Thursday's Conversation With Colorado State's Deedra Foss
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Conversation. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.
Joining the conversation this week is Colorado State’s Deedra Foss. The senior setter has been a key cog in the Rams’ success this season. The Rams (29-2), who clinched their sixth-straight Mountain West championship last week, are currently ranked No. 9 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Poll.
On Nov. 24, Foss was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, thanks to her performances in Colorado State victories over San José State and Nevada. In the two matches, Foss recorded 13.33 assists, 1.17 blocks and 1.00 kills per set on .500 hitting – all above her season averages. She had a personal-best 45 assists against the Wolf Pack.
In addition to her recent accolade, Foss is a two-time All-Mountain West (2012, 13) honoree and was the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2011. She was an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recipient in 2013.
Foss and the Rams now aim their focus at the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. Selections for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship will be announced on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. MT on ESPNU.
Question: You were named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday. How did it feel to get that kind of news?
Answer: I was so honored. I received the call and was definitely surprised. There’s a lot of amazing players in the country, so to be mentioned among them is pretty awesome.
Q: Moby Arena has become a great home-court advantage for your team, and the average fan attendance ranks among the top in the country. What’s it like to have that outpouring of support from the community?
A: Moby is my favorite place to play out of all the places we have been in my years here. I remember coming to Fort Collins for my official visit; it was awesome. No other school that I went to had what we have here. It took me by surprise. You don’t realize how lucky you are to play in front of fans like this until you go and play somewhere else. The fans go crazy here and not every school has that. We certainly don’t take that for granted.
Q: You and your teammates recently clinched another Mountain West championship. That makes six straight now for Colorado State. How did winning the title feel?
A: It’s very exciting and never gets old. One of our goals every year is to win the Conference title and being a senior, it’s great that we were able to win again in my final season here.
Q: NCAA’s are right around the corner. Is hosting the first and second rounds something that’s on your mind?
A: For sure. Our entire team wants that opportunity to host and we’re anxious to find out on Sunday. Playing at Moby in front of our crowd one more time would be awesome.
Q: You’re graduating in December. What are you getting your degree in?
A: I’m majoring in human development and family studies.
Q: What would you like to do after you finish school?
A: I’m not sure yet. There’s a few different career options for me, whether it be teaching, social work or doing something like working with the elderly. I spent time working at a nursing home over the summer and really enjoyed the experience.
Q: You have a twin sister (Tori). Do you get confused for one another a lot?
A: We were born one minute apart and are fraternal twins. We look nothing alike. She’s 5-foot-4 and blonde hair and looks like my dad, while I’m 5-foot-9 with darker hair and look like my mom. We are very close, but really don’t have a lot of similarities, outside of we both played volleyball growing up.
Q: Your bio says you are a black belt in karate. True?
A: It is true. I started karate when I was five and earned my black belt when I was 11 or 12. My brother (Daniel) is a black belt, too. We studied Kempo karate. With volleyball I haven’t had a chance to keep up with classes, but I still know some things.
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