This is the ninth in a 10-part series profiling the returning members of the reigning Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Ohio University volleyball team. Rising senior libero Sarah Petrulis led the Bobcats with an average of 3.42 digs per set last season. She enters the 2009 season needing 367 digs to become just the ninth player in program history to tally 1,000 for her career. To see a photo gallery of Sarah in action during the 2008 season, please click here.
Ohiobobcats.com: What have you been up to since last season ended? Anything interesting or exciting?
Sarah Petrulis: Since last season ended, I’ve been keeping up on my studies and trying to decide what career I’d like to pursue with my exercise physiology degree.
Ohiobobcats.com: How do you feel the spring season went, both for the team and for you as an individual?
SP: I think the spring season went very well, especially compared to last year. We learned a lot about each other and who we are as a team. Having the few people we had brought us closer as a team and family. For me, the spring went pretty smoothly. We worked a lot on passing technique and secondary setting. Oh, how I love secondary setting. It was also a good time to get to know my fellow defensive specialists better.
Ohiobobcats.com: If you had to pick one area of the game that you improved upon most during the spring season, what would it be?
SP: I would say I improved on secondary setting the most during the spring season, trying to work on having those ‘setter hands.’
Ohiobobcats.com: Is there anything specific that you’ll look to work on this summer to help you out when the season starts in the fall?
SP: I’m looking forward to working on my tan this summer … but really, I’m going to put a lot of work in on my serve.
Ohiobobcats.com: When you look ahead to the 2009 season, what are you most excited about?
SP: I’m most excited about preseason. We’re going to the hometowns of several people on our team, and it’s always fun to see where someone grew up.
Ohiobobcats.com: What are some of the goals that you have as an individual for next fall?
SP: Really, I just want to dig more balls and be better at setting.
Ohiobobcats.com: Any exciting plans for the summer before two-a-days start?
SP: This summer, I’ll be doing a practicum where I’ll be shadowing a nurse practitioner. This will hopefully give me some guidance towards what I want to do in life, as well as give me some credit hours towards school. Other than that, I’m planning on catching up on my sleep from the past six months.
Ohiobobcats.com: When you’re not on the volleyball court, what are you most likely doing?
SP: If I’m not on the court, I’m either hanging out with my friends, watching random TV shows that my roommate thinks are funny, or I’m studying at Grover.
Ohiobobcats.com: Are you a fan of any other sports? What teams or players do you follow?
SP: I love basketball. The Cavs are my favorite team, since I’m from Cleveland, and I’m praying that Lebron will be staying for just a little longer. I’m still bitter that they lost in the conference finals.
Ohiobobcats.com: Complete this sentence: ‘The best thing about being a Bobcat is ...’
SP: ... the great college atmosphere.