Wild About The Wilds

Oct. 24, 2012

By Elly Walker

Fresno, Calif. --As a junior, Fresno State volleyball player Korrin Wild has a unique support system that has encouraged and guided her through her experience as a student-athlete at Fresno State.

Wild comes from a family of collegiate athletes where she is the youngest child and seventh collegiate athlete.

"Each of us has been in each other's shoes at some point in time, so to have that support system teaching me what it takes to be a student-athlete has helped so much," Wild said.

Korrin's parents, Dan and Cindy Wild, met while attending Biola University where Dan played baseball and Cindy played volleyball. Each of their five children followed in their footsteps and also played collegiate sports.

The eldest sister Jessica swam at Cal Baptist University; the eldest brother Jake attended University of the Pacific and played baseball; the second daughter Katie played volleyball and also swam while attending Fresno Pacific and the youngest son Jordan played basketball at Fresno Pacific.

Wild was never pressured to play a collegiate sport, but she always dreamed of it. Wild began playing volleyball as club sport in eighth grade, but also swam while in high school. The Bulldog set her sights on collegiate volleyball as it was her first love.

"Although none of my family played at Fresno State, sharing the experience of playing college sports has been a blast," Wild said.

Wild, a Kingsburg, Calif. native, wanted to attend college close to home. Wild knew Fresno State's volleyball program was headed for great things and she wanted to be a part of that. Fresno State became her niche as it allowed her parents, siblings, in-laws, and nieces and nephews to attend each home game.

"Our love and loyalty to each other is a bond that I have never had with anyone," Wild said. "We are a very passionate family who love sports. But above all else we want to serve the Lord in everything we do."

Growing up in an athletic family created a competitive atmosphere for the Wild family. Although it was competitive, they always inspired and supported each other.

"We all pushed each other to be the best we could be," Wild said. "We loved playing sports with and against each other."

As each of the five Wilds pursued collegiate sports, they were led by the advice of their parents who were always their number one fans.

"My parents have always told us to give God the glory," Wild said. "They taught us that in everything we do, to never be boastful, but to stay humble and play the game to the best of our ability."

Dan and Cindy Wild were an example for their children in not only collegiate sports, but in life. Each of the Wild siblings were home-schooled, which allowed them to spend more time together and actively participate in each other's lives.

"My mom didn't want to miss anything so she loved being able to teach us and raise us up every day," Wild said. "As we got older it was nice being able to go to each other's sporting events and not have conflicts with school."

Although Wild is the only current collegiate athlete in the family, the Wild's participation in athletics will never come to a close. Each of the Wilds have a heart for sports and always look forward to family competitions and future Wild athletes.

As a starter for the Fresno State volleyball team, Wild leads the conference and is 26th in the nation in aces per set with 0.42. She has a total of 35 aces this year and needs eight more to break into the top 10 season records. Wild has a total of 86 service aces in her career and needs 17 more to break into the top 10 career records. The outside hitter recorded a career- high five aces earlier this season against UTEP.

Wild became the first Bulldog volleyball student-athlete to be named Mountain West Player of the Week. Wild helped the 'Dogs to a 2-0 record against Colorado State where she tied her career best by hitting .458 and recorded a double-double with 23 kills and 23 digs. While playing against Wyoming, Wild recorded another double-double with a career-high 31 kills and 11 digs.

Wild and the 'Dogs return to the Save Mart Center on Nov. 1 against Nevada at 7 p.m.

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