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Getting to Know the Lady Flames: Jessica Nelson and Carmen Streeper

October 4, 2006
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Jessica Nelson is sitting out this season with a leg injury.

Jessica Nelson is sitting out this season with a leg injury.

Each Wednesday throughout the volleyball season, fans will get the opportunity to know the Liberty volleyball players a bit better through a question-and-answer session.  Today, the series continues with junior outside hitter Jessica Nelson and sophomore right-side hitter Carmen Streeper.

(JN – Jessica Nelson, CS – Carmen Streeper)

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
JN - I don't have a life verse, but Matthew 6:25-29 is a good reminder of God's faithfulness in my life. Another encouraging verse is 2 Corinthians 1:5, because it reminds me what Christ did for me. All of these verses prompt me to continually rely on God when I am struggling with anything.
CS - Romans 10:9: "If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

What is your favorite movie?
JN - Hope Floats and Seabiscuit.
CS - Braveheart.

What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
JN - When we beat William & Mary on its home court.
CS - Competing in the Virginia State Championship in high school.

What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
JN - It was our last home game of my junior year of high school and I tried to dodge a serve that was going out, but it hit me in the head.
CS - Running face first into another player on the court.

I came to Liberty because…
JN - I realized how important it was to get an education from a Christian school, and it gave me an opportunity to play volleyball in a Christian atmosphere while competing at a high level.
CS - I wanted to get the chance to play Division I volleyball for a Christian university.

Share something that people don't know about you.
JN - My parents made me repeat kindergarten.
CS - I have a twin sister that goes to Virginia Tech.

What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
JN - Just adjusting to the speed of the game and learning a lot during my freshman year. That was part of becoming who I am as an athlete, but my leg injury has given me another opportunity to see what I am made of.
CS - Being named MVP in the Virginia all-star game.

What is one question you would ask Dr. Falwell?
JN - What is the greatest miracle you have ever witnessed?
CS - What is your daily schedule like?

If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
JN - Oprah, she is awesome.
CS - Dr. Falwell, so I would never be afraid to speak my mind.

Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
JN - Shannon McKain.
CS - Sam Gado. His drive and hard work are admirable.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
JN - To honor God by doing everything I do to the fullest.
CS - Anything is possible.

If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
JN - I have no idea.
CS - It would be so much fun to be able to spike on the first touch in serve receive.

After graduation I would like to …
JN - To work with kids overseas or wherever God leads me.
CS - Get married and have a successful career.

In my spare time, I like to …
JN - Waste it.
CS - Wakeboard and water ski.

Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
JN - Determined and tenacious, because I'm competitive and love being the best.
CS - Versatile because I play right side and some outside.

If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
JN - I would like to play water polo against Bill Gillespie.
CS - Misty May in volleyball so I could compete against the best.

My craziest ambition in life is to …
JN - Participate in the Olympics.
CS - To become a better Christian as well as a better athlete.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
JN - I like to visualize.
CS - Focus on making that one game-changing play.

Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why?
JN - A caveman, to watch him make fire.
CS - I would like to meet Jesus because of all the wisdom he could share with me.

A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
JN - Israel. I want to float in the Dead Sea and check out the spas there.
CS - Machu Picchu, because I think it would be a beautiful place to visit.