This Maryland high school player profiles series is presented by the U.S. Army.
By Alex Peters, CountySportsZone.com
Calie Dunn, a senior volleyball and basketball player at Richard Montgomery High School (Rockville, Md.), was nominated for the Maryland high school player profiles series by Richard Montgomery volleyball coach Gretchen Barber-Strunk.
“Calie is the all-around perfect student-athlete — a winner on and off the court. She excels in athletics, not only during our volleyball season but in the winter on the basketball team,” Barber-Strunk said. “She is a great teammate. Dedicated, hard-working, respectful and has a great attitude. She also excels in the classroom. She is so well rounded and I want nothing more than to watch her succeed. I can’t think of a better person to nominate than Calie Dunn.”
Dunn answered some questions about winning the award.
CountySportsZone: What is your favorite thing about playing volleyball?
Calie Dunn: I love the team aspect of it. I’ve built a lot of great relationships from basketball and volleyball. Also, I love the team chemistry that comes from the sport. I’ve been playing volleyball since 11U and basketball for a couple of years longer than that.
CSZ: You play both basketball and volleyball. Do you prefer one more the other?
CD: I love both sports. I think a little part of me feels stronger about basketball because I’ve played it for longer. But volleyball has been so great to me as well. I don’t know if I can really choose between either of them. I know that is the easy way out, but it’s true. Each sport is different and has different memories for me.
CSZ: Do you have a favorite memory from playing volleyball?
CD: My favorite memories are travel tournaments for both club volleyball and AAU basketball. They were just so much fun, staying in the hotels and bonding with my teammates. The last one would probably be Senior Night. [It was] not my Senior Night, but even as an underclassman, it was great to see the seniors get their night.
CSZ: What is your favorite subject to study in school?
CD: History, psychology and chemistry. I know that is three, but I couldn’t choose one in particular.
CSZ: What are your plans for after high school?
CD: I know I want to go to college. As of right now, I don’t plan to play sports while in school. I want to focus on majoring in international studies. With that major, I want to study abroad and see different parts of the world. I’ll probably play some club volleyball or basketball, but it won’t be as competitive as I’m playing now. My dream school is [the University of Southern California].
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Photo Credit: Meegan Marino