CM Life staff volleyball reporter Taylor DesOrmeau was able to talk to freshman outside hitter Melissa Fuchs for a few moments as the team prepares to begin the Mid-American Conference schedule and open up McGuirk Arena at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.
What made you want to come from Utah to play volleyball at CMU?
Melissa Fuchs: I used to live in Wisconsin, so I’m familiar with the Midwest. When I moved to Utah, Erik (Olson) followed me in my recruiting process. When I came to visit, I loved the campus and I loved the coaching; they were very open for me being far away. They understand because we also have a girl from California. I just really loved the campus. It’s top for education and that’s what my major is.
What do you like about CMU?
MF: I love the education program. The building is awesome, so that’s a really cool thing. I love the atmosphere that we have here. Everyone’s really nice; it’s literally the nicest place on Earth.
What’s the biggest adjustment you’ve faced moving to Michigan?
MF: Probably living on my own so far away from my family. My mom used to do everything for me, so it’s been a really big transition for me to start living on my own.
When would you say your best performance of the year has been?
MF: Probably the first game I played, (against) Villanova, when I came off the bench and helped the team get the victory.
What are your expectations for the team this season?
MF: I expect a lot from the team this year. We have a lot of really good players. Kelly (Maxwell) is ranked 13th in the nation, and together as a team I think we’re going to do good things.
Did you think you could make an impact on the team as a freshman?
MF: I knew there was a possibility and I came in expecting, even if I was on the bench, to be cheering loud and helping in practice even if I wasn’t starting.
Where do you see yourself, in regards to the team, in three years?
MF: I see myself as one of the leaders, helping the team get better and make this program better.