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Athlete of the Week Q & A: Macey Wilson

Each week, BRSN sits down for a Q & A session with the Athlete of the Week. This week, we caught up with senior Cornell volleyball middle hitter, Macey Wilson, following her outstanding performance on Saturday that included a kill in the fifth set to jumpstart the Big Red’s 3-2 comeback win over Harvard.

BRSN: Macey, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. You registered the kill that started the Big Red’s epic comeback over Harvard on Saturday.  What was going through your mind during the play, and did you think it was the beginning of a comeback?

MW: I think my main focus was on the current point and gaining points back one at a time. I didn’t think that the game was over, but I knew it was going to be a battle coming back from such a big deficit. 

BRSN: How long have you been playing volleyball? How did you start playing?

MW: I started playing club volleyball when I was thirteen but I had played before on a team that my friend’s mom was coaching. She was really the one who got me started with volleyball because I had really been into basketball and soccer. I continued to play basketball through my sophomore year of high school, which was when I finally decided that volleyball was my sport and that I really wanted to play in college.

BRSN: Have you always been a middle hitter?

MW: I have always been a middle hitter. I started in that position because I was the tallest on my team, but I knew right away it was a perfect fit. It’s a great feeling to have your presence felt along the net, blocking both sides, and I get to run a variety of hitting plays as well. 

BRSN: What are you looking forward to the most for the Big Red volleyball team this year?

MW: I’m really looking forward to the rest of this season. I think beating Harvard is going to prove to be a huge turning point for us as a team. It really brought us together and will drive us to fight harder for every point during the second round of Ivy League play. We have the talent and ability to win, and beating Harvard has given us the confidence we need to come out on top the rest of the season. 

BRSN: What are some of your interests outside of volleyball?

MW: My goal is to go to vet school after Cornell, so I am very interested in animals and animal welfare. I also enjoy reading and baking.  

BRSN: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

MW: I was recently named a co-editor of the Cornell Digital Health Review magazine, and my research on grasshopper mice was published this year. 

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