Sophomore outside hitter Rose Booth made a huge impact last year in her rookie season with women’s volleyball, recording over three kills per set and opening the season with six consecutive games with double-digit kills. Assistant Sports Editor Ellie Kinney caught up with Booth and discussed this season’s postponement, offseason training and the team’s new favorite hobby.
Ellie Kinney (E.K.): It was announced in August that the fall sports season will be postponed. What was your reaction when you heard the news?
Rose Booth (R.B.): I think our team did a really good job with preparing for all of the options that the NCAA had talked about, but obviously we were all pretty heartbroken. Over quarantine, we were all looking forward to the fall season and putting a date on when we thought things would be going back to normal. We definitely had to take a step back and realize that this is going to be a really long process.
E.K.: What has the team’s training routine been like over the offseason and, now, into this hiatus?
R.B.: Over the summer, our weight room did a really great job with sending out a new workout every single day that we could do at home, so that was a really nice resource to help us stay active at home and stay conditioned. This week, actually, we’re slowly starting to go through the phases of getting athletes back on campus. We’re hoping to be able to start working out on the soccer field, socially distanced and wearing masks, so that’s something to look forward to.
E.K.: You have a talented group of freshmen. What’s it been like getting to know them and helping them get acclimated to the team with everyone in different places?
R.B.: It’s definitely been more of a challenge than in previous years because we haven’t been on campus all summer, and the freshmen have to live on campus in the dorms by themselves. Transitioning to college is hard enough, and doing it by yourself has definitely presented them with some challenges. We’ve been trying to do activities as a team that are socially distant and keeping everybody’s health in mind, like picnics out on Sunken Gardens.
E.K.: You’re coming off a really great freshman season — what are you most looking forward to whenever this season starts up?
R.B.: I’m just looking forward to playing with my teammates again. I think this team is so close on and off the court, and that chemistry just makes it so much fun to play even at such a high level. I really miss it!
E.K.: Are there any hobbies that you or your teammates have picked up during quarantine?
R.B.: We’ve actually started surfing! My teammates and I have been in L.A. for most of August, and since we haven’t been able to work out a lot of us got surfboards. We’re pretty bad, but we’re learning and it's been really fun.