Natalie Gilbert, who is a sophomore libero from Coppell, Texas, allowed us to interview her about her experience playing volleyball at the University of Texas at Austin as well as being a student at the university. She has proven to be a team player both on and off the court by agreeing to take time out of her stringent student-athlete schedule to respond to our questions. Here are some of her responses:
The presidential election just happened, so who would you say is the president of your volleyball team?
I’d have to say Mirta Baselovic is the president on the team. She is not afraid to call people out and keep everyone in line on and off the court. Her sass is enough to run a country, so it definitely serves its purpose on our team, but we still love her.
Some say pranking one another can build team chemistry, who is the biggest jokester on the team?
Everyone has a different sense of humor and jokes around in different ways. However, Morgan Johnson is constantly making everyone laugh. It’s so funny because she doesn’t mean to. Her mannerisms and word choice within a casual conversation is hilarious. Also, she has about 10 different laughs and each one is unique and contagious.
What’re your favorite places to go on campus?
I love Gregory, obviously, because we play there. But I also love the tower and the fountain. I think they uphold the visual representation of UT, and I think the tradition of lighting the tower is really cool.
Why did you choose UT?
I chose UT for many different reasons. I’ve been a UT fan ever since I was little because my dad graduated from here. I grew up watching Vince Young and Colt McCoy and loving Texas sports. But thinking about my own future, graduating with a degree from the University of Texas would increase my career options. Academically, Texas is competitive, and the volleyball aspect is too, so those were both huge influences. However, the volleyball team has a very big emphasis on the family culture. We treat each other like family and the coaches have a lot of respect for us and encourage us to grow as athletes, students, and especially women.
What is your favorite memory from this season?
My favorite memory from this season so far was sweeping OU at home. This conference season, we’ve had trouble taking care of teams in three sets, so doing that on our home floor against a huge rival was awesome. Hopefully, we’ll have more memories like that as we finish conference and head into postseason.
Thank you so much for your cooperation Natalie we really appreciated getting to know you and the Lady Horns better. Keep up the great season ladies and lets #TexasSpike!