Meet The Cardinal: Janet Okogbaa

Nov. 5, 2008

Janet Okogbaa is a junior middle blocker from Tampa, Fla. who has been a vital part of Stanford's success this season. She has stepped into the starting lineup and immediately made an impact both offensively and defensively. She stands fifth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.365) and second on the team with 60 blocks. Two weeks ago at USC, Janet pounded 12 kills to lead the team to victory, marking her first career performance in double figures.

Describe where you're from. What is the biggest difference between California and Florida?

I'm from Tampa Palms, a small community with lots of palm trees (as you may imagine) and alligators! Besides the gators, I'd have to say the biggest difference between California and Florida is that hurricane season is slightly less of a threat on the west coast. I have been fortunate enough to never have suffered major damage from a hurricane, but I will never forgive Hurricane Opal for blowing away my state-of-the-art birdfeeder that I made in the 1st grade!

Anything you're 'addicted to' or spend a lot of time doing?

I will shamelessly admit that I am 'addicted' to the TV show, 'Lost.' I started watching 'Lost' the summer before I came to Stanford and my life hasn't been the same since! I own the first three seasons on DVD, and soon the fourth once it is released on December 9th 2008. I like to consider myself a 'Lost' evangelist, lending my DVDs to others and spreading the addiction. It's an amazing show and I'd definitely be 'lost' without it!

When did you start playing volleyball?

I started playing volleyball in the 6th grade. Seeing as I was already 6 feet tall by the time I started middle school, I got a lot of pressure from the volleyball and basketball coaches to join the team. I tried out basketball for a couple of days but I felt like my 'personal bubble' was being invaded too frequently for my liking, so volleyball it was! I couldn't be happier with my choice!

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