Huskies Homecoming spotlight – Skylar Hand |

Huskies Homecoming spotlight – Skylar Hand

Put it down.

That’s what Huskies volleyball middle-hitter Skylar Hand just loves to do. And, she does it well, one of many reasons that the Battle Mountain spikers are up-and-coming in 2003. But, don’t take our word for it. Come on out and watch the Huskies take on Delta, Saturday at 1 p.m., as a part of Homecoming.

For more on Hand, read on:

Date of birth: Dec. 12, 1985

Parents: Pat Andersen and Gary Hand

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Class: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

What do you like about volleyball?: “I love that it’s a team sport, and I love the feeling of winning and I love being able to slam the ball down to the ground or stuffing someone.”

How do you work with you setter to get that perfect hit?: “It basically starts with the pass. Once we get that perfect pass, Chrystin (Rodrick) sets it up. Hopefully, my timing’s on, and I can just put the ball where it needs to go.”

What’s the perfect hit like?: “It’s just an amazing high, and you feel so happy that your team all worked together to get that perfect play.”

What’s this season been like?: “This season’s been very organized, very put-together. There’s been an emphasis on conditioning, and our team just clicks really well. We’ve had a couple of losses, but we’ve beaten some teams we haven’t been able to in the past.”

Best moment on the court: “Getting that perfect spike.”

Most embarrassing moment: “When I went for a hit and I completely missed in practice.”

What’s coach Brian Doyon like?: “He really knows the mechanics of volleyball. He’s a great coach. He’s hard on us at times, but there’s nothing wrong with tough love, and I think it’s paid off.”

How excited are you for Homecoming?: “I’m very excited. The school looks great. I can’t wait to play Delta because they’re one of our rivals and they’re a fun game to play.”

Last year, you came out in hot, pink shorts for Homecoming. Anything planned this year?: “People should just come to our game. We’ve got something planned. People will be excited.”

Funniest teammate: Maggie Sheahan

Favorite subject: English

College plans: Looking at CU and CSU

Career plans: “I want to be either a psychologist or a lawyer.”

Sports you watch: Basketball

Favorite team: Los Angeles Lakers

Favorite TV Show: The Gilmore Girls

Favorite movie star: Brad Pitt

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Hobbies: “Volleyball, obviously, and I like to draw and to read.”

Mac or PC: PC

Favorite food: Mashed potatoes

Favorite pizza slice: Pepperoni, mushrooms and olives

Favorite color: Yellow

First word: “I think it was DiDi.” – an attempt to say, “Dad?”

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?: Redwood

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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