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Senior volleyball player looks back on career at UH

The Cougars have won seven games in a row, and senior leader Amanda Carson has been a consistent defender on

Senior defensive specialist Amanda Carson, right, has proven to be a fiery leader on and off the court for her teammates in her four seasons at UH. Carson hopes to lead the Cougars to wins in their last three regular-season games. | Pauline Alderete/The Daily Cougar

the team; she leads the way with a team-high 472 digs. The Daily Cougar caught up with her to talk about the team’s success during her senior season.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about this season?

A: Just the bond that we have. I think the team is really close, this is the closest team I’ve been on since I’ve been at UH. We do everything together, not just volleyball. When we’re not playing we go out together, to the movies and dinner.

Q: What does it mean to you to be considered a senior leader?

A: It means a lot. I’ve always considered myself as a leader. I like it when the girls look up to me, and come up to me if they have any questions. I like to help out the girls as much as I can.

Q: What is the biggest difference on the team from your freshman season to now?

A: My role of being more of a leader, being more vocal and trying to get out of my comfort zone from being a freshman to my senior year.

Q: What is your favorite moment of the season so far?

A: I feel like there are so many moments, but I’ve enjoyed watching Stephanie Nwachukwu and Chandace Tryon grow as players. They’ve improved so much from last year.

Q: What has been the biggest change from former head coach Bill Walton to current head coach Molly Alvey?

A: I feel like the practices are a little more intense, they’re more fast paced with coach Alvey. With her, we pay more attention to the details and make sure we take care of that before we work on team stuff, individual stuff before we do team stuff.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about coach Alvey’s style?

A: I think she does a really good job of working with us individually, making sure we get our jobs done before we do anything as a team. I think she has done a really good job of working with us as individuals.

Q: Was it tough adjusting to coach Alvey in your last season after being under the direction of Walton?

A: It’s a little tough, but I think that as long as you go with what she says and do what she does, it makes it a lot easier, instead of resisting what she says.

Q: Was there any panic in your mind after the team started the season going 1-6?

A: No, definitely not. I knew this team has a lot of potential, and we’re really good as a team. We’ve grown so much since the beginning, and I know that we come in here working hard every day, so I was not scared that we started off slow.

Q: What was going through your mind during the last home game and Senior Day Sunday against Marshall?

A: These four years have been the fastest, I never thought it would go this fast. I remember my freshman year just waiting for it to be over, and now I don’t want it to end. It’s weird it’s gone by really fast.

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