WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:
Bella Zeman, a senior outside hitter committed to play collegiately at Wofford, had 12 kills and nine digs against LaSalle-Peru, and had seven kills and four digs in a win over Oswego East.
Zeman's performance has been a key reason for the Foxes' 13-1 start to the season. Zeman talked to Record sports editor Joshua Welge about her big start to the season. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: What can you say about the start to your season?
Zeman: It's really great, and it's because of our chemistry off the court that's bringing us together. We work so well together off the court that when we get on the court, we are all working toward the same goals, we work well together and it comes out the way it has.
Welge: The way your offense moves, it works at such a fast tempo, what can you say about that and where does that come from?
Zeman: That is how we try to play all the time. We try to pick up the tempo, play our tempo, pick it up so they can't keep up on the other side. [Yorkville junior setter] Maddy [Bourque] has been working the offense great with middle sets, right side sets, outside sets, back row, utilize everything and we utilize it well. Everything is just flowing faster.
Welge: When you hit a ball off someone, do you feel bad at all?
Zeman: Yeah. In the moment, it's a point, so you're excited, but when you start thinking about it you feel bad. You don't want to hurt someone. It's just a game, you don't want to hurt them. They're here to play a game because they love it, too.
Welge: How does the team keep improving?
Zeman: We just work hard every single day in practice. We know that we play how we practice, so we practice 100 percent every single day, knowing that it will show at the end.
Welge: How did you decide on Wofford?
Zeman: I love the coaching staff, their location, the team, the girls, everything about it. When I was there, the campus just feels so homey. It was the place I wanted to be. The coaching staff welcomed me with open arms, and so did the girls. It was a family.
Welge: What are you going to study there, do you know yet?
Zeman: I'm going to go into medicine. Not specializing.