Aug. 20, 2008
Freshman Q&A Index
By Scott Latta
UA Media Relations
There will be five standout rookies on Alabama's Volleyball squad this fall, making up a class that PrepVolleyball.com, ranks as the 27th-best in the country, saying Alabama "added depth, versatility and athleticism" to the program.
Rolltide.com caught up with each of Alabama's new comers to see how they were getting acclimated to college life, what went into the recruiting process, and what their expectations for 2008 were.
Today we catch up with Lauren Wintzinger, a 5-foot-11-inch defender and outside hitter, who comes to the University of Alabama from Huntsville.
UA: Why did you choose Alabama?
Lauren: Closeness was a big factor, because I have a really close family. I've basically grown up an Alabama fan my whole life, so it was an easy decision to make. It feels like family here and the coaches and players are really nice and I just felt at home here. It was an easy decision for me.
UA: How did your family react to your college decision?
Lauren: My parents were really excited that I picked Alabama. They wanted me to make my own decision but they secretly in their hearts wanted me to go to Bama. My dad was extremely excited.
UA: What was your mindset going into your first college workout and what did you get out of it?
Lauren: I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn't know how hard it would be. I knew it would be harder than high school. It was really hard. I learned that I need to drink a lot more water, because I got dehydrated and had to go to the hospital. But I'm good now. I learned my lesson.
UA: How long were you in the hospital?
Lauren: I was in the hospital for about an hour or two. I fell asleep because they gave me a nausea shot so I went out of it for awhile. My family kind freaked out. My dad called me about every five seconds asking, `Where are you? Are you alright? Where are you? Are you there yet?' It was not the best thing for my first workout.
UA: What's going to be the biggest adjustment having to make the switch from playing on a high school level to playing in the SEC?
Lauren: My town in Huntsville, we played a couple really good teams and the rest were really below average. In the SEC, everyone's good, and every match is going to be really tough and exciting and intense. It's going to be a lot of fun.
UA: How has it been different living on your own in the dorm so far?
Lauren: It's been different because I'm used to being around a big family and not being on my own, but it's been fun and my roommates have been fun. But I do have limited time with schooling and volleyball so I have to organize and schedule my time wisely.
UA: What high school accomplishment are you most proud of?
Lauren: Winning a state championship my senior year. It was really exciting. We weren't ranked first in the state, and we were the underdogs and came back and won my senior year and it was a really proud moment for me.
UA: What goals do you have for your freshman year?
Lauren: My biggest goal is to just help the team as much as I can and make the team the best as it can be, and also to keep developing as an athlete and reach the best skill level I can. To get in better shape in workouts. I'm really excited about the season starting.
UA: Do you have a major yet?
Lauren: I'm doing chemical engineering. I've always liked chemistry and math and it's sounds interesting, so we'll see.