Off the Court with Jalen Pendon

Oct. 19, 2005

Jalen Pendon is a freshman libero on the Cougar volleyball team from Spanaway, Wash. Jalen graduated from Spanaway Lake High a semester early so that she could begin classes at Washington State in January of this year. Her impact on the WSU volleyball team's success is very evident as she has already tied a school record for most digs in a match with 34. Her 4.58 digs per game average is third-best in the Pac-10 as of Oct. 19 and she has reached double-figure digs in 18 of 20 matches played to date with season total of 325 digs. Here are twenty questions with answers from Jalen Pendon.

Favorite Color - It's between yellow and orange so I think it would be yellow.

Favorite Athlete - Michael Jordan

Favorite Movie or book - White Chicks with the Wayans brothers

Favorite Class at WSU - Gen Ed 110 with Miss Glynn

Favorite Professional team - I have to stick with my Sonics basketball team.

Most prized possession - My MP3 player.

Which TV reality show could you see yourself on? MTV Road Rules.

Who makes you laugh? My teammates. And Mo (Maureen Perez). She's just crazy and the things she says is so random and just funny.

Are you superstitious about preparing before a match? No. I just get dressed and I'm ready to go.

What's in your iPod or CD player right now? Usher and Kanye West

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 30 - Travel the world. Go to all the different continents and see everything. I want to see everything.

Pet peeves? When we're sitting at a table and someone accidentally kicks my leg and it makes me jump. And I hate it when people do that. Or when somebody taps me twice on the shoulder, I don't like that either.

Favorite dessert - The Olive Garden's Tiramisu (a cold Italian dessert that features Mascarpone cheese and Ladyfingers cake that traditionally is chocolate in flavor).

Most frequently dialed number on my cell phone that is not a relative: Dustin, a friend from home. He's moved to Hawai'i to go to school.

Convertible, SUV or pick-up truck? A nice SUV.

Win a big lottery cash prize, your first vacation location? Go to Jamaica. I've never been but seen it in the movies and I want to go.

What is your worst habit? Biting my fingernails. And cracking my knuckles. I do that a lot when I get nervous.

A word or phrase you use way too much? Tell me why? I always say, 'Tell me why?' before I say something.

Dream job: I really don't know. I'm undecided about my major right now because I really don't know. One that pays a lot of money.

What advice would you give a young volleyball player? Never give up. When faced with adversity, never give up. Keep trying. I have followed that advice. Two knee surgeries and I'm still going.

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