Athlete Spotlight: Kaitlyn Marino


By Louis Galdos
Elm Staff Writer

Marino hails from Redding, Conn.and plays outside hitter for the Washington College Shorewomen. She is a dominate force on the team. Last year, as a freshman, she was ranked second on the team with 2.18 kills per set and averaged 0.33 blocks per set as well. Now as a sophomore, she has been named the Centennial Conference Player of the week twice for the week of Sept. 6, 2016, and the week of Sept. 12, 2016 as well as being named the Shorewoman of week for last November, and the week of Sept.13th, 2016.

Louis: What made you interested in playing volleyball?
Marino: I first started playing volleyball in middle school when a friend convinced me to go to an open gym with her. After my first time playing, I was hooked.
Louis: How does it feel to be named Centennial Conference Player of the Week for the second week straight? And Shorewoman of the week?
Marino: It is an absolutely incredible feeling .When I found out I was speechless. There is so much work that has gone into this season already for us as a team and to be recognized is truly outstanding.
Louis: Looking back did you imagine you would be in this position?
Marino: I had no idea I would be in this position, with Kristin leaving I knew I had big shoes to fill.
Louis: What is your pregame ritual?
Marino: Before a game, I listen to music, hang with my teammates and try to think about what things I need to do during the game to be effective.
Louis: What have you done in the off-season to produce the way you have this season?
Marino: In the off season I trained six days a week and played a lot of grass doubles volleyball.
Louis: Pros and cons of playing college volleyball?
Marino: College volleyball is an amazing experience. Coming in as a freshman, you instantly have people to rely on and ask questions. Our team specifically is very close and it makes everything so much better because we do spend so much time together. The only con I can think of is that there are a lot of time management skills involved in being a college athlete and sometimes that can get a little tricky, but there is always a solution.Louis: Favorite professional athlete?
Marino: This may be kind of predictable but Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Louis: Goals for the season?
Marino: Our goal for this season is to make the conference playoffs, and were looking to push to do just that. We come into the gym everyday with the attitude that if we give 100 percent we’re going to get better, and we have gotten so much better since day 1 of preseason. Also we really want to keep up the work in the classroom, and we are going for the AVCA All academic team award once again!

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