Sept. 4, 2008
Meet Amber Ryan
Sophomore Amber Ryan led the Bearcats with 36 kills and eight blocks last weekend in Omaha, Neb., in her return to the middle hitter position. She hit above .300 in the first three matches of the season, hitting a career-best .524 against Minnesota-Crookston Aug. 29.
Ryan was an all-state volleyball player in Esko, Minn., the same hometown as Head Coach Anna Tool.
How does it feel to be back in a middle hitter role?
I like it a lot. I'm just more confident. Last year as an outside hitter I didn't really know what to expect.
You and Coach Tool grew up in the same town. Are there instances when you and coach will discuss what's happening in Esko, Minn.?
Her youngest brother, Cody, is a junior in high school and so is my brother and they're really good friends and play sports together and everything. She'll ask me to check up him sometimes. My cousins went to high school with her around the same time.
What's the deal with Styrofoam?
I don't know. I guess when somebody touches it when it's in packaging and they pull it out and it makes that screechy sound. The team will get Styrofoam and rub it in my face. It's like nails on a chalkboard for other people.
What's your most unique characteristic or talent?
I really don't have anything. I can't juggle. I can't whistle. I can't burp. They make fun of me because I can't burp.
You've said you want to travel a lot. Any places in mind?
I think I've always wanted to go all over. Australia I think would be fun. Or maybe somewhere in Europe. Just wherever.
What's the funniest thing to happen to the team this season?
There's a lot. Probably something Paige did - she's a goofball.
Ryan will join the rest of the Bearcats Sept. 5-6 in the Missouri Southern Invitational. Northwest opens with Drury at 4 p.m.
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