As I continue to introduce the newest members of the Terrapin volleyball team as the season nears it start, Amy Dion is the center of this week's installment. Dion was a two-time AAU All-American with her club team, Sky High. The native of Algonquin, Ill., helped Sky High capture two AAU national titles in 2010 and 2011.
Q: When looking at colleges, what stood out to you about Maryland and made it the best choice for you?
I love the style of the campus and the history of it. Being from the Midwest, we don't have schools that have this kind of architecture with the red brick and white pillars. I think it looks so cool! So right way that's what I drew me to the campus. The journalism school also did it. It's so prestigious and the technology the school has is amazing. I just loved everything about UMD.
Q: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? What are you looking to improve upon prior to the start of the season?
The strongest part of my game would have to be my defense and I think my leadership. I'm not the type of person to sit back, follow and just let things happen. I tend to be a go-getter and that can either be seen as a great thing or a not so good thing. I really want to work on getting stronger and faster, hopefully quicken my reactions to get to those balls that no one thinks are possible to get to.
Q: What has been your favorite volleyball experience to date?
My favorite volleyball experience would have to be winning my first AAU National Championship. I've never been so full of emotion in my life. Winning that was everything I've ever dreamed of since I started playing volleyball when I was 9 years old. I'll never forget that day.
Q: Are you superstitious?
I don't like to wash my kneepads during the season. Sometimes it's just a must and there's no way around it. It's so bad, but now that I don't have my mom sneaking them out of my bag to wash them, I'll just have to worry about my teammates, sorry guys.
Q: You said you hope to make it big one day on ESPN. What attracts you to sports broadcasting?
I love talking in front of crowds. People think it's strange, but I love it and to be around sports, something that has been a huge part of my life for basically my entire life sounds so exciting! I want to be around sports for the rest of my life, so being a broadcaster would be the perfect way to do that!
Q: If you did not play volleyball, what sport would you play?
Softball, I love softball! I played softball and basketball until freshman year, but then gave it all up for volleyball. I miss softball the most. I thought about going back to it a couple times, but volleyball has always been my first love.
Q: If a celebrity played you in a movie, who would it be and why?
Cameron Diaz is the celebrity that would play me because she's awesome and I would want someone as talented and gorgeous as she is to play me, just to make me look better.
Q: What TV show are you embarrassed to admit that you watch?
The Bachelorette, I know how stupid it is and how fake it is, but I just can't help myself. It is so addicting to watch! It just draws you in and doesn't let you miss an episode!
Q: What is something that most people do not know about you?
I was prom queen my senior year. I know it may be shocking, so not like me, but I didn't have any say in it! The school votes!
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only have three things, what would they be?
Endless amounts of Lou Malnati's, Portillos (Chicago thing) and my family, I'd survive then!