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Player Spotlight with Erin Bartley

October 27, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Player Spotlight with Erin Bartley

With a pair of Top 5 opponents looming this week, LibertyFlames.com focuses on this week's player spotlight, Erin Bartley.

Bartley is a senior midfielder from Fredericksburg, Va., and has competed in eight contests for the Lady Flames this season. The Virginia native has competed in 35 matches during her career and has recorded three assists, including one this season against Lehigh on Oct. 9.

Who introduced you to field hockey?
Bartley: No one really introduced me to the sport. When I was eight my mom signed me up for a city Parks and Recreation team (she decided I was too clumsy for gymnastics and not compliant enough for dance) – and the rest is history.

Tell me about your family. What do your parents, or guardians, do? How many brothers or sisters do you have and what do they do?
Bartley: My family is really awesome. My dad sells building supplies and my mom is a real estate agent. My brother studied chemistry at James Madison University, but now he has a really great sales job in Washington D.C. He's super brilliant and I would be all set if I was even half as smart as he is.

If you weren't playing field hockey which sport would you enjoy playing?
Bartley: If I wasn't playing field hockey I would love to play college tennis.

Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty.
Bartley: Until the middle of my senior year, I actually had plans to play at another school. However, the Lord had another plan in store. Throughout my junior and senior year, a family friend was constantly telling me that I should check out Liberty because they had just started a field hockey program, but I continually ignored his advice. During my senior season in high school, my coach told me that he had talked to the Liberty coach about me and that I needed to follow up with her. (I still don't know if he actually spoke to her or if he just told me that because he wanted me to reach out.) I was confused because I had never even expressed any interest in Liberty, but I knew that my coach knew who Coach Murphy was because he had coached against her team when she was in high school. Long story short I met the coaches, decided that they were the people I wanted to play for, and dropped the other school and here I am. I'm really thankful that the Lord was working out His plan to bring me here even while I was unaware of it.

If you could get away from field hockey for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing?
Bartley: I love hanging out with friends and getting to know others. Relationships are really important to me, so if I could get away from field hockey, I would spend more time with others. I also really enjoy being active, so if I could get away from hockey, I would love to do other fun forms of exercise like hiking and swimming, and try some new things like triathlons or CrossFit. I would also read a lot more books. Reading is my jam.

What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that?
Bartley: I'm studying communications, and my concentration is advertising and public relations. I enjoy public relations a lot more than advertising, but they are so closely intertwined that it's often hard to differentiate between the two. I really love that this major allows me to constantly work with other people and has taught me how to find creative solutions to difficult problems.

Any connections to famous athletes or influential people around the country?
Bartley: Nope. But as a team, we ran into James Franco one time at the Atlanta airport on our way to Missouri for a game. He snapped a picture of us and posted it to his Instagram. Does that count?

Who were your heroes growing up, and who did you emulate in the backyard or playground?
Bartley: I used to love the DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie), Cadet Kelly, with Hilary Duff. When I was little and I would climb stuff, I used to pretend I was Hilary Duff in this one scene where she climbs up a cliff. I also used to pretend I was the Pink Power Ranger, but what girl didn't?

With a pair of Top 5 ACC opponents this weekend, what is the mindset in the locker room and on the field as the team prepares for the final stretch of the regular season?
Bartley: As we press on toward our final regular season games, it's all about focus for us. It's easy to think about life after season – what we will eat, how we will spend our time, and whatever else. However, all of those things pale in comparison to thinking about where this team could possibly be in November. It's so important for us to keep each other accountable and remind one another to keep our minds fixed on what God has called us to do.