Devils Homecoming spotlight – Trista Sandoval |

Devils Homecoming spotlight – Trista Sandoval

Andrew Harley

If every high-school student were as well-spoken and Devils middle-hitter Trista Sandoval, the world would have very few communication problems. Sandoval is an only child, who has dealt with such hardships as a bruised chin. She appreciates “Slamball,” her generous grandparents and the color, red.

Here’s the scoop on Sandoval:

Date of birth: May 3, 1986

Born in: Vail

Parents: Leonard and Patty

Siblings?: Only child

Class: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

What do you love about volleyball?: “The competition, getting the opportunity to play with my teammates, and the exhilaration I feel during games.”

Best moment on the volleyball court: “I guess it was my sophomore year during districts. I was so scared. I had to serve, and I thought I wouldn’t make it in (bounds). It was really nerve-wracking. I served the ball in, and it was my best moment because it gave me the confidence that I could play with pressure.”

Most embarrassing moment on the court: “In the Glenwood Tournament, the floor was pretty slick, and I fell on my chin and had a huge bruise. I mean, who has a big bruise on their chin?”

What’s it like playing for Karl Talcott?: “I like working with Karl. I think he teaches us good things that apply not only to volleyball, but to teamwork, which will apply later in life.”

Funniest player on the team: “Definitely Shannon Aragon. She’s my cousin, and I’ve known her for a long time. It doesn’t matter if I’m down. She can always make me laugh.”

Favorite subject: “Sports medicine. It’s challenging, but I really enjoy it because I’ll probably end up going into the medical field.”

College plans: “I’m definitely going to a four-year college. Right now, it looks like CU, but I’m not quite sure yet.”

Career plan: “I’d like to become a pediatrician. Or, perhaps, I’ll do something in fashion. But, it’s more likely that I’ll be a pediatrician.”

Sports you watch: “I don’t really know if it’s a sport, but “Slamball.’ It’s either that or basketball. I like watching volleyball, but it’s hardly ever on.”

Favorite basketball team: The Lakers

Favorite player: “The legend, Michael Jordan.”

What do you listen to before a game and why?: “Music that pumps me up. Usually hip hop.”

Favorite movie: “I love movies that make me laugh.”

Favorite movie star: Ben Affleck

Favorite food: Lasagna

Favorite color: Red

What is the best thing about being Trista Sandoval?: I’d have to say, being the only child and having grandparents who give me everything I want. And, having parents that care for me so much. As I’ve grown older, I recognize how much they actually do for me. Just being loved so profoundly.”

If you could create your own world, what would be the first three things you’d bring?: “A boombox with CDs, for when I get bored. Shannon Aragon, for the laughs. And, a boy for each of us.”

If you were principal Nelson Gould for one day, what would you do?: “I would make it one, big, fun day. We’d have a picnic – nothing school-related. I would say, “I’m your principal, and I’m going to be one-on-one with you today,’ to give everyone a chance to get to know and gain respect for me.”

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at

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