bleedCrimson.net: Kelli, you finished in the top five in hitting percentage and top 10 in blocks per game in conference play last season, what have you been working on this offseason?
Kelli Goodan: I've been working on my fundamentals, my footwork and my hand position and where coach wanted me to go on the transition moves. It's all the little things put together that make the big picture better and make it work like a well oiled machine.
bc.net: What are you hoping to bring to the team this season?
KG: I hope to bring leadership and motivation. I want to better the team as a whole. I want to contribute to the team as best as I can, I want to be the best player I can possibly be and hopefully bring everybody else together and be a big force on the court.
bc.net: Krista, you finished third on the team in kills last season and you're the best returning server on the team, what are you hoping to bring to the team as one of the featured attackers this season?
Krista Altermatt: Definitely being a go to player. Being that person you know is going to get the job done when it comes down to crunch time and also leadership as well. We have so many new freshmen. Team chemistry, we really need to work on that, we need leadership to put it all together.
bc.net: Erin, it took you a little while last year to get acclimated to the system but once conference play started you really picked it up and finished fourth in the league in blocks per game. What have you been working on in the offseason?
Erin Birmingham: I've been working on connecting with Jennah [DeVries] more and more, trying to get more acclimated. We've been working a lot on blocking. Don came in and had a new system he wanted us to learn. We've been working on that, we hope that will help our block and help our team be on the same page.
bc.net: You three are seniors this year, what did you learn from last year's group of seniors that you can bring into this year and help the team with.
EB: Consistency. I knew that we could always lean on our seniors and they were going to perform for us. I hope that we can be that for this team. Always be positive, always be good mentally and physically on the court.
KG: They were always really focused and I think that really contributed to how far we went. We focused on one thing at a time and made our goals and challenged each other to make it there and I think we can carry that on.
KA: They were also very good friends off the court as well and I definitely think that helps on the court when you have a good vibe with someone and you get along with them. Hopefully we can get to know our new teammates and be able to be there for them on and off the court.
bc.net: As seniors what words of wisdom would you pass on to the younger kids?
KG: Keep your head up. Work as hard as you possibly can and you can make it. Don't get down on yourself.
EB: I think sometimes as a freshmen you can get discouraged because often times you come in here and you're not as good as you thought you were. I agree with Kelli. Keep your head up because you'll be amazed at how much progress you can make and the improvement that you'll have eventually and sometimes you don't even see it but other people notice so keep working hard.
bc.net: What are your goals for yourself and the team this year?
EB: Win conference and Sweet 16 are my goals.
KA: Those are mine too, make it deeper into the NCAA tournament this year.
bc.net: When you leave here after this season what would you like to be remembered for?
EB: I just hope to be remembered as somebody that always gave her best and was always positive and when you saw me play you knew that I was loving what I was doing.
KG: I want to be remembered as the motivator, the leader who stepped up and people love being around and make a positive impact on NMSU volleyball.
KA: I want to be known as the person who's consistent. Every match, be consistent, no matter if it was a good game, bad game, you know you can count on me. I'm going to be there to get the job done. Make a positive impact on my teammates, coaches and the whole NMSU program.