Alex Gettinger, a
freshman outside hitter on the men's volleyball team, tells us about his
transition from high school volleyball to playing here at Pepperdine and what
it's like to play under new head coach David Hunt:
Q: How was your first semester at Pepperdine?
A: It was very different and interesting. I'm from St. Louis, Missouri, where it's a lot colder and moves a lot faster compared to Malibu. I felt like I had a lot of free time here, more than I did in high school. It was nice getting used to being here.
Q: What led you to play volleyball at Pepperdine?
A: The coaches. Coach Hunt is an amazing coach. He learned a lot from the last head coach, Marv Dunphy.
Q: How have your first few weeks of season been?
A: It's been good! We lost this week to UC Irvine but it was a good match. I think the team is learning a lot.
Q: How did you feel playing in your first college match?
A: It was really cool. We played Cal Lutheran and going into the third set, having won the first two, Coach told me that I would be going in and I was really excited about it.
Q: What's it like playing volleyball at Pepperdine versus in high school or for the USA Youth and Junior teams?
A: Here, we lift three or four times a week and practice every day, which is a lot more than I did before. During high school and club, we didn't get that same volume of practice that we do here and we weren't required to lift.
Q: How do you feel playing for David Hunt, in his first year as head coach?
A: I think he's doing a fantastic job. I'm learning a lot from him and I'm sure my teammates are as well. It's a lot different than before. He's so knowledgeable about volleyball and it's so great to learn from him.
Q: What can we expect looking forward at the rest of your season?
A: From me, I'm just going to be ready to come in whenever Coach wants me to. From the team, I would say we're just going to be competitive. Our conference is always top level, so we just have to keep training and competing but I think we'll do well.
Q: What are your goals for the rest of your volleyball career at Pepperdine?
A: I would like to play as much as possible especially over the next couple of years as I develop a bit more. I also hope that we can continue to improve as a team. It will be competitive, but it would be really amazing if we could make it to NCAAs.