Aug. 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Our third countdown to camp piece features a Q&A with junior Hannah Burkle (Crystal Lake, Ill.). Burkle brings a unique perspective to the team, as she did not begin her college career in Athens. The 6-foot-2-inch middle blocker spent her freshman season at Eastern Kentucky University before transferring to Ohio for her sophomore campaign. Now as a junior, Burkle looks to contribute to the Bobcat blocking game in 2013 and help Ohio reclaim its position at the top of the MAC this season.
Burkle took a few minutes to speak with OhioBobcats.com about growing up with fellow Bobcat Kelly Lamberti, how she practices during the summer and what she's looking forward to most about the 2013 season.
Talk about playing with your Ohio teammate, Kelly Lamberti, throughout your volleyball career.
"I've played with Kelly since around age 12 on our club volleyball team. Her high school also was in my conference so we played against each other during the year. She was a big factor in me coming to Ohio and I stayed with her on my visit. It was nice knowing I already had a good friend in Athens."
What have you enjoyed most about your time at Ohio University?
"I love everything about our school and I love our team. Everyone is really friendly and we're very family oriented. We have great chemistry together."
What have you worked on this summer?
"My focus this summer has been blocking. As a middle, my main goal is to be a good blocker. So I've been working hard to get into good form and getting to where the ball is."
What are some of the ways you can practice blocking when you're not in a team-oriented practice?
"I usually work out in my high school gym and focus on footwork. I'd have friends come in and hit at me while I practiced the blocking footwork."
What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
"I'm really excited about all of the matches. We have an awesome freshmen class and I'm looking forward to just playing again. The open gyms during the summer are fun, but I like having more structured things and having Coach Theis around to help us learn."
How do the open gyms help the team?
"It's great for the upperclassmen to help develop our leadership skills. I know our seniors, Mollie [Geske] and Liis [Kullerkann], have been doing a great job running the open gyms. They've been structured and really beneficial to our team."
Ohio Volleyball begins camp this Saturday (Aug. 10). For more information on the team, follow the Bobcats on Twitter (@Ohio_Volleyball) or like the team's Facebook page.