UM-Dearborn volleyball player Danielle Campbell during a game. Photo courtesy of Danielle Campbell.
UM-Dearborn volleyball player Danielle Campbell during a game. Photo courtesy of Danielle Campbell.

By DANIELLE COWART, Staff Reporter

Senior volleyball player Danielle Campbell was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week for her performance last week. Staff Reporter Danielle Cowart had the opportunity to talk with Campbell in part of a question and answer series.

Q: Where are you from?

A: Garden City.

Q: Where did you go to High School?

A: Garden CIty High School.

Q: What are you majoring in?

A: I’m majoring in Elementary Education. My major is social studies with a double minor in Math and Language Arts.

Q: Expected year of graduation?

A: 2014.

Q: When and why did you start playing volleyball?

A: It’s a funny story actually. I was a dancer my entire life and when I got into high school my mom forced my to try out for volleyball because being 5’11 and a dancer did not mix well. So, technically I was forced to play the sport, but once I got the hang of it, I never wanted to stop.

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

A: In high school I was All-Conference my junior and senior years and was All-Region my senior year along with MVP of my team. I was on the MEGA All-Academic team my junior and senior years and was awarded a Scholar Athlete award all 4 years of my high school career. In college, I have been Academic All-Conference for the past two years and received the MIP award in 2011.

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

A: I knew I wanted to play college ball and with all of my offers, UM-Dearborn had the best degree. Academics are extremely important to me and I didn’t want to give that up to play volleyball somewhere. UM-Dearborn gave me the best of both worlds.

Q: What motivates you as an athlete?

A: The biggest motivation is just trying to be the best athlete I can be. I want to my team to be able to rely on me in any circumstances, on and off the court.

Q: How has being a college athlete shape you as a person?

A: I have become much more mentally tough since becoming a college athlete. Things aren’t sugar coated as they were in high school. It is a skill that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Q: Favorite team memory?

A: Disney World! While in Florida for a tournament, we took a day and went to Disney World as a team. It was awesome.

Q: What are some of your hobbies or things you like to do off the court?

A: You can usually catch me spending time with friends and family, reading, or cuddling with my two cats.

Q: Any other sports you enjoy?

A: I’m a huge football fan; college and NFL. Also enjoy watching some hockey.

Q: What do you see yourself doing in five years?

A: Hopefully I will be overseas teaching children on U.S Army bases. It is something I have wanted to do since high school and a dream of mine.

Q: Favorite tv show?

A: I’m a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and The League.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Super Troopers. Hands down.