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Karlie Carlson

Matt Marrujo, Servite volleyball

Q: How are you adapting to being home every day during the spring?

A: I feel blessed that my wife and I are still working from home and we are getting to spend so much time with our son. This is time that I may never have again, so I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be for my family. 

Q: As a coach, what do you miss most about your “normal routine” (pre-coronavirus)?

A: I miss the daily interactions. Our team spends six days a week together for 3-4 hours a day, depending on whether there is a game or not. 

I miss watching the guys go through the ups and downs of competition. I miss the random little games they play in the team room or the conversations they have during downtime before matches or during tournaments. 

Lastly, I miss my coaching staff. I have an amazing coaching staff and they are some of the best peopl

Q: When you think about your team these days, what stands out the most?

A: The senior class always stands out the most. They are the leaders of our program. They mentor the young players and hold everyone accountable for the standard that has been established by the classes before them. 

The class of 2020 has been an exceptional class since they arrived at Servite. They have completely bought into the process and were really starting to experience great results. 

Q: As a coach, what has been the worst moment for you this spring and why?

A: The worst moment was having to be at Servite to watch our players come in and clean out their lockers and not being able to tell them for sure what was going to happen to our season. 

Q: And what has been the best moment for you this spring and why?

A: The best moment of our season was winning the Redondo tournament. All 18 players contributed to the team’s success that weekend. 

Q: If you could play one match tomorrow, what would that look like? (Opponent? Venue? The circumstances?)

A: We would be playing in the CIF championship that we would win in a three-set sweep so my guys could get to In-N-Out ASAP. 

Q: What do you want your players to learn from all of this?

A: I think there are two things for them to learn. First, Family is everything. Don’t let a pandemic be the thing that forces you to spend quality time with your family. 

Second, remember to give that “Perfect Effort” every day so that you don’t have any “What if” in your life. 

Q: For fun, which player(s) on your team made you laugh the most?

A: They all make me laugh, even if I don’t show it to them. But I love listening to them trash-talking each other on the court or in the team room when they are playing games. 

Q: For fun, who on your team would you like to challenge to a friendly showdown on the court? And do you go for the kill, block or ace?

A: I would challenge Cole Rasic and I would stuff block him straight down. Sorry, Cole! 

Q: For fun, what song would you want to play on the bus for this year’s final bus ride home?

A: I don’t think they would like my music, so I would hand it off to Brady Boznanski, who is the designated weight room DJ.