Kelsey Robinson: We are constantly working on being better versions of ourselves
Kelsey Robinson in action at the net against Brazil.
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Robinson returned to USA’s roster last week after sitting out the first two weeks, and she felt right at home. She and her American teammates were competing in Lincoln, Nebraska, the city where she played for the local University of Nebraska as a senior in college. Robinson took time out of her training schedule to answer a few questions.
Kelsey Robinson: I think our USA team does a great job of creating a culture that’s positive. Whether you are a veteran or a rookie, we all approach playing for USA with the same attitude. It’s always nice to learn new faces and players. I’m looking forward to playing with new players and some I’ve played alongside for years.
USA won VNL last year in its inaugural year. What was your favorite memory from last year’s event?
What are you doing to prepare for the Olympic qualifier here in the United States and ultimately the 2020 Olympic Games?
Kelsey Robinson: We are training every day and always looking to be inches better in the sport.
You are producing a video blog series that has become popular on YouTube. What are some of the things you feature in your vlogs and what do you want to accomplish overall with the vlog?
Who are your favourite teammates with USA?
Kelsey Robinson: I love all my teammates, new and old. I’ve been extremely blessed to play with people who are incredibly talented. I was awestruck when I first had a chance to come to the gym and I continue to feel that way every day. These women are strong and gifted and it’s an honour to play alongside them.
You have played with several international stars in your pro career who you have become friends with aside from USA teammates. If you could select an international dream team to play with, who would be on that roster?
Opposite: Lonneke Sloetjes
Outside Hitter: Zhu Ting
Libero: Moki Degennero
Middle: Milena Rasic
Middle: Foluke Akinradewo
Setter: Maja Ornjenovic
Do you have any superstitions or habits before matches?
Kelsey Robinson: Can’t post on social media day of the game – haha, we always lose and so it just can’t happen. Otherwise, I need sleep and lots of it & probably coffee!
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