Emily Schliesman mug

Year in school: Sophomore.

Sports/Activities: Volleyball, club volleyball, Beaverland Must-Skis, Student Council.

Most memorable sports moment: When I made the varsity volleyball team as a freshman. It was such a great opportunity that I'm grateful for every day.

Game-day superstitions: I won’t talk to my parents until after the game. Second, I always find out what type of volleyball the game ball is so I know how I’m going to have to set the ball.

Favorite sport: Volleyball, obviously.

Favorite team: Wisconsin Badgers.

Favorite athlete: Team USA volleyball player and ex-Badger Lauren Carlini.

Favorite movie: “Now You See Me,” but “Moana” is a close second.

Favorite book: “Asylum” by Madeleine Roux.

Favorite food: A good cheeseburger with bacon.

Favorite restaurant: It’s either Applebee's or Buffalo Wild Wings.

Dream vacation: The Bahamas.

Cats or dogs: Dogs.

What do you like about this team? We’re all such good friends that we’re more like a family; we are able to trust each other on and off the court.

How do you show you’re a leader even though you’re just a sophomore? To become a good setter, you have to understand what’s best for your team in any situation. As a freshman, it was hard because I was just learning and didn't know much. Now I’m a year older and have another year of experience, I’m able to make better decisions as a player. Sometimes all it takes is a positive view of the situation to get more positive outcomes.

What were you most looking forward to this season? Why? I’m looking forward to spending time with my team because we all have so much fun together and have a good overall attitude.

What has surprised you about this season? It’s how everyone is improving so fast and we have just connected as a team very well.

If you had one day to spend $1 million, what would you buy? I would definitely buy my dream car, a Tesla model X, put some money aside for college, then I would donate the rest.

What are three words that describe you? Gullible, compassionate, hardworking.

If you could meet one person in the world, who would it be? I would meet Gabby Douglas because she is a great gymnast who overcame a lot of difficulties in life.

Role models: My two main role models in my life are Alisha Glass and Gabby Douglas. Both are Olympic athletes who have great work ethic.

What songs do you listen to before a game? Before games we listen to music together that gets us excited and fired up.

Note: See more questions and answers from Emily online at wiscnews.com/bdc/sports

Mark McMullen is currently a sports reporter for the Daily Citizen. He can be reached by email at mmcmullen@wiscnews.com or by phone at 920-356-6754. Can also follow him on Twitter at @mmcmull2.