Ali Malesick, Broadneck, volleyball

Q&A --

October 25, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY

A returning All-County hitter and three-year starter for the defending county champion Bruins, Malesick had 190 kills and 120 blocks last year as a sophomore. The 6-foot junior, who has a 3.5 grade point average and scored 1,700 on her SAT, has decided to graduate early in 2007. It's a big loss for coach Romonzo Beans and his No. 6 Bruins, who last won a state title in Malesick's freshman year.

Why are you graduating early?

Well, I want to play volleyball in college and I know what I want to do. So I figured I should get out early and get to college early.

Have you chosen a college?

I want to go to Maryland at College Park. That's really what I want to do. I've never heard anything from them, but I am going to apply there. I'm not really sure about another choice, but I am looking around.

How is Coach Beans taking your decision?

I don't know. He really hasn't said too much about it.

What will your major be?

I want to major in psychology, want to do something with psychology, probably become some type of psychologist. I would be the first in my family to do that. I've always thought it was real interesting. I'm taking [Advanced Placement] psych this year and it's really been fun.

How is this year's Broadneck volleyball team?

We have a lot of new players and lost a lot of starters, like our main setter and big outside hitter, but I think that we are pulling it together pretty well.

Is it a team goal to repeat as county champs?

Yes, absolutely and then the playoffs. I came in on a state champion and would like to go out with one.

What was it like beating your neighborhood rival, Severna Park, and knocking them out of the county championship game in the process?

It felt really good. It's such a big rivalry, especially winning in their gym [the Bruins won 3-1 as Malesick had eight kills, six blocks and two aces]. We brought it. I love playing the better teams because it brings out our intensity.

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