Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lindsy Lewis-Hartsock is having a solid start to her career. Standing 6-foot-4, she is one of the top blocking players in the nation. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
For a talented and physically gifted player, it hasn't been the easiest start to a career, but Cougar middle blocker Lindsy Lewis-Hartsock is tackling the steep learning curve of playing Division I women's volleyball, head-on.
As a redshirt freshman, the 6-foot-4 Lewis-Hartsock has been a primary starter through the 2003 season. She entered the season with great expectations, and has been an important and effective contributor.
It's not that Lewis-Hartsock isn't contributing; she has great expectations of herself and is confident in her abilities, but she feels she can do more.
Through Oct. 10, she leads BYU with 72 blocks (1.29 blocks per game) and stands second with 22 service aces and a .341 attack percentage.
"I had a lot of expectations entering the season," Lewis-Hartsock says. "And the expectations keep growing as the season progresses. This team has a ton of potential and I just want to be a more consistent contributor."
Before she stepped on the court, to start her collegiate career, in the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational at the University of Florida against American, Lewis-Hartsock had already experienced an eventful summer.
She trained with the U.S. National Women's A2 Team early in the summer at Lake Placid, N.Y. Then the former Lindsy Lewis, married Ben Hartsock on August 1. Then a week later, the onset of two-a-days kept her hectic life rolling.
Admittedly, Lewis-Hartsock's expectations of herself are far greater than the expectations any person could have in her, and when things aren't going her way there's a tendency to get discouraged. But in order to transform all her talent, skill and physical attributes into a results oriented star, she is cognizant of what she needs to do.
"I have to work on being mentally tougher, and always being mentally prepared to play," Lewis-Hartsock says. "I'm maturing as a player, but I realize there's still a long ways to go. I've got to keep improving."
Out of high school, Lewis-Hartsock was also offered a scholarship to play basketball at BYU, but she turned that down, deciding to side with volleyball full-time.
Only time and experience will tell what kind of an impact Lewis-Hartsock will have in her anticipated four-year BYU volleyball career. Judging by her talent, determination and willingness to be a team player, though, her potential is as high as she is tall.
Favorite movie: Well, I would have to say it changes frequently, but lately I thought The Italian Job was a pretty good flick!
Favorite music group: My husband thinks it's N'Sync ... haha, but really I listen to everything, but I do hate Eminem!!
Favorite food: Oooooo I LOVE ice cream, mashed potatoes with grave is yummy too!
Least favorite food: I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms
Favorite actor: I don't know if I have one, but if I had to choose, maybe Jim Carey?
Favorite actress: I like Julia Roberts a lot!!
Favorite professional sports teams: Depends, but right now Ben has me hooked on the Chicago Cubs
Favorite Web site: I don't know if it's my favorite, but I am on Route Y a lot
Favorite sport other than volleyball: I love basketball; I miss the physical part a lot!
If I could add one team to the schedule it would be: HAWAII @ Hawaii....soooooo fun!
The most difficult opposing arena to play in is: I haven't played in a ton, but New Mexico and Air Force so far aren't so fun
Opponent you would most like to beat: Hello...UTAH!!!!!
A friend from another college volleyball team: Julie Shinney who is a friend from high school plays on Lewis and Clark State College in Northern Idaho
The current or former BYU athlete I most enjoy watching perform: I would have to say Nina Puikonnen, she is definitely a big role model for me
I play volleyball because: I don't feel like I am supposed to play it just because I am tall (like basketball) I can just go out there and have a blast!
Before a volleyball match, I: am usually way superstitious, but I haven't formed any permanent rituals yet, but there is one coming soon!
Who has had the greatest influence on your volleyball career and why: My high school coach Alice Heberlein believed in me and helped me to realize the potential I had. She was always so patient and caring, she is definitely someone I will NEVER forget!
Most impressive person I've ever met and why: There are a lot of impressive people that I have crossed paths with, but I would have to say that my parents and amazing! They have always been there for me no matter what path I had chosen. They have made me the person I am today
One place you would like to visit and why: Caracas, Venezuela would be so awesome because it is where my husband served his mission and I would really enjoy meeting all those people he has such a great impact on, plus I hear it is beautiful down there
What is your favorite hobby away from volleyball: Camping and Boating, hands down, I didn't get to go very much this past summer, but I absolutely love it.
What is your most memorable athletic achievement or moment: My senior year high school volleyball state championships were such a blast, my team was an incredible group of girls and I loved playing with all of them.
What gets you pumped up before a match: My teammates, I love seeing the intensity on their faces and their desire to win!
My advice to young volleyball players: Never ever give up on yourself, you can do anything you put your mind to, I mean look at Uila Crabbe, I'm sure that many times in her life she was told she was to short to play volleyball and now she is the best libero in the nation, well that's just what I think.
Which reality show would you want to be on: I am would love to be on Fear Factor, but I don't know how well I would do with eating spiders and sick stuff like that!!
What is the best book you've ever read: I'm not a big reader, and I know this is corny, but I would have to say the scriptures.
If you could only keep one possession, what would it be and why: I don't know if he is considered a possession or not, but I don't think I would ever want to be without Ben
What is your most memorable date: The night I got engaged was fabulous! I have never felt so giddy in my life, it was great!
What is one thing you want to do in your lifetime: Someday when the time is right I want to have a family, and I've always wanted to serve a mission, so I hope to be able to do that when I am older!
What is your biggest fear: Maybe not my biggest, but spiders scare the poo out of me!
How did you spend your off-season: Volleyball wise, I tried to work on EVERYTHING! There is so much stuff to be better at, but in my spare time I spent a lot of time with friends and family.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years: I see myself with my family and that would be cool if we were living in Hawaii by chance!
Interesting fact most people don't know about me: hmm ... most people think I'm shy, but if you really know me, you know that I am pretty far from that, I would describe myself as more of the spastic type, but in a good way.