As we edge closer to the Christmas holiday, LibertyFlames.com continues its player spotlight series with this week's focus on Olivia Carroll.
Carroll is a junior defender from Birdsboro, Pa. Carroll has competed in 40 contests, starting in 11 throughout her career.
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? Carroll: My parents are hardworking to support my four siblings and myself. I have three older sisters and an older brother. My oldest sister is a teacher and a field hockey coach in Pittsburgh, Pa., and my other sister is also a teacher and a field hockey coach in Lancaster, PA. My other sister is a field hockey coach at my old high school and my brother is pursuing his Ph.D. in chemistry in Santa Barbara, Calif.
If you weren't playing field hockey which sport would you enjoy playing? Carroll: If I was not playing field hockey, I think I would enjoy swimming.
Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty. Carroll: When I came to visit Liberty for the first time the field house was not even finished, but I was still able to play on the field. I was so excited to be on a Christian campus that had Division I field hockey. Two of my sisters had played for Division I secular schools and the other one played at Messiah. I saw how my sister that went to Messiah enjoyed field hockey so much more because of the Christian atmosphere. When I came onto Liberty's campus I knew exactly what type of atmosphere she was talking about. I got a chance to see the campus, which is much different now then back then, and meet the girls. The girls on the team were so spirited and happy to talk to me. I could tell that there was something different about the team and it was at that moment that I knew I wanted to come and play at Liberty. I got a chance to talk to the coaches and it all fell into place. It was definitely all in God's plan and I would not have changed a thing.
If you could get away from field hockey for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing? Carroll: If I was able to get away from field hockey for a little bit I would enjoy hiking and exploring some of the trails around Virginia. Specifically Devil's Marble Yard, Sharp Top, and Panther Falls.
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that? Carroll: I am currently studying biomedical science and my dream is to continue onto med-school back in Pennsylvania. I really enjoy the teachers and how they incorporate biblical teachings into their curriculum. I really enjoy learning about God's creation and how He planned everything so perfectly. My studies have strengthen my faith incredibly and I am so grateful to my teachers.
Any connections to famous athletes or influential people around the country? Carroll: My elementary gym teacher, Brenda Hoffman, was the first person to put a field hockey stick in my hand and she encouraged me to play. She later became my high school coach and encouraged me to strive to be the best I can be, not only as a player, but as a person. She was an amazing field hockey player herself. She went to the Olympics and won the bronze medal. She played with us during practice and made us all better players. I am proud to call her my coach.
Who were your heroes growing up, and who did you emulate in the backyard or playground? Carroll: My hero growing up was my oldest sister Maddy because she was following her dreams, going to play Division I field hockey and keeping Christ in the center of it all. Her faith was evident and it inspired me to be a better person.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition that you and your family have/do together? Carroll: My favorite family tradition during Christmas is going to the Christmas Eve service with everyone and then coming home and reading the Christmas story. We sit in the living room and my dad will read the story to us. It's simple, but it's my favorite tradition.
What is your favorite Christmas song and why? Carroll: My favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells because it reminds me of sleigh rides through the snow.
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