Sophomore volleyball player Colby DeMare. Photo courtesy of Colby DeMare.
Sophomore volleyball player Colby DeMare. Photo courtesy of Colby DeMare.

By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor

Sophomore volleyball player Colby DeMare was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week on September 24, 2013. Sports editor Ricky Lindsay had the opportunity to talk with DeMare in part of a question and answer series.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from Dearborn. I was born here and lived the majority of my life here.

Q: What high school did you go to?

A: I went to Divine Child high school. It is a small Catholic school in Dearborn. Fun fact: it is one of the very few co-ed Catholic schools around here.

Q: What are you majoring in?

A: My major is mechanical engineering. I love my major and am very excited to be at such an excellent engineering school.

Q: When and why did you start playing volleyball?

A: I started playing in the fifth grade. Funny story: the reason I started playing was because that was the year I got hit in the face while playing softball. I quit softball and then started volleyball and loved it ever since.

Q: Have you ever won any individual awards while playing volleyball?

A: I don’t think I have won any individual awards but my high school team has won districts a couple times.

Q: What motivates you as an athlete?

A: Although I may not be the most motivational person out there, on the court one thing that does drive me and make me love the game everyday is just the girls I play with. Everyone on this team has a spot in their heart for volleyball and they all show up to practice eager to see everyone and just have fun as a team. A word we use to describe the closeness of our team is the word “teaminess”. I would say we have a lot of that.

Q: What made you decide to go to the University of Michigan-Dearborn?

A: I had decided to go to UM-D because I grew up with the Victors program. The engineering degree here is very good, and one of my long time friends, Ashley Parks, had already signed here and really got me thinking about how great it would be to play together again. So I love the convenience of how close the school is to my house, the degree, the Victors program, and playing volleyball with my best friend.

Q: Do you have any game day superstitions?

A: I am not superstitious at all! I believe if you work hard the rewards will follow soon enough. I don’t believe in luck.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re off the court?

A: When I am off the court, I am always on the bench yelling to the girls on the court. Whether it’s about the server, setter, or hitters I always have something to say. If we make a sweet play or if the ref makes a bad call, I will always say something to my team to keep them focused making the next play and winning the next rally. I lose my voice after every weekend tournament and conference game. I don’t mind the sacrifice because I know it is making my team better.

Q: What are some of your other hobbies or interests besides volleyball?

A: I love to longboard. You will see me scooting around campus in between classes. It is thrilling to zip by people and crave through a crowded sidewalk or to fly down a paved hill, like the trail back by the Henry Ford Estate. I also enjoy drawing. I find drawing so relaxing. The best part of drawing is when you finish your work, you just step back and gaze at what you have done and appreciate it. I took an art class last semester and my final drawing went to Lansing to represent UM-Dearborn in an art show.