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Getting To Know The Lady Flames: Brittany Pacella and Kristen Dalton

October 11, 2006
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Redshirt freshman right-side hitter Brittany Pacella

Redshirt freshman right-side hitter Brittany Pacella

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 redshirt freshman right-side hitter Brittany Pacella and sophomore defensive specialist Kristen Dalton, both of whom transferred to Liberty this fall.

(BP – Brittany Pacella, KD – Kristen Dalton)
 
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
BP - When I was transferring Jeremiah 29:11 spoke to me, and on my visit to LU, Coach Pinder introduced the very same verse to me as one that was special to the team.
KD - I find it very hard to settle on one passage of Scripture as being my favorite, because there are just so many that have helped shape me into the person God has desired for me to become.  However, one that has recently impacted me in a way it never has before is Proverbs 31:10-31.  I have read it many times whether by choice or requirement, but I certainly missed many important things.  This particular passage has showed me how to be a woman of God.  That is something I greatly desire to be, but I do not always go about doing it the right way.  Through Proverbs 31, the guidelines are placed right in front of me to be seen plainly.  Proverbs 31:10-31 has now become a personal goal for me as I try to be the woman God wants me to be.
 
What is your favorite movie?
BP - Heavyweights!!!
KD - My favorite movie is Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music."  I enjoy old movies (early 20s to late 60s).
 
What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
BP - My favorite volleyball memory is making it to the state championship for the first time in school history my senior year of high school after beating a local rival team in an intense semifinal round.
KD - I would have to say that my favorite memory while competing in volleyball is when we went undefeated in the conference, won regionals and made it to the 3A State Championship game.  We advanced the furthest of any athletic team at our school since the school had been at the 3A level.  There is just too much to say about the pride it awakened in our county, but it was absolutely amazing.  I have yet to experience anything like it. 
 
What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
BP - Once, I hit an overpass back at the other team and it hit the libero in the head. Little did I know that the ball had somehow stayed in play off of her and came back on our side, sure enough to land gently right on mine.
KD - I have certainly had plenty of embarrassing moments in my career.  I find it hard to narrow it down to just one.
 
I came to Liberty because…
BP - I absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere here. I love my team, my coaches and the rest of the student body.  They know how to make you feel at home.
KD - I felt it was the next step in God's plan for my life.  I do not completely understand exactly why God has guided me the way He has, but I can be sure that when following Him, life is never boring.  He is always full of surprises.
 
Share something that people don't know about you.
BP - I only started playing volleyball because I liked the jerseys in 8th grade.
KD - There actually are a lot of things people do not know about me.  One thing some people do not know is that I am a softy when it comes to a lot of the issues of life.
 
What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
BP - My defining moment as an athlete was after things started clicking for me my junior year of high school. I was finally figuring the game out, and I just remember lying on the floor after practice, stretching and wishing that practice hadn't ended.
KD - My defining moment as an athlete is playing college sports.
 
What is one question you would ask Dr. Falwell?
BP - I'd ask him if he'd like to come out on the court and do an ace cheer with us!
KD - One question I would ask Dr. Falwell would be somewhere along the lines of how many of our home matches is he going to attend.
 
If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
BP - Shawn Hannity. I'd love to do what he does.
KD - If I could be somebody for a day, it would be myself.  My life has a lot of kinks, but then again so does every life regardless of age, knowledge or wisdom.  I have, for the most part, gotten to know myself rather well.  I have pretty much figured out how I think and react to that which surrounds me, so I choose my life with all its imperfections and flaws.
 
Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
BP - Rory Bosek.
KD - My favorite Liberty athlete would have to be Danielle McNaney.  I had the privilege of not only seeing her throw the javelin, but competing against her.  She beat me to say the least, but I was able to learn a little about her.  Since then I have gotten to know more about her and there are plenty of amazing accolades that she has achieved.
 
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
BP - Go hard, and control only the things that you can while giving it everything you've got.
KD - Being the daughter of former home missionaries and a current minister, I have been given a lot of advice through the years.  It all eventually comes down to loving unconditionally, not speaking too much and not being afraid to do something for yourself every once in a while.  When you open yourself up to love, then you open yourself up to God.  Sometimes, especially as a preacher's kid, it is just much better not to say anything and just let God deal with things in His own timing and way.  It is wonderful to serve others, but it is detrimental to do that so much that you stop serving yourself.
 
If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
BP - I'm all for a little more contact J…but I don't see that happening in volleyball, so I think I would be all for blocking serves.
KD - I think the rules of the game are just fine.  The sport makes for hours of enjoyment with the rules it has now.
 
After graduation I would like to … 
BP - Find a job, and hopefully get married and start a family.
KD - Fulfill God's plan for me.  I'll be doing that until the day that I die.  
 
In my spare time, I like to …
BP - Hang out and relax with family and friends…although I don't mind shopping either.
KD - Go out on the boat, hunt, ride horses, backpack, fish, skimboard, bodyboard and surf (as of very recently).
 
Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
BP – Competitive, I hate to lose. Aggressive, I believe that you go after it 100 miles per hour.
KD - A couple words that describe me on the athletic field are determined and tough.  I am a person who sets goals on a very regular basis.  I drive myself to get better and I work past a lot to get there.
 
If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
BP - I'd like to take my dad on in football.
KD - If I could compete against any athlete in any sport it would be Michelle Smith in softball.  Michelle was my favorite softball player when she was on the Olympic and U.S. National teams.  She was a pitcher and I was a catcher, so I would like to be able to hit against her and catch her.  Even though she has been out of competition for a few years, I would still like to try it.  I am sure she has not lost too much.
 
My craziest ambition in life is to …
BP - Fulfill my childhood dreams of being a figure skater, haha.
KD - I have many crazy, awesome ambitions in life, but they must be revealed at a later date.
 
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
BP - Yes, I listen to music while watching myself play a perfect game.
KD - Before matches I like to read the Bible and talk to God.  After all I am doing HIS service, so He deserves my time and focus.
 
Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why?
BP - Ben Franklin, so that I could see exactly how he invented electricity.
KD - A few people in history I would like to meet are Johnathan Edwards, Martin Luther and Billy Graham.  From the Great Awakening to more recent revivals, these men of God have stood where others have refused to stand and have seen God work miraculous wonders that are still affecting our world positively.
 
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
BP - Italy, a lot of my family is from there.
KD - I have wanted to visit Vienna and Salzburg, Austria to see where the original von Trapp family once lived.  I wish to get an idea, if possible, of how hard it was to leave the area knowing that they may never return again to see it before they arrive at their deaths.