October 28th, 2010

"20 Key Questions" With Jeni Houser

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Jeni Houser
photo from Facebook.com

Assumption volleyball star headed to Notre Dame next year

Each week, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

Assumption High School Jeni Houser has been killing it all season for the Rockets volleyball team, and has her team four wins away from AHS' first state volleyball championship since 2007, when Houser was a freshman and Assumption defeated Notre Dame 25-14, 25-17.

Houser is a senior now and is ready to end her high school career as a winner.

But even if the six-foot-three volleyball prodigy does not finish with a state championship, it will be tough to call her final season a disappointing one. The University of Notre Dame signee has added the following accolades to her 2010 trophy case: 7th Region Player of the Year, a member of the PrepVolleyball.com "top seniors" list, and chosen as a player on the All-Tournament Team for the Durango Fall Classic (Las Vegas, NV), Asics Challenge (Chicago, IL), and this month's Region 7 Tournament at HOOPS in Louisville.

She has averaged 3.6 kills per game and 51 total blocks on the season, which ranks extremely high among local competition.

Along with her athletic achievements, Houser is also very popular among her classmates and touts an impressive 3.8 GPA. As mentioned, Houser will take her extraordinary talents to Notre Dame next year and continue her volleyball career with the Fighting Irish. But before she can begin play in the KHSAA state volleyball tournament, Houser took time out of her schedule to face the "Questions," and her answers are listed below.

Be sure to check out Houser this weekend, as Assumption begins state tourney play on Friday at 1pm against South Laurel. Action continues all weekend at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall, and if Houser & Co. are able to reach the championship game, that is slated to be played at 7pm on Saturday evening. 

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

Rap. The beat gets me motivated to play hard!

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

I usually eat a sandwich from Jimmy Johns...it's my favorite.

3. Cats or Cards?

Definitely CATS!

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

I look up to an old teammate that now plays at Michigan, her name is Sloane Donhoff and she is amazing.

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"You can't handle the truth!" - A Few Good Men

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

I look at all my accomplishments and talents as a blessing from God.

7. What keeps you motivated?

My team. I love all these girls

8. All time favorite board game?

Candy Land

9. Blackberry or iPhone?


10. Favorite Facebook function?

Status Updates

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?


12. What is your favorite pro team?

The Saints. WHO DAT!

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I'm a very outgoing person.

14. Gatorade or Powerade? Which flavor?

Gatorade, tropical punch

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

2:50, when school ends

16. Best smart phone app?

Definitely "Flood It."

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

I did 50 hours at a pre-school called Keneseth, and I adore every single child I got a chance to work with.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I know how to surf.

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent?

A cure for cancer.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

When I was 14 and my club team, KIVA, won Nationals for the first time ever!


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