Q&A with Chloe Owens
February 06, 2020
UC Irvine women's volleyball closed out the 2019 season back in November. After her first year of competing in an Anteater jersey, junior transfer Chloe Owens took some time to share her story and how she acclimated herself. The libero was ranked seventh overall in digs per set (3.00) among the Big West. She credits her work ethic and success to head coach Ashlie Hain and her teammates.
Q: How and when did you get introduced to volleyball? What made you continue playing?
A: My older sister, Cierra, first introduced me to volleyball at 7 years old. Watching her play made me want to compete and be as good as she was.
Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in playing volleyball but does not know where to start?
A: For anyone who is interested in playing volleyball I would advise them to just get out there and go for it. The volleyball community in itself is very welcoming and always ready to bring in a new member, so wherever they're from I'm sure there is a volleyball home waiting for them with open arms.
Q: As a libero, what are the responsibilities of this position?
A: As a libero, I am responsible for putting our team in system as often as possible and maintaining a strong, gritty defense.
Q: Explain your pre-game routine to prepare for an upcoming match.
A: To prepare for upcoming matches we typically start scouting our opponents about a week or so in advance of competition. The day of our match we make it a point to get into the locker room early so we can eat together, go over our notes/strategies, and have a little dance party to get the nerves out.
Q: What do you enjoy most about volleyball? Can you recall your favorite moment with the sport?
A: I enjoy the rush of adrenaline after a crazy play is terminated by one of my teammates. My favorite moment thus far was feeling the momentum shift in the third set at the Stan Sheriff Center in Hawaii. We were down 0-2, then we came out for the third set with a new mindset and never looked back. It was insane.
Q: How do you deal with high-pressure situations to be able to perform composed and steady?
A: I think one of the best parts of playing indoor volleyball is having your girls right next to you. Without my teammates I don't think I would be able to stay poised in such high-pressure situations. Whenever I feel nervous I just look beside me and immediately feel settled and composed, and ready to get after it.
Q: What is a big take away you have been able to learn from Coach Ashlie Hain?
A: Coach Ashlie Hain is unlike any other coach I've ever had. She is truly a work-horse and shows us day in and day out what true commitment looks like. Her work ethic is contagious and it is something I'll always be able to look back on and use when I'm a real adult facing life's adversities.
Q: What do you like the most about this team?
A: I love our team's dynamic. There are so many different personalities and somehow they complement each other in the best way possible. We are a combination of the nicest, fiercest, most competitive girls I know.
Q: Is there anyone on the team you have grown close to? How have they helped you integrate yourself into the program as a transfer student?
A: Shout out to Destynie Villiamu. She played a big role in helping me acclimate to the UCI life. Our little freshmen, Onye and Joy, also helped my transition immensely. We all basically spent our summer here before Fall 2019 just trying to become familiar with the campus and our facilities.
Q: Why did you choose psychological science as your major?
A: Psychology has played a huge role in helping me understand myself, my relationship with volleyball, and even our team dynamic. I chose Psychological Science because I want to go into Sports Psychology once I'm done with volleyball and help treat athletes that are transitioning from being an athlete to being a regular person.
Q: How do you spend your time in the off-season?
A: I approach the off-season the same way I do our winter and spring quarters. I lift 4-5 times a week and play either indoor or beach volleyball as often as I can.
Q: What are some goals you want to set for yourself for next season?
A: Next season I want to improve in every stat column. More importantly, I want to do a better job of leading our team and holding us to gold-medal standard at all times.