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Huskies Homecoming spotlight: Kelsey Plath

Daily file photoKelsey Plath

Let’s clear something up from the start. Battle Mountain volleyball didn’t run out of jerseys, leaving Kelsey Plath with a different-colored one. Plath is the libero, a defensive specialist who may substitute in before any play, hence the gold or black top when the rest of the team is wearing the opposite.

Plath’s job is to put her body ” preferably her hands, see below ” and dig the screaming monster spike from the other team. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Plath and the Huskies take on Palisade for Homecoming Thursday at 6 p.m. Leave the digging to her and Cara Murbach.

Date of birth: March 13, 1991

Parents: Margie Hamrick and Gary Plath

Sibling: Tiana, 23

Explain to us the libero: “The libero is the leader of the back row and you only play defense. They actually just changed the rule where you’re allowed to serve for the first time. You can only play back row. Sometimes, it’s usually short players who can’t play front row like me.”

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Do you think it’s cool to have a different jersey? “It’s cool. It’s kind of funny to hear the different theories people have. To distract you, they will make up theories of why you have a different colored jersey. It’s kind of funny.”

What is defense like? “I love it. It’s the best feeling ever when a hitter goes up for a kill and you’re there to dig it. You never stop working. You’re always running around like crazy, picking all the balls up. The best feeling though is when there’s that huge hitter looking down on you.”

Does it hurt? “There will be times when you go to dig it and it will hurt for a second. But if you’re there, and in the right position, it really doesn’t hurt.”

Most ferocious hitters: Teammates Anna Padget-Shields and Devon Abbott ” “They’re the ones who worry me when there’s not a block in front of them.”

How’s the team come together? “It’s cool to see how we’ve come along. We had to put a lot of talk about the team aside. But we got together and talked about it. We want to prove people wrong. At the beginning of the season, we were playing as individuals. We realized that we had to come together as a team if we wanted to go anywhere.”

What’s coach Brian Doyon like? “I think he’s probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. I’ve had coaches who don’t demand things out of me, and I don’t respond to it. He’s very demanding. I think he looks more intense to some people who don’t play for him. We’re used to it and we appreciate the way he is. We appreciate how he wants us to be better.”

Funniest teammate: Hannah Ellison

Best moment in volleyball: “My best moment was going to state. It was exciting for me to do that with the team and have leaders like Devon and those girls. They had already been there and they were able to lead me.”

Most embarrassing moment: “When I was a JV player. It was one of my first games. I forget who we were playing. It was the first time I played libero. I got nailed in the face. We weren’t home, so the whole crowd was laughing.”

How excited are you for Homecoming? “I’m super-excited. The Homecoming game, it’s another game, but usually it’s the one everyone goes to, and there’s so much spirit. You get to watch all the teams compete. It’s the week when there’s the most spirit in the school.”

Favorite subject: Pro-start

College plans: Looking at schools in North and South Carolina

Career plan: Sports medicine

Sports you watch: Hockey

Favorite team: Avs

Favorite players: Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic

Favorite TV show: “The Hills”

Favorite movie: “Life as a House”

Favorite movie star: Miley Cyrus

Favorite music: Country

Favorite Web site: Facebook

Hobbies: Volleyball and soccer

Powder day, where do you go? Back Bowls

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite pizza slice: Cheese

Favorite color: Blue

First word: “I don’t know, but I think my second word was Mom.”

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? “I would be an Aspen tree, so I could live in the mountains.”

If you were ruler of the world for one day, what would you do? “My dad recently has been going to Africa, so I would find a way to help prevent genocide.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.