Two College Volleyball Setters Answer My Interview Questions

College volleyball setters Aubree Smith and Katelyn Steffan open up about life playing on a Division I team


College volleyball setters run the show on their prospective teams.

I asked Aubree Smith, Rachel Vukson and Katelyn Steffan three top setters in  volleyball to answer my interview questions about how athletes live learn and excel in Division I. 


The College Volleyball Setters from the A-10 Conference Answer Interview Questions


Meet Aubree Smith one of the top college volleyball setters in the A-10 conference.

Improve Your Volleyball: What makes you special?

I can clap with one hand and make a three leave clover with my tongue. 

I don't like new kneepads, I can't play in them. My favorite are when they are broken in and worn down a little. 


Improve Your Volleyball: What accessories and/or equipment help you play your best?

I always listen to 'Whats Happenin' by the Ying Yang Twins before every game and I have to have Kathryn Traut tie my ribbon in my hair. 


Improve Your Volleyball: What pregame habits, rituals, or superstitions do you have to do before every game?




Improve Your Volleyball: Who or what inspires you to play well in each match that you play in?

My team inspires me to play well in each match.


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What volleyball awards did Aubree Smith win this week? 

  • Freshman volleyball setter Aubree Smith was honored as Rookie of the Week by the Atlantic 10 Conference for the second consecutive week in a row.
  • Aubree led the Xavier volleyball team to a 2-1 record at the Maryland Invite, helping XU to a pair of 3-0 victories over Quinnipiac and Virginia Commonwealth.
  • The St. Louis, Mo., native, tallied 98 assists in the Musketeers' three matches, along with 10 kills for a .320 hitting percentage, six serviceaces and 17 digs
  • She registered career-highs in assists (38) and aces (5) against VCU,after posting a career-high seven digs versus Quinnipiac.



The College Volleyball Setters from the Mountain West Conference Answer Interview Questions


Meet Katelyn Steffan one of the top college volleyball setters in the Mountain West Conference.

Improve Your Volleyball: What makes you special?

I'd say the fact that I'm 6-4.

Not a lot of girls have a height advantage on me.


Improve Your Volleyball: What accessories and/or equipment help you play your best?

I wear a hair tie on my left shoe. I always play with it there. That way, if one of my teammates or I need it, I'm always prepared.


Improve Your Volleyball: What pregame habits, rituals, or superstitions do you have to do before every game?

I always have to chew gum during warmups, but never during the game.


Improve Your Volleyball: Who or what inspires you to play well in each match that you play in?

I always play for my family, specifically my parents. And also to represent my hometown.


Colorado State Volleyball Coach Tom Hilbert Volleyball Quote about Katelyn

"Kate was the sole reason we won the match," Hilbert said after CSU's five-set thriller on Thursday. "That was the best I've ever seen her play."


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Katelyn Steffan




What volleyball awards did Katelyn Steffan win this week? 

  • Katelyn Steffan was voted the Co Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week by the leagues head volleyball  coaches.
  • Katelyn Steffan had the weekend of her career, and in result, was honored with the Co-Mountain West Player of the Week award, the conference announced Monday.
  • Steffan, led Colorado State University to a 2-0 record last week, maintaining first place in the conference standings after recording 46 kills in two matches.
  • She began the week by setting a career high with 28 kills, shattering her previous high (21) in a 3-2 win over UNLV in Las Vegas on Thursday. She also had two blocks, five digs and an assist in the match. Steffan followed up that performance with 18 kills and five blocksin a 3-1 win at San Diego State on Sunday.  She also had three assists, twoaces and six digs in the televised match from San Diego. 
  • For the week, Steffan averaged 5.11 kills, 0.78 blocks, 1.22 digs and0.44 assists per set, while hitting .400. She averaged 5.72 points per set over nine total sets. 


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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


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