Hoya Headliner with Field Hockey's Kristen Volpe
April 22, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior forward Kristen Volpe (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and the Georgetown University field hockey team has just wrapped up their spring season that saw them go 3-1 at the University of Richmond Tournament, playing without a goalkeeper. Volpe will be the Hoyas leading-returning scorer (5 goals in '08) when she enters her senior season for the Hoyas in the fall. Before the fall season Volpe took time out of her schedule to let the GUHoyas.com readers get more familiar with her away from the field.
HH: What is your favorite thing about playing collegiate field hockey? KV: Just being about to play the sport I love for a school I love.
HH: Do you have any pre-game rituals? KV: I'm trying not to be a superstitious person. I stepped on the seal today.
HH: What is your favorite pre-game song? KV: I love the beginning of Teenage Wasteland (The Who's Baba O'Riley)
HH: At what age did you start playing sports? KV: I started taking gymnastics classes for fun at three and started more team oriented sports around five.
HH: Was field hockey your favorite sport growing up? KV: I started playing field hockey in seventh grade. When I got to high school it was hard doing both competitive gymnastics and playing field hockey, but with field hockey it gave me a chance to be part of a team, play a sport I loved, do well in school and also have a social life.
HH: What has been your greatest moment of your athletic career been thus far? KV: Winning my first New Jersey state championship in gymnastics at 10.
HH: Who do you look to for advice? KV: My Dad. He loves sports, my best friends, and he always pumps me up no matter what's going on. Also, my sister, she played field hockey at Lehigh, so she's been there and experienced it so she can give sound advice.
HH: Tell me something about your hometown?
KV: My family owns a seasonal ice cream and grill shack called Cream King. It's over 50 years old and has small town tradition feel to it. Everyone who knows me knows I like to talk about that a lot.
HH: What is your favorite album and why? KV: Under Summer Sun by Matt Wertz
HH: If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why? KV: The Real World. I just think I could be an original character?
HH: Who on the team do you rely on the most? KV: Annika Bannon. She's very put together and organized which is kind of the opposite of me. She's a dependable, reliable person in general, very hard working and someone you'd want to back you up.
HH: What's your biggest pet peeve in life? KV: Stupid questions.
HH: What is the strangest fact about you? KV: I was born in a tornado. My Mom was in the hospital and the power went out. It was in New Jersey and tornadoes are rare.
HH: Who is your most interesting teammate? KV: It's either Ai (Nishino) or Bailey (DeWitt). Ai came in as this quiet girl and more recently she has been opening up to the team and is always really supportive. Bailey is a west coast kid with all of us east coasters. She works really hard and I'm always impressed by her in practice.
HH: What is your favorite movie? KV: The Lion King
HH: If you could you trade lives with anyone right now, who would it be? KV: A powerful woman with the resources to impact the world or Coach Hess
HH: What has been your favorite class at Georgetown? KV: Management Organizational Behavior with Professor Tinsley.
HH: Your favorite thing about going to school in D.C.? KV: I love the fact that you're in D.C., but you don't feel like you're in a city. Also, I love all the monuments and the National Mall. I feel like I get spoiled with friends visiting who are traveling through.
HH: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? KV: Italy and eat food for two weeks straight.
HH: Freshman dorm? KV: Harbin 5...Hurricane Harbin.
HH: Favorite Georgetown restaurant? KV: J. Paul's you can always go out with a big group. I love eating out with friends.
HH: Who is your biggest rival? KV: Villanova, but personally Lehigh because my sister played there. I played against her twice. She was a center back and I was a center forward, so she was marking me the whole game. My Dad painted his face half blue and half brown. My sister won both games, but I schooled her in both.
HH: What is one word people use to describe you? KV: Hardworking.
HH: Who is someone who fans would overlook in their importance to the team? AB: Our strength coach Brian Hess. He deserves a lot more than just a shout out.
HH: Favorite quote from coach? KV: Really?...or Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are