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University of Alaska Anchorage


Name: Paepaetele Poasa

Major: Social Work

Year in school: Junior

Height: 5’10”

Sport: Volleyball

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Position: Outside Hitter

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From: Honolulu, Hawaii



A transfer from Taft College, Poasa helped her team to win two consecutive conference titles. During the 2005 season she earned first-team All-CVC honors as a Cougar with averages of 3.17 kills, 2.86 digs, and 1.00 blocks per game, according to UAA Athletics.


How do you prepare for a game?

About an hour before the game I do a lot of cleaning in my locker room. I don’t know why, but it makes me calm down. I try not to get too excited for a game because I don’t want to loose all my energy – I try to bring it all out in the game.


What have you been working on in practice that you will use on the court?

Passing. Passing is more important than anything else.


Did your coach ever make you sleep with volleyball?

I had coaches that would always tell me that my game would always start in my dreams. I dream more about volleyball.


Northwest Nazarene University


Name: Allison James

Major: Secondary Education, Kinesiology and Mathematics.

Year in school: Junior

Height: 5’11”

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Setter

From: San Diego, California


During the 2005/2006 season, James averaged 2.66 kills and 3.06 digs throughout her 93 appearances for the Crusaders. She earned a GNAC All-Conference Honorable Mention, according to NNU Athletics.


How do you prepare for a game?

I start by heating my shoulder. While doing this I listen to music to get me pumped and ready to go. I talk to others on my team and go over strategies for the game, but music is the way I get pumped up the most.


What have you been working on in practice that you will use on the court?

Defense and covering. We have spent a lot of time on that and hopefully you will be able to tell when we play in the match.


Are you superstitious when it comes to winning matches?

I get ready the same before games and we do the same routine before each match. Overall I am not very superstitious.