Q&A With Grace Boyd
Senior Co-Captain Of The Auburn Volleyball Team
October 14, 2002
MB Grace Boyd
Where are you originally from?
I am from Huntington Beach, California.
What is in Huntington Beach?
It's just beaches and good weather. It's pretty close to Los Angeles, which is 40 minutes away.
Where did you go to school before Auburn?
I went to Golden Coast Community College, which is also in
How did you end up at Auburn?
I got recruited here. I was really skeptical about leaving California to go to Alabama, but when I came here I just loved it. I especially like the whole college town atmosphere. I just wanted to experience a new place, because I lived there (Huntington Beach) my whole life.
What do you think about Alabama?
I like it. It's different. It's just a little slower pace of life, which is a really good change.
What is your major? And what has been your favorite class or professor?
I have two majors: Psychology and Criminology. So I take a lot of fun classes. I have Dr. Adams for my deviance class and he is really funny.
What is deviance?
It's just goes over all different types of deviant behavior.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Well, I eventually want to go to grad school. I want to do something with either psychology or psychological profiling.
Are you an Auburn football fan?
Who is your favorite football player?
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
I like how everyone is here camping out for fotball four days before the game. I had never experienced that before I came here. In California, people go to the game late and leave early. At Auburn everyone is here all week and I think that is awesome. I just wish more of them would come over to the volleyball games while they are here and we are playing.
Do you listen to Hank Williams Jr.?
I don't know who that is. I like a lot of hip-hop music and stuff like that.
Do you like Southern Rap?
Yeah I do now. That was a new experience coming here.
Did you grow up watching Saved By the Bell?
Oh my gosh yes.
Okay. A.C. Slater or Zack Morris?
Zack Morris. He is obviously cuter than A.C. Slater.
What is your favorite movie?
I would have to say Dirty Dancing. My brother and I used to practice doing the lifts that they do in the movie. Yeah, I can do all of the dances that they do.
What has been your favorite place to travel to with the volleyball team in the SEC?
I really liked South Carolina. It was really pretty there. The air was real cool because it is pretty close to the water. There isn't as much humidity and it was just beautiful. I have really come to like all of the seasons in the South.
Is there a certain place where there has been bigger crowds, more students or just more interest in volleyball that you have traveled to and liked?
I am sure there is in Florida, but I have never been there. I know that they get big crowds though, because obviously they are in the Top 25 and volleyball is a big deal there. Hopefully it can be like that one day here in Auburn.
What is one thing that you would like to see changed at Auburn as far as volleyball is concerned?
I just want to see more overall support. People here and in the rest of the South don't put a lot of emphasis on volleyball. In the West, volleyball is one of the major sports. Here it is just football, basketball, and baseball. That is it. But I think we are working to become a better team and people will want to support the sport more. They will want to get into it more and get more knowledge of the sport. They have started that now with camps and things in the summer to get kids more knowledgeable about volleyball.
What is your best volleyball moment or accomplishment?
I have won three state championships. One in high school and two at Golden West. At Golden West we were undefeated and I think winning that last match when I was there and knowing that we never lost a game the whole time I was there was a really good feeling. We were down two games in the final and then came back and won in the fifth game to win it all.
Do you have a volleyball inspiration?
I think the coaches here are an inspiration. They are really good coaches. I think it is really neat to have coaches who have actually played volleyball before. Laura was an All-American. Steve went to two Final Fours. They have real knowledge of the game. I have never had a coach that has actually played volleyball before. They have always been people who just analyze it and give me that aspect of it, so it is really neat to have this change and have someone who really knows the game.
Has it been tough being a student-athlete?
It hasn't been too tough. Actually I do a lot better during the season, because I have a set schedule. During the spring I kind of put things off, but during the season its like "okay I have to write this paper today because I am going to be gone the rest of the week," so I usually do really well during the season.