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Q & A with Volleyball Captain Kellie Barnum

Captain Kellie Barnum

Captain Kellie Barnum

Sept. 12, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. -

Kellie Barnum, a junior setter from Pacific Palisades, California, serves as captain of the volleyball team. The Harvard-Westlake product is enrolled in the Carroll School of Management pursuing a degree in business. Barnum ranks seventh on BC's all-time assists list with 1,431. She took some time out of her schedule to sit down with and answer a few questions.

Q: What does it mean to you to be captain, now for the second consecutive season?

Barnum: "It's a really big honor that my teammates put their trust in me to lead the team again for the second year. Being the only captain, it seems like it would be a lot of responsibility but the seniors have taken on a lot of responsibility as well without having the "captain" title. This is very admirable and I treat them both as senior leaders. There are many leaders in different areas on our team. We have leaders on the court, who show that by their play, we have leaders in the weight room and we have leaders in the classroom My job is to make sure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goal as a cohesive unit. For the team to elect me as captain and represent all areas of leadership is a huge honor and I'm really looking forward to leading this team again. I hope I can do whatever it takes this year to be the leader this program and these girls deserve."

Q: What are your personal and team goals for the season?

Barnum: "I think everyone's team goal is to get to the NCAA Tournament. Realistically, from past seasons, it's hard to say that with our record. I believe we can win every game we are prepared for, so it depends on how hard we work each day and how much we prepare."

Q: The Eagles went undefeated in the BC Invitational this past weekend, does that boost the team morale and confidence going into the rest of the season?

Barnum: "Definitely. I don't think that BC Volleyball has won a tournament in years. It showed a lot of maturity in our team. We were up 2-0 sets and then we lost one. I think the old team would have been upset about it and brought it onto the court, whereas we looked past it, set it aside and moved on to the next game. You can't get super emotional when you're still in the match. If you get upset about the match you are currently still in, it will carry negative energy on to the court, you have to let it go and move on to be ready for the next game. I think our team did an amazing job at that this weekend."

Q: How is the team chemistry on and off the court?

Barnum: "I think we have a really special team. We all choose to hangout outside of volleyball, which says a lot, and there are also multiple people who even live together. We do see a lot of each other and we do get to know each other on a very personal level and I think that helps our relationships on the court a tremendous amount. There isn’t any other team I would rather be fighting out on the court with "

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?

Barnum: "I wear a purple headband for every game. I know these are not our colors but I have never been one to conform to the norm, even with simple things as wearing colors that match our uniforms. I have initials on the side of the headband for my grandmother who passed away last year. Sometimes in a game it can get frantic and emotional so whenever that happens I take a deep breath and touch the side of my headband to remind myself and to let my grandmother know I am dedicating my hard work to her. It seems to always calm me down no matter what. But honestly, I'm not a big ritual person though."

Q: What is your favorite sport other than volleyball?

Barnum: "I played soccer for years (in high school), so I love soccer. I really enjoy watching soccer. I really like basketball as well. My brother played basketball at Stanford and I played when I was younger. I just really love the game. I really enjoy going to watch these games at BC as well."

Q: What is the most played song on your IPod?

Barnum: "My favorite warm up song is "Touch the Sky” by Kanye West. I really enjoy listening to everything though, really depends on my mood that day I guess. My favorite genre is definitely 90’s rap though."

The Eagles are on the road this weekend as they travel to New York City to compete in the Columbia Invitational. BC volleyball returns home to the Power Gym on Sept. 22 in its matchup against Harvard at 2 p.m.

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