Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Tami Brown
July 15, 2009
The Oregon State volleyball program, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Taras Liskevych, welcomes six freshmen to the 2009 squad. Tami Brown, a 6-2 middle blocker from Eugene, Ore., was the first to sit down to answer questions in a six-part series “Welcome Wednesdays,” where a new member will be featured on www.osubeavers.com. Brown comes from an athletic family and didn’t originally plan on playing volleyball in college.
What are your personal goals this season?
My goal is definitely improvement. I know coming in here I have a lot of work to do, and so I just really want to focus, set some goals for myself and be able to help the team in any way I can – whether it’s pushing other people or pushing myself.
You were a three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball and softball) in high school. What made you pursue volleyball?
I felt a drive and a passion for volleyball more in the latter part of my high school career than I did any other sport. And it was new and exciting for me because I didn’t have the experience that I did in other sports.
You’ve participated in open gyms so far this summer, but no real practices yet. What would you say are the biggest differences between high school and club volleyball compared to college volleyball?
You can definitely tell the drive that these women have that other people don’t. They aren’t here to mess around. They want to come out here and get things done. They’ll definitely push you along and let you know what it is that you do and don’t do right. And I like that. I like being around competitors and people that push themselves and others.
Were you recruited for any other sports?
I wasn't recruited very heavily for softball because it was never something that I wanted to do. But I was planning on and had always wanted to play college basketball, so there were more options with a basketball career than anything else.
You’re from Eugene. Did you plan on going to Oregon, and is it different to being going to Oregon State instead?
People always ask why Oregon State and not Oregon, and I guess you could say that's just the way things worked out. And to be completely honest I'm glad it was Oregon State rather than anywhere else. Things seem to be working out really well for me here so far.
You come from a very athletic family. Were you always into sports?
I grew up around sports. It’s pretty much all I know, and I couldn't imagine life any other way. I would feel empty inside without all the experience and hard work that my family and I have put into our athletic careers.
You’re taking classes this summer already. What drove you to start school early?
There was no other place that I would rather be, or anything that I would rather be doing. There are times that I wish I could go camping with my friends and family or head out to the lake, but sometimes things don't always work out that way. I feel like I owe a lot to the program, and I want to come into things with my best foot forward and I knew that would be getting things going right away.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
I'm really looking forward to meet the other freshmen. I haven't gotten to know any of them yet, and I always see bonds on the team that I can’t wait to develop. But as far as volleyball goes, I can’t wait to start getting better. I know it will be a while, and I've heard that I'll get worse before I get better, but I just want to work hard and improve in any way that helps the team.
Ten Fun Facts about Tami Brown
· The first CD I ever owned was the Backstreet Boys.
· If I could be on any reality TV show, it would be The Real World.
· One thing most people don’t know about me is I have several freckles.
· If I wasn’t playing volleyball, I’d be playing basketball.
· My favorite song is Stand by Rascal Flatts.
· My biggest celebrity crush is LeBron James.
· If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be Barcelona, Spain.
· I secretly dream of being a gymnast.
· I can’t live without my family and friends.
· One thing I have to do before I turn 30 is graduate college.
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