Freshman beach volleyball player Brook Bauer
tells us about moving across the country and her excitement about starting her
first college season:
Q: What helped you make the choice to move from Florida to California to play college beach volleyball?
A: I made the choice to come out here because, as much as I love Florida, I've always wanted to live in California. Pepperdine and its beach volleyball program were huge magnets in my decision to make the move across the country.
Q: How has your experience competing at Zuma Beach been so far?
A: I love practicing at Zuma. We are so blessed to be the only team in the country to have the opportunity to practice at a true beach every single day. It also doesn't hurt that we get to whale watch for free too! Zuma has prepared us for just about every weather condition, from 100-degree days to quick incoming fog, rain, wind and cold temperatures. We are so grateful to be able to call it our home.
Q: What kind of team dynamic and chemistry does the beach volleyball team have?
A: The beach volleyball team's dynamic and chemistry is unlike anything I've ever been a part of. It's amazing how our intensity in training and practice can be so high, yet everyone on our team is such good friends and cares so genuinely for each other. The environment is cohesive and we all love to compete together as one unit.
Q: You played at the same high school as Nikki Lyons, Did you two know each other before coming to play here?
A: Yes, I've known Nikki for around five years and played in high school with her, so she has been one of my best friends for a while.
Q: Which upperclassman has had an impact on you so far and why?
A: Nikki has had a huge influence on my freshman year. The fact that she has had experience here at Pepperdine now for three years made my entering in a lot smoother, as she is always there for me when I have questions or dilemmas. I'm so lucky to have a mentor and close friend like her at the same school and on the same team as me.
Q: What are you looking forward to most in this season?
A: I am so excited for this season to start. I'm looking forward to finally being able to represent Pepperdine and compete as a team against other schools. I'm also looking forward to traveling and making more memories on and off the court with my teammates.
Q: What can we expect from the beach volleyball team this season?
A: You can be sure to expect a ton of energy and excitement for the game and an intensity level focused on bringing back a national championship for the Waves!