By Murray Gleffe, Sports Correspondent
Name: Alyssa Bath
What is it like to be a leader on the volleyball team at Ashwaubenon?
“It can be challenging to be a leader but it is a very fun role to fill. In order to be a leader at Ashwaubenon, you must set a good example for everyone in the program. It is very important to remain positive on the court, whether our team is having an on or off day.”
What is the most embarrassing moment ever in volleyball?
“My most embarrassing moment was during my first tournament ever on a club team when I was 14. I was already really nervous because it was my first game. It was game point and the other team was serving. They served the ball to me and I ran up to get the ball. The ball was a float serve though and didn’t drop. I realized this too late and tried to put my platform up but completely missed the ball. I was so embarrassed.”
How many years have you been involved in volleyball?
“This is my sixth year playing volleyball. I started playing the first year it was offered at Ashwaubenon in seventh grade.”
What is your most memorable moments in volleyball?
“My most memorable moment for volleyball is actually pretty recent. This year the varsity team attended a UWGB team camp. The last day of camp we played in a tournament. We had to face Luxemburg Casco and were definitely seen as the underdogs. We ended up playing really well as a team and took down LC and placed first in the tournament.”
What is the hardest aspect about volleyball?
“The hardest aspect is the mental game. Obviously, every game can’t be perfect and some players will have an off day. It can be very hard at times to remain positive but it is crucial in order to succeed.”
If you could be somebody for one day who would it be?
“I would want to be Ed Sheeran for a day because I have liked his music since middle school and have gone to two of his concerts. It would be fun to experience being famous and a good singer for one day.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I am not quite sure where I want to go for college or even what I want to major in. I do know though, that I want my major to involve math or science.”
What would be your dream job once you graduate?
“It would be super cool to work with dogs or cats because I actually wanted to become a veterinarian when I was younger. Even though I love animals, I am not quite sure if I want to pursue that career.”
What are your hobbies?
“I love going shopping with my friends and I also like spending time with my pets.”
What is your favorite sporting event ever attended?
“Every year the Ashwaubenon volleyball program works the state volleyball tournament. It is our responsibility to ball shag and sell T-shirts. I volunteer to ball shag and this means I get to watch all of the state level volleyball games. This has to be my favorite sporting event I attended because I get to watch the best high school teams in Wisconsin play.”
What is your favorite kind of music?
“My favorite genre is indie pop and favorite artists are Børns and MisterWives.”
What is your favorite thing to do on your phone?
“My favorite thing to do on my phone is definitely Snapchat.”
What three words best describe you?
“Hard-working, independent, friendly”
What is your favorite trip ever taken?
“My favorite trip has to be this summer to Hawaii with the high school band. It was so fun to experience new things with my close friends. I really did not want to come home from that trip.”
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Comments from Jaguar Head Volleyball Coach, Megan Wierschke,
“Alyssa has always been a pleasure to coach and I’m going to miss her outgoing personality in the gym after the season. She showed such potential as a freshman that I pulled her up onto JV. She split time with Varsity her sophomore year and has been our full-time libero ever since. Alyssa is one of the senior captains this season. The team is reliant on her constant communication, leadership, and consistency.
She’s one of the hardest working athletes we have in the gym. Alyssa is incredibly coachable and will try anything to up her game. She puts in so many hours in the summer and is still the first to volunteer when and whenever needed. She assists her teammates and underclassmen without hesitancy. Alyssa represents what we aim for in all Jaguar student-athletes.”