10: Who is your funniest teammate and why...
CL:  My roommate, Meagan Schmitt. She always has funny facial expressions and random things to say that will just make you laugh. We have a lot of inside jokes so sometimes she just says something and I start laughing.

Pac-10: What is the sport you are probably worst at...
CL: Tennis. When I was younger, my grandparents had a tennis court in their backyard and my sister, brother and I would play, and I would always hit the ball over the fence. 

Pac-10: Tell me something about you that others would be surprised to know...
CL: That my family raises buffaloes in southern California. 

Pac-10: What is the best advice you have ever received...
CL:  It was when we were playing Iowa State in the national semifinals [in 2007] and one of my teammates said, “This doesn’t always happen. Leave everything you have out on the floor tonight.” 

Pac-10: What is your big pet peeve...
CL: I hate when I am walking and someone steps on the back of my shoes.

Pac-10: What do you miss most about your hometown and why...
CL: I really miss my family because I am really close to my mom and uncle. Even though my uncle comes to every game home or away, I miss the house. My house back home is in the middle of a lot of land kind out in the middle of no where. 

 

 

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