The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The first student-athlete selected for the new year is volleyball player Brooks Gillerlain.
Gillerlain picked up where she left off last season, working as the primary setter for the Randolph volleyball team. In the four games at the Cougar Invitational this past weekend, Gillerlain assisted on 107 kills. It was the second stretch in her career where she posted over 100 assists in four matches. She also posted 44 digs and five aces. In addition to all of that, Gillerlain was named a captain at the start of the season.
What have you gained from being a part of this program and how did it feel to be named a captain?
I have changed a lot over the past year, and a lot of it was due to be a collegiate athlete. I have gained a lot of confidence and self-discipline. It was an honor to be voted as a captain this year. I am glad my team sees me as a leader on and off the court.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
The small size of Randolph is one of my favorite things about the school. It offers so much more opportunities than a big school can. I like knowing the majority of the people I see every day, and it gave me the chance to continue my athletic career at the collegiate level.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
Playing a sport in college has made me learn self-discipline. Time management is a huge part of college, especially when you have other extracurriculars on top of typical academics.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College volleyball?
The team dynamic this year is definitely my favorite thing. The chemistry we already have is incredible and being close in age has really helped us bond and become closer.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
Getting a job is by far number one on the list! I have thought about going somewhere to be a graduate assistant, which would offer me an opportunity to get a Master's Degree. I have also thought about coaching or using my degree in exercise science to pursue dietetics and/or personal training. Being on this team has tought me about working together when you all are from different places and have different backgrounds. This school has given me a wide variety of experiences already and I am excited to take advantage of others to help me for the post-graduate life.