15 Questions With...Leah Blend

15 Questions With...Leah Blend

1. What sport do you play?

Women's Volleyball

2. What is your favorite athletic moment at Wesleyan?

Getting a win against Bluefield State and the game-winning kill on my 21st birthday a few weeks ago.

3. Describe your toughest practice at Wesleyan? 

My sophomore year, our coach told us we could choose as a team to have a three-hour practice, or do a "challenge" in different groups and be able to leave whenever our group was done. Long story short, my group ended up being there for longer than three hours anyways before we finished the challenge. That might have been one of the most physically and mentally exhausting practices I can remember.

4. What is your favorite saying from your head coach Nancy Wheeler?

One of my favorite things that our head coach says is "play fearless." Often, teams are intimidated by the reputation of another team or by a certain aspect of the game. I think that if every player can play 100% fearless, they can be unstoppable.

5. What was or is the favorite class you have taken at Wesleyan, what year was it and who taught the class? 

My favorite class I have taken at Wesleyan has been Kinesiology. Strangely enough, this might have been one of the most challenging classes I've taken as well. I took it my junior year, and it was taught by Dr. Greg. This class was very rewarding because I had to study a lot, but came out with an A in the end.

6. What is your favorite thing about Wesleyan?

My favorite thing about Wesleyan is the small campus feel. I love to walk around and be able to say hi to most of the people I see on my way to class.

7. What was your initial thoughts of Buckhannon when you arrived as a freshman?  

I actually grew up in Buckhannon my whole life, so I knew everything about the town before coming to Wesleyan.  However, I love that Wesleyan can feel like my home away from home, even if my parents are five minutes down the road.

8. What is your greatest strength? Weakness?

I would say my greatest strength is my positivity. I'm good at shaking off a mistake and letting it motivate me to work even harder for the next point. It takes a lot for me to get frustrated on the court, so I try to focus on keeping the positivity of my other teammates up as well. I would say my biggest weakness has been being too timid. From my freshman-junior year, I focused on building up my confidence and aggressiveness on the court.

9. Who is your hero? And Why?

My hero is my wonderful mother. She is my favorite person in the entire world, and I hope to be just like her someday. She beat cancer recently and has handled the situation with such grace. Her strength and attitude through the whole journey is truly inspiring. 

10. What question do you hate to answer?

Either "how tall are you" or "what are your plans after graduation."

11. What is your favorite food? 

This question is a tough one. I would have to say it's a toss-up between sushi and Chipotle.

12. What is your favorite restaurant in the entire world?

Island Way in Oak Island, N.C.

13Favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spot would have to be Eastern Europe. I spent two weeks there this past May and am dying to go back. The food, culture, and scenery is incredible.

14. What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to take a gap year before Grad School so I can try to figure everything out. I love Buckhannon, but after living here my entire life, I'm definitely ready to venture out and explore my options in other areas.

15. What advice you would give to freshmen on your team?

First, I would tell them to not take any of it for granted. Its mind-blowing how fast the time goes by, and before you know it, it'll be your senior year. Second, I would tell them to play with confidence from the beginning. If you are too timid and not confident from the start, there is so much potential that could be lost. Play your heart out always because you only get four years on the court. Lastly, I would tell them to respect the coaches and trainers because they do so much for us behind the scenes that we don't know about.