Q&A With Softball Catcher Nikki Smith

March 1, 2006

Q: How is the team coming together after losing 5 seniors?
Nikki Smith: We're looking good. We had a good team last year, we have a good team this year. We have a lot more depth, it's exciting seeing it come together on the field.

Q: How are you preparing for the games?
Nikki Smith: We've been training hard all fall and winter with weights and conditioning. We are doing a lot of new drills, with a lot of new philosophies and discipline.

Q: How is the transition going with the new coaching staff?
Nikki Smith: It's going great, they [Coach Watten and assistant coaches Smith and Cornett] are really challenging us mentally and physically to get the best out of us. They are always pushing us to get the most out of our abilities and the most out of life.

Q: What kind of workouts have they been giving you?
Nikki Smith: We've been doing a lot of mental training with videos and worksheets, and on the field a lot of conditioning. When you feel like you can't go anymore, they just push us that extra step just for us to realize that we can do anything we put our minds to.

Q: What do you feel your roll is as a senior?
Nikki Smith: I feel like I am in a leadership role, that I should step up and keep things positive. Keep the energy level high and just have a positive attitude all around.

Q: Which If you could have one song played as you entered the stadium, what would it be?
Nikki Smith: AC/DC's Back in black.

Q: Would you rather hit the game winning homerun, or make the game winning defensive play?
Nikki Smith: If I did them both in one game I would retire. But, I would rather make a game winning diver to save the game.

Q: What has been your most memorable game as a Terp
Nikki Smith: When we beat Georgia last year in the last inning.

Q: Describe each of the seniors in one word?
NS: Crystal - mothering; Rachel - entertaining; and Natalie - keep you on your toes.

Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
Nikki Smith: To work with kids in a counseling capacity.

Q: What will you miss the most about Maryland Softball after you graduate?
Nikki Smith: Just going out and playing everyday at the high level that we play here.

Q: Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
Nikki Smith: I usually listen to the same music, usually old rock like AC/DC, Van Halen, Rope, and Lasso.

Q: What is your favorite stadium to play at other than the Terrapin Softball Complex?
Nikki Smith: I like the University of Georgia's stadium.

Q: What's your favorite play in softball?
Nikki Smith: I love double plays up the middle.

Q: What is your advice to the incoming freshmen?
Nikki Smith: Keep working hard. They all have great attitudes, so just keep with it, it just gets better.

Q: What's your favorite thing about going on the road?
Nikki Smith: The bus rides, playing the iPod game.

Q: Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Nikki Smith: Miguel Tejada.

Q: Who is you favorite athlete at Maryland?
Nikki Smith: I would say Medley McGuire or Keri Lounge, because they are fun to be around, and they always work hard.

Q: Describe the Maryland softball team in one word?
Nikki Smith: Crazy!

Q: Which teammate makes you laugh the hardest?
Nikki Smith: Probably Medley McGuire.

Q: If you could have 50 of anything what would want?
Nikki Smith: Study hall hours.

Q: If you could be on any reality TV show which one would you choose?
Nikki Smith: I would probably choose Road Rules, because I like to go out and do crazy stunts.

Q: If there was one person you could meet, living or dead, who would it be?
Nikki Smith: My grandfather.

Q: In a movie about your softball career who would play you and what would the title be?
Nikki Smith: I would probably have my little cousin play me because she looks up to me, and we look a little bit alike, and I would steal the title "For the Love of the Game."