September 16th, 2010

"20 Key Questions" With Courtney Robison

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Courtney Robison
photo courtesy of Courtney Robison

Assumption setter, Alabama signee takes on the "Questions"

Each week, 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.

The machine that is Assumption High School volleyball has been locally AND nationally relevant over the past decade, producing elite tournament victories, multiple regional and state championships, and a truckload of match wins. But the Rockets' most prized success story is the quality of the girls that represent the AHS program and community, and who go on to do big things in college and beyond. This year's team certainly has no shortage of exceptional young women.

One of those is setter Courtney Robison. This leader has led the 2010 version of Rockets volleyball to a 10-2-0 record, including a recent championship win at the 24-team Louisville Invitational Tournament, which also included a victory over nationally-ranked St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis, MO). But Robison is also achieving off the court, where she has already signed to play volleyball collegiately at the University of Alabama. She is in tune with her faith, loves her family, and and is a model student athlete in the Louisville area.

Robison, whose Rocket team will take on rival Sacred Heart Academy this weekend, recently took part in the "20 Questions" segment, and here is what this future Crimson Tider had to say:

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

I love listening to our warm up tape before I play. But my all time favorite song to hear before we play is “All I do is Win”

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

I always eat a Special K protein bar right before the game starts. As for a meal before a game I’m a big fan of a ham, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo subway sandwich.

3. Cats or Cards?

I am a diehard Cats fan!

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

I’ve always looked up to Marissa Main (Ohio State University graduate). She was a setter for Ohio State and also graduated from Assumption High School. I’ve gotten to know Marissa over the years because her stepfather is my personal setting coach. I’ve watched many films of Marissa playing trying to learn from her. She is a very well-rounded person and has a lot going for her future. Due to this I look up to her as an an athlete but also as an overall person.

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

“Make sure they remember forever the night they played the Titans.” – Remember the Titans

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

I am aware that the only reason I have reached the success I have today is due to God. He has blessed me with so many opportunities and surrounded me with such great people in my life that words can’t even thank Him for how appreciative I am of my good fortunes. But  I know I’m truly blessed and I will give 110% credit to my success as a student-athlete to the Lord because it is He who has  helped keep me safe and in the hands of phenomenal coaches.

7. What keeps you motivated?

I’m an extremely competitive person and I believe if you’re not first you're last. Because of my competitive nature I am always wanting to be in the gym. I believe every moment someone else is sleeping is a time for me to get better than them, which is why I train two mornings a week at 6 A.M before school. Volleyball is my number one passion in life and it truly makes me happy to be out on the floor. So I guess with my intense love for the game and my competitive drive is the two keys that push me to stay motivated to be the best student-athlete I can be.

8. All time favorite board game?

My favorite board game would have to be Monopoly because I can remember growing up with my older sister Danielle and always playing that game with my dad. I can still remember how we would have monopoly games that would go on for four and five days because there would never be a final winner. We always had a blast though playing so it wasn’t something fun I can remember doing with my family growing up which is why I think it has always crossed my mind as a favorite.

9. Blackberry or iPhone?

I have an iPhone and I know I would be lost without it! I love always having it by my side ready for whatever I need; phone call, text, internet…it’s all there!

10. Favorite Facebook function?

I love looking at people’s statuses when they pop up on my news feed. I like feeling as if I’m connected to the outside world and have an idea of what other people are doing, thinking, or feeling!

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

I honestly do not watch any TV unless a sports game is on.

12. What is your favorite pro team?

I like the Boston Celtics and the Indianapolis Colts.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I think I would have to say my best characteristic is that I always put others before myself and I try to help everyone in every way I can.  I’m an extremely giving person and this quality has really shown with my ability to connect with young girls in coaching volleyball. I help grade school girls by giving volleyball lessons and helping them improve their skills. I also believe I’m very thoughtful and always try to put the feelings of others in certain situations before that of my own.

14. Gatorade or Powerade? Which flavor?

I’m not a big fan of either one, and I don’t drink soft drinks. I’m a water girl only!

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

I would have to say lunch time because food is one of my number one priorities in life. I never miss a meal and when lunch time rolls around I can get pretty excited. In fact I get so pumped up sometimes I sprint to the lunch line at school instead of walking!

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

My favorite service work I did was not necessarily at a place, but it was with a family in need. Myself and two of my volleyball teammates at Assumption (Jackie Napper and Laura Purcell) wanted to do something for our community our sophomore year. So, we decided to adopt a family in need and take care of them. We ended up receiving a single mom with two girls ages 4 and 7. The family were Hurricane Katrina survivors and were in horrible shape. However, the three of us raised over $1,000 dollars and bought them all new clothes, sheets, towels, food, and toys. Along with our donations we took them out to eat on a frequent basis and over the course have time we have built a strong relationship with the family.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I can touch my tongue to my nose. I’m also a pretty good water skier. My sister and I have been slalom skiing since we were six.

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

I wish scientists would find a way to invent something that would put all your clothes away for you. I hate doing laundry and I think it’s the biggest pain putting clothes into the correct spots in the dresser and closet so it would be extremely helpful to have a machine that could handle that for me.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

I think one of my biggest athletic achievements was when I committed to the University of Alabama to play volleyball. Alabama was like a dream come true to me as a school. I’ve always wanted to play in the SEC and I wanted to be at a big football school, I couldn’t ask for much more. When I was a junior and committed, it was a huge day for me and my family. It almost felt like all those years of hard work had finally paid off. However, I know I have much more training ahead of me and I can’t wait for it to all come!


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