Name: Nina Schuberth
School: Yorkville Christian, junior
Why she was selected: Schuberth had 11 kills, 13 assists, 13 service points and five aces in a win over Westmont and a combined eight kills, 22 assists, five aces and 18 service points in Huntley Invite wins over Rockford Boylan and DeKalb. She was voted by readers as the Record Newspapers Athlete of the Week. Here is her interview with Sports Editor Joshua Welge.
Welge: How do you feel about where the team is right now [Yorkville Christian is 23-3 after a win over Grant Park]?
Schuberth: I think we’re going pretty good. Our practices area going really good. [Older sister] Zoe has been leading the team a lot. Honestly, everything is going great.
Welge: You switched positions this year from libero to setter. How has that worked out?
Schuberth: It’s honestly went pretty smooth. I set my freshman year, I like setting. It’s a smooth transition.
Welge: What do you like about setting?
Schuberth: I like the control I have to choose what hitters to go to. I think I do a pretty good job of that.
Welge: Yorkville Christian is a really young volleyball program. Are you surprised with the success that you have had this year?
Schuberth: Since adding Chloe Saxe, I thought we’d have a pretty good record, but I wasn’t expecting to be doing this well, to be honest. We started 9-0, we kept winning tournaments. I was surprised, but that success grew a fire under our butts. I knew in the back of my head that we had the potential to be good.
Welge: When and how did you start playing?
Schuberth: I started playing in third grade, when Zoe was in fourth. We went to Sports Performance, and I loved it. We always would be home playing volleyball all the time and I loved it.
Welge: What do you and your sister talk about after matches? Do you discuss the volleyball?
Schuberth: We break things down after every game, sit down and talk about what happened. We watch some film that my mom takes and talk about it.
Welge: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Schuberth: We want to go to state. First, winning a regional and a sectional and then keep going. We’re doing the best we can, we’re going to keep working hard to get the final result we want.
Welge: What do you do to get prepared for a match?
Schuberth: We always tend to eat healthier; I’ll eat fruits and vegetables or chicken wraps. We go over the team we’re playing, look at their best players, where they like to hit it on the court. We watch film to be prepared to play the other team.
Welge: What’s your favorite sports team?
Schuberth: I don’t really watch pro sports, but I like Nebraska volleyball.
Welge: Favorite subject in school?
Welge: Favorite movie?
Schuberth: “Dirty Dancing.”