Rising sophomore Hayley Duren talks about her season-ending injury that occurred before the start of her freshman year and how she has recovered. She also shares with us her personal goals for this upcoming season and the team dynamics:
Q: You weren't able to play during your freshman year, can you talk about that experience and what it was like for you?
A: It was hard not playing my freshman year, especially with my injury being so close to the start of season. It was especially the hardest when we started conference games because I wished I was in the game battling with our team to win.
Q: Was it your first injury in your basketball career?
A: This was my first major injury that required surgery.
Q: Was it mentally difficult to stay positive during your recovery?
A: My teammates and coaches helped keep me involved and not let me get down. When it got difficult, I was constantly reminded to look back at how far I've come and see the good in this process.
Q: Who or what motivated you the most during your recovery process?
A: My teammates and coaches have motivated me throughout this process to stay focused and to improve my muscle strength, mobility and overall skill set. I just can't wait to get back on the court again. Basketball is my passion and I miss it.
Q: Was there any specific person that really helped you as you worked through that last year?
A: My mom flew out from Florida and was there for me right out of surgery and spent two weeks out here taking care of me. Coach DeLisha played a huge role in my recovery process. She was always the person I went to for guidance. She is phenomenal at what she does and I couldn't have asked for a better mentor and coach.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most once you are finally able to get back out there and compete next season?
A: I am looking forward to competing with our team. Especially competing playing against Gonzaga, LMU, BYU and Pacific. We are capable of upsetting teams this season and I can't wait to be a part of it.
Q: Do you have personal goals that you hope to achieve for this upcoming season?
A: Personally I want to make an impact on both ends of the floor and have aspirations to be on the All-Freshman team.
Q: With the Waves adding six more members to the team next year, have you gotten to meet any of them yet?
A: Yes, we have two incoming seniors who are going to bring leadership to our young team and we also have two of the four freshmen on campus right now. All six new members will be great additions to our team and will have a positive impact on our play this season.
Q: What has the summer routine been like for you?
A: Summer workouts have been great, they're competitive and upbeat. We're having fun while working hard and bringing positive energy each day. The season isn't until November, but we're training like "November is Now" as Coach DeLisha says it best.
Q: How does having most of your teammates around in the summer help with the bonding?
A: We have more free time because we are only taking one class, so outside of basketball and workouts we have the luxury to hang out and go out as a team. We've also volunteered to swim with disabled kids.