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Getting To Know The Lady Flames: Alysson and Kirstyn Sanders

October 25, 2006
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Alysson Sanders

Alysson Sanders

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 a pair of sisters, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alysson Sanders and freshman middle blocker/right-side hitter Kirstyn Sanders.

(AS – Alysson Sanders, KS – Kirstyn Sanders)
 
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
AS - Psalms 37:4, because it's a great promise from the Lord that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will gives us the desires of our heart.
KS - James 1:2-4.
 
What is your favorite movie?
AS – Hm … This is a hard one. … If I had to choose I guess it would be "A Walk to Remember."  It's the sweetest love story.
KS – "A Lot Like Love."
 
What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
AS - In high school our state championships were held at "the Bob," which is the big arena at the University of Delaware.  All throughout high school it was my dream to play there, but only the top four teams got to go.  Finally, my senior year my team got to play there and we came in third! This was a huge accomplishment for the program.
KS - Playing with my sister in high school at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center for third place in the high school state tournament … we won!
 
What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
AS - When I was first learning to roll, I went to roll and got stuck.
KS - During my senior year of high school, in another school's gym for their Homecoming match, I took a nice powerful approach to hit on the outside and completely missed the ball.
 
I came to Liberty because…
AS - I wanted to play volleyball for a Christian university at the Division I level and compete with athletes who believed the same as I did.  It's great being able to be a light to the world doing something that I love so much.
KS - At my Christian middle school, teachers talked about feeling God's presence but I never understood what they meant. Then, when I went to campus church during College For a Weekend when I was freshman in high school I could feel it in the Vines and I finally understood.  I knew it's where God wanted me to be and it was the best place for me to allow God to work in my life.
 
Share something that people don't know about you.
AS - I have twin toes.
KS - I have a freckle on the bottom of my left foot.
 
What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
AS - Being able to come to Liberty and work hard every day to achieve our goal of becoming Big South Champs.
KS - In eighth grade my travel team played in the Virginia Beach Invitational championship match. Before the match my coach told me my job was to shut down the middle across the net from me that was also a lot bigger than me.  During one volley, I blocked her three times in a row.  I had definitely shut her down and we went on to win the match.
 
What is one question you would ask Dr. Falwell?
AS - Can I ride shotgun in your Denali?
KS - Does he feel bad for winning over his best friend's girlfriend and does that man still hold a grudge?
 
If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
AS - Vanessa Minnillo, so that I could go on a date with Nick Lachey.
KS - Paris Hilton, because she has all the best clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.
 
Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
AS - My dad, Craig Sanders, who played basketball here.
KS - Richard Thom.
 
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
AS - Don't eat yellow snow.
KS - Let go and let God.  Having faith and trust in God even in crises because He knows what's best for us and His hand is in every situation and struggle we face.  We make the choice for our attitude at the beginning of every day.  If we stay in prayer and in the Word, wisdom will be obtained and having a good attitude about things is easier because we are finding encouragement through Christ.
 
If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
AS - I wouldn't change any rules. 
KS - When two players are switching positions and they leave before the whistle is blown.  I think it's just a nit-picky power trip for the referee to notice someone leaving their position a second too early.
 
After graduation I would like to … 
AS - Start my master's at Liberty in Special Education and then go on to grad school for physical therapy.
KS - Attend med school and get married.
 
In my spare time, I like to …
AS - Hang out with friends, scrapbook, read the Bible and, like every other girl, shop!
KS - Sleep and shop.
 
Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
AS - Focused and competitive because I want to win.
KS - Genuine.  I am the most myself on the volleyball court.
 
If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
AS - Gabrielle Reece, because not only is she a successful volleyball player, but she is also someone younger girls can look up to.
KS - I would compete against Misty May and Kerri Walsh because I imagine getting points against them is amazing and I love beach volleyball.
 
My craziest ambition in life is to …
AS - Ride down Niagara Falls in a barrel.
KS – Become a doctor.
 
Do you have any pre-game rituals? 
AS - Not really.  Just the usual, arrive four hours early! And get treatment, hang out in the locker room and listen to pump-up music with the girls.
KS - Listen to Backstreet Boys.
 
Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why?
AS - Helen Keller, because she made such a difference in the blind and deaf society.
A goal of mine is to learn sign language.  I would love to learn to communicate with the deaf.
KS - Mother Theresa, because she was a unique woman that stood out in the crowd because she always helped the dying, the sick, the crippled, the unwanted and the unloved.
 
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
AS - Greece, because I would love to see the water there.  It looks so pretty in pictures, and the architecture is so different.
KS - Greece or Tuscany, because I would like to see in person how beautiful it really is and how different the culture is from what I am accustomed to.