Celeste Cashel, a 2004 Glenwood Springs High School graduate and the starting setter for the Demons 2003-04, Class 4A state tournament qualifying squad, is starting her third season with the Colorado School of Mines womens volleyball team.The School of Mines plays in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference against colleges like Mesa State, Western State (Gunnison), Metropolitan State (Denver) and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.How did you get started playing competitive volleyball? I started playing club volleyball in the sixth grade. I just liked it.Why did you choose to attend the School of Mines? The coach (Shelly Johnson) called me the summer before my freshman year. She said she needed another setter there. So I talked to her a little and I decided that I wanted to play in college and I really liked it.What is your role on this years team at Mines? When I first came to Mines, I was just a backup setter. The coach wanted to move me into more of a defensive specialist position, then last year we lost one of our setters, so I still had to be a setter. This year, we have more setters, so I can focus more on defense. What is the athletic moment you most remember? It is my senior year in high school when we went to state. It was so insane playing in front of so many people and just being so confident in our team it was an awesome feeling.Who are the most influential or memorable people in your athletic career? All of my coaches because they all gave me something new.What is different about college athletics that you originally did not expect? College athletics is a lot more time-consuming than anything in high school ever was. Basically, during the season, all I feel like all Im doing is school and volleyball. That was a surprise. Its a lot more intense.What would tell a youngster about playing volleyball? I would tell them the most important thing is to have fun when youre playing. Otherwise, youre not going to have any passion for the game, and thats whats really important along with striving to become better. If you dont enjoy the game, then youre not going to have that.Whats special in your travel bag? One of the older girls on the team gave me a blue ribbon. She passed that down to me. Its my little thing.Where do you see yourself five years from now? Currently I have no idea. Im still trying to decide that. Im hoping its going to be in some field of engineering.
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