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VMS Spirit Week spotlight: Ande Brill, in Vail, Colorado

VMS Brill, Ande

Ande Brill and the Vail Mountain, Colorado, volleyball team have been waiting for their Spirit Week game for about 50 weeks. Just about a year ago, Meeker eliminated the Gore Rangers from the district tournament, and it just happens that those same Cowboys are in town for Saturday’s festivities at 1 p.m. at The Garven. Coincidence? We think not. When not plotting revenge, Brill enjoys a good book or is planning to go to China. For more on Brill, read on:

Parents: Peter and Debbie Brill

Sister: Sierra (VMS, eighth grade)

Position: Outside hitter

What is a perfect hit like? “You know that Cynthia (Edgerton)’s going to set it right. After you hit it, it makes that good contact noise. Sometimes, you get chills.”

Good contact noise? “It sounds like a whip.”

How do you make sure your hands don’t hurt? “Solid hands are stiff. They’re a little bit concave. Your palm is sunken in. It’s definitely not flat. It’s really stiff.”

What is the teamwork like? “What is important is what we call bettering the ball. It starts with the pass. If the pass is good, there are no issues. But if the pass is a little off, the set is supposed to be better and the kill even better. That’s what we try to keep in mind. The next phase has to be better.”

Thoughts on early-season struggles: It was definitely hard in the beginning. I was sick a few times. Lynnie (Somes) had her concussion. Hilarie (Bellis) had a neck injury. We even considered some other lineups. But what it really was not having practices which were up to our potential. If you can’t practice to your potential, you can’t play to your potential.

Now you’re on a roll: “It’s not arrogance, but it’s ‘OK, we can win this one. We know what we can do. We know we’re on a roll. We know what works. Let’ show them what we’ve got.’ It’s worked for the last four games.”

How excited are you for Meeker? “There’s a big history between us and Meeker. They beat us in districts last year and were still a little bit bitter about that. We’re all very excited. This is a game we’ve been talking about since practice started in August.”

What is coach Mike Garvey like? “I like him a lot. He’s a good guy. He’s really motivational. He talks a lot, but it’s all good stuff. It puts you in your place without being harsh. He really pushes you to reach your potential. It’s great that he can see that and push us.”

Goals for the season: “I think that this is a team that can make it to state. From the bottom of my heart, I believe that, our team chemistry, and the fitness level we’ve been at the entire season, it’s definitely been different from past years.”

Funniest teammate: Clare Elich

What is like being a senior? “I have a lot of emotions. I’m happy and I’m excited that I’m a role model. It’s different when you’re a senior. Kids you don’t even know come up to you and say hi. Academically, it’s been really hard with applications and AP classes. It definitely comes at you faster than other years. But it’s also just fun.”

College plans: Elon or Wittenberg

Career plans: “I’d like to learn languages and I’m interested in learning Chinese, especially after a globalization course with Mr. (Ryan) Gray, where we read Thomas Friedman’s ‘The World is Flat.’ China and busines are in my future.”

Sports you watch: Football and college volleyball

Favorite team: Boston Red Sox

Favorite athletes: Misty May and Kerri Walsh

Favorite book: “Twilight”

Favorite movies: “Deja Vu” and “The Emperor’s New Groove”

Favorite movie star: Denzel Washington

Favorite music: Country, rap and classical

Favorite composer: Mozart

Favorite Web site: Google

Hobbies: Swimming and reading

Powder day, where do yo go? “I would make some hot chocolate and watch a movie.”

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite pizza slice: Cheese

First word: “Dada”

Favorite colors: Blue, white, yellow and pink

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? “I would be a Koa tree because I would be in Hawaii.”

If you were ruler of the world for one day, what would you do? “Make Barack Obama president.”

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

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