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Five Sets with Katelyn Evans

  • By Alyssa Cantisani
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  • June 22, 2017 04:37 PM
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The toughest part of transitioning from high school to college …
I came from a really small town where volleyball was not really the biggest sport, so I was basically the best player that they’ve seen in a while. Coming here in the Big 12 there’s a lot of big girls, there’s a lot of good girls, so you’re playing just crazy good competition every night and you’re expected to perform well -  that’s been the toughest thing for me. Just finding that consistency where we’re playing Texas, we’re playing Kansas and those are top teams in the nation.  We have to bring our game and we have to do that consistently every night.
 
On her freshman season …
It was definitely just a lot of learning. It’s kind of forced  - sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way. I’m always trying to find ways to score and to get back to that confidence where I know I can put the ball down in a really tight situation. It was a lot of learning!
 
On what it took to get to this level …
It took a lot of work. I started playing what most people consider late. I started my freshman year of high school. I basically had to catch up to girls like (Erin) Slinde and Payton (Caffrey) and Morgan (Montgomery) and everyone who has been playing since they were in diapers. I had to put in a lot of work, just extra hours, because I’m trying to catch up to where they’ve been.
 
A day in the life of a student-athlete …
On a normal day in season, you wake up around six or seven for lift and then go straight from lift to class. I have class for a couple of hours, then go to practice and film for four or five hours. You go to dinner, then onto study hall. You have your tutor for a couple hours and you do some homework (all that good stuff) and then you go home and start it again. It’s a really long day and time management is really tough. We got here in the summer,  so that was really easy and eased us into it. It’s nothing like the fall, but it does help a lot. You just have to set time aside to do your work and focus on your work then, and then focus on volleyball all the other times.
 
On the future of WVU volleyball …
I think it’ll grow a lot. Just two seasons ago they didn’t win many games and then this season we won a couple more. I think this next season were going to do big things and that’s what are expecting to do. If we don’t, it’s going to be a disappointment for us, especially. We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work, a lot of good, hard work, to grow and get better. I expect us to be a tournament team consistently in the next couple years. 

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