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Monday September 7, 2009Senior Kristina Johnson Answers Your Questions

Gainesville, FL

Before each home match, a different Florida volleyball player answers fans' questions. They will be posted in the "Features" section of GatorZone.com following the match. Got a question for a Gator player? Send it to SeanCa@gators.uaa.ufl.edu.

 

Q: Can you believe it’s your senior season already and what are you most looking forward to about this year?

 

A: “No, I cannot believe it’s my senior year, actually. I think I’m most looking forward to getting this season going, playing some teams we haven’t played before and getting ready for the SEC.”

 

Q: Are you finally feeling healthy?

 

A: “I am. I took a test a couple days before two-a-days started and my knee is nice and healthy.”

 

Q: What are your plans once your volleyball playing career is over?

 

A: “Immediately after I graduate, I am going to Africa for about six months to do missionary work and then probably go work for my parents back in Indianapolis. They have a not-for-profit organization called Helping Hands.”

 

Q: Once you are done playing at Florida, what do you most hope people will remember about you during your time as a Florida volleyball player?

A: “As far as my teammates, just that I respected all of them and, for the fans, somebody that was exciting to watch as a middle blocker.”

 

Q: Is there any significance to you wearing the number 15?

 

A: “My favorite player when I started playing, Logan Tom [of Stanford], was No. 15. It was also how old I was when I started playing volleyball.”

 

Q: There are a lot of young middles on this year’s Florida team. What advice have you given them about playing middle blocker for the Gators?

 

A: “It’s a really exciting position. There have been a lot of great middles who have come through Florida, so it’s really an honor to be a middle here. Also, I told them to just enjoy the experience and learn as much as you can while you’re here because it goes by really fast.”

 

Q: What have been your favorite road trips during your time as a Gator?

 

A: “Playing at Florida State is always fun. They have a smaller gym and it gets really loud in there. I like playing at Tennessee - I think they have a really good atmosphere - and Kentucky is always fun as well.”

 

Q: What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from a teammate during your time as a Gator?

 

A: “I think I learned a lot just watching Amber McCray rehab through her injuries with me going through some of those same injuries. Watching her rehab has been very beneficial for me.”

 

Q: What is your major and how do you hope to apply your degree once you graduate?

 

A: “My major is family, youth and community sciences. I have three minors, also. I eventually want to become a social worker and get my MSW in Social Work as well.”

 

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