Kentwood, Mich. • East Kentwood HS
September 18, 2011
One of the top players in the Colonial Athletic Association, Kim Stewart begins her final season with the Blue Hens in 2011 looking to continue the success she has found throughout her career. A three-year starter, she has led the Blue Hens to a share of three straight CAA titles and berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010. She was named to the COBRA Magazine All-Northeast Region and All-National Honorable Mention team as junior in 2010 when she recorded 11 double-doubles (kills-digs) and finished the year with 302 kills and 346 digs. She is an organizational and community leadership major at Delaware. Click here for full biography.
Question #1. How does it feel to be named captain during your senior season?
Answer: "It’s a great honor and learning experience everyday. I have learned so much about myself and how I am able to connect everyone on our team. Being a captain doesn't just mean that you meet with the refs before the match. To me it means that I am there for every single girl at anytime day or night. I’m able to help give that extra push someone may need and I help provide energy and excitement going into every practice and every match."
2. What are your goals for this year?
"To influence those around me and motivate them to be the best they can be. We have a lot of talent on our team and pulling the best the out of each of us will make for a great season.
3. What were your thoughts about playing in your last Delaware Invitational?
"I really didn’t think about it going into the tournament but looking back it’s hard to believe. The past three years have gone by so fast that it’s almost unreal that I’m going into my fourth and final season."
4. Delaware volleyball gets many opportunities to play Top 25-ranked teams. How are these games beneficial to you and your team?
"Playing these top ranked teams has allowed us to see where we need to get in order to reach our goal of getting to the Sweet 16. It’s a great opportunity and we need to take full advantage of being able to play against them.
5. What sport would you play if not volleyball?
"Basketball. My father played in college and I’m pretty sure that it was the first sport I was introduced to. I played up until my sophomore year of high school and then turned my focus to volleyball."
6. What is your major and why did you choose it?
"Organizational and Community Leadership Major. I was looking at changing my major from art and wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go, so I went and talked to James Coleman and he directed me to this major. One of the best decisions I have made."
7. What are your future plans after graduation?
"I’m looking at going into grad school and getting my masters, then possibly coaching and working for a NGO."
8. What is the best part about being a Blue Hen?
"Having a female mascot! But mainly the support that we get from everyone including strong encouragement from the Blue Hen community."
9. What has been your favorite or most interesting class here?
"Leadership 300: Leadership Creativity and Innovation. This class taught me so much about thinking outside the box and not sticking with the norm."
10. What are your thoughts on your team being chosen in the pre-season poll to win the CAA tournament again?
"I think it’s awesome but now we know we have a huge target on our backs. In every single match the teams, in our conference, are going to give their all so we can never have a back-down moment."
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