Interview with Women’s Volleyball Team Captain Hannah Dull, Bethel University Media Day

Sep 1, 2022 | Interviews, Videos | 0 comments

 

Video Transcript

Paul Condry
Bethel University Women’s Volleyball Media Day here today. From the Wiekamp Athletic Center, I’m Paul Godfrey, the longtime voice of the pious. Glad to be joined here by one of the captains of the Bethel women’s volleyball team, Hannah Dulcimer, product of South Adams High School. And Hannah, I know last year was a very unique year because you’re doing some some directing work on the other side of campus.
She didn’t get a chance to play the game that you love, but I had a chance to hang out with you because you were doing some of that assistant coaching stuff and you were helping me on the broadcasts on a couple of occasions. So now that you’re back on the the planks, as we like to say here at at the gymnasium, how much fun are you having?

 

Hannah Dull
I’m having so much fun. Whenever I decided to take the break, I thought that that could be it for me. For those of you that don’t know why I took a break, I decided to R.A. in the freshman dorm, Shoop, and I just really wanted to be able to put all my attention to that. I remember, like, the first week or two, every time I would see Coach Reese, I would, like, start crying because I just missed volleyball so much, so it’s just so great to be back.

I love the team so much. We’re for sure. Clicking well.

 

PC
You’ve got some of the most talented defensive specialists in on your team, which is also means in the conference Rachel and Caroline and Paige and Jackie. So it’s going to be difficult for anybody to break into this lineup. So talk about how much extra work you had to do to get some playing time.

 

HD
Mm hmm. Yeah. I knew going into this year that it would be difficult because my teammates are so amazing. But this summer, I really worked hard to not skip live to do the sprints. I had my dad out there timing me every time just to make sure that I was improving the little things too, like giving everything at practice, getting extra touches when I can.

 

PC
Okay, so you’ve been named a captain. I can’t think of a better and most important honor than being a captain. Give us an idea on what it’s like when that that no came your way.

 

HD
I was super excited and really honored that the team chose me to do that. With that comes a lot of responsibility and I don’t know, like you have to be able to hold yourself accountable so you can hold the team accountable. But our team is just such a great group of girls and I think we all bring so much as it is, that they’re not a really hard group to lead.

 

PC
If you look at the role that you played last year, where you’re down there and you’re coaching and you’re being observant and you’re, you know, you’re still engaged with the team and are pretty consistent level all I could think that you can go one or two ways that’s going to motivate you to look at the game differently. Secondly, look at a situation where, hey, maybe I think I may want to try this as a coach someday.

 

HD
I think it definitely helped me see the game differently as one of the main roles that I would play was watching the defenders, looking at the defenders on the other side, how they’re setting up a defense. So now when we go to practice, that’s one of the first thing I do is know, like when we’re scrimmaging, what’s the other side doing with their defense?

But it also helped me see the ball better. Like the arm swing is very important to look at and watch and I feel like, you know, being a coach kind of sure, that helped me have eyes for that. I think it would be fun to coach some day. I mean, just being under coach, which that student assistant role was good for me.

It was cool to whenever we would like between games to hear her thoughts, she sees things a lot differently than I would have ever thought.

 

PC
So give us an idea. You know, for a kid who grew up in a small school and, you know, northeastern Indiana, you find yourself here in a situation in many cases playing on the biggest stage and playing in one of the the best conferences in the country in the Crossroads League. Now that you’re going to be jumping back into this from a competitive standpoint, how exciting is that to be able to take your game, take your career to the next level?

 

HD
Super exciting. Yes, I thought I’m just super small, wasn’t I? It was very competitive volleyball, but nothing compared to what this is. So I remember a big culture shock whenever I walked into the gym the first time as a freshman and being like, Oh, okay, well, it’s really exciting just to even go back home and have people talking, asking about it.

It’s different, but I feel like I’ve grown so much as a player and I wish I would have been the player I was now when I was in high school.

 

PC
I think we probably all could see those kind of situations. Okay, so your role as a captain, please define your role as a captain. I’ve been elected by my teammates to be the captain of this team. For what reason? Fill in the blanks.

 

HD
I have been chosen to be a captain, I think to lead them, keep the team accountable and the volleyball aspect of things, but also outside of volleyball and our decisions that we’re making and the way that we’re treating each other, just trying to hold them all to a high standard, as well as holding myself to that.

 

PC
To the mission strip. Everybody that I’ve talked to said the missions trip was something that was kind of a once in a lifetime thing. It was very rich for a lot of the athletes. I talked with Katie. She said the same thing. She could see the spiritual growth. I’ve talked to athletes in the past who have said that the athlete themselves probably grows as much spiritually as the people you’re ministering to.
Is that the case for you?

 

HD
Yeah, for sure. I’ve been on a couple missions trips, but for whatever reason I feel like this was completely different than anything I’ve ever experienced. The Lord just really worked on my own heart, but also like just seeing the growth in my teammates was very beautiful too, and I think that it just bonded us so well that even like these past couple of weeks have just been different.
It’s felt different. The way that we’ve interacted with each other has felt different too. And I think that we need to go on a mission trip every year. Not that I’ll be on those kids.

 

PC
So this team is loaded with talent. And I know in talking with Katie, their expectations are really kind of off the charts. This is the most talent they’ve probably had here in two or three decades. So, you know, pressure is something that athletes put upon themselves. But I think this group is going to be a little bit different because I think the pressure of just being accountable to your teammates has far more pressure, is far more pressure and a good peer pressure than it is to.

Hey, listen, we need to get to the Elite Eight or the Final Four when the national championship again, being accountable to your teammates is a far more more pressure than it is anything else, I think. What do you think?

 

HD
Yeah, I agree with that. Whenever Coach told us, you know, who got chosen as captains, I just remember thinking, okay, now my mental game really needs to get strong because people are relying on me to help them when they’re down. So I can’t be down, you know? So I feel like there’s just a next level of expectancy from the team.

But I think that it’s an exciting challenge to.

 

PC
Once again, Bethel University, Women’s Volleyball Media Day, The Pride of South Adams High School, Hannah Dahl. We’ll be back with more right after this.

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