Up Close & Personal with Justy Tevid

Banner Elk, NC--Today we meet up with one of two returning players for the Bobcats, sophomore Justy Tevid. A native of Barrigada, Guam, Tevid will see playing time at the opposite position this year. Join us as we get to know him a bit better.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? I was born and raised on Guam, a tropical island. Lees-McRae College is in the middle of the North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains, and I had never seen snow or been in weather lower than 70 degrees, so I wanted a change of scenery. The main aspect of Lees-McRae College that attracted me was the men's volleyball program. In Guam, it is rare for any athletes to go off to play collegiate athletics, so I wanted to take the big leap. So far I love it here.

2. How long have you been playing volleyball? I have been playing volleyball since I was in 6th grade, so approximately eight years. My high school team has held the championship for five consecutive seasons. My club team, Kaizen Jrs. Guam, played in the 16,17, & 18- under club divisions at the Boy National Junior Olympics for men's volleyball for three years.

3. What are your personal goals for this season? My personal goals are to contribute to the team and program whole-heartedly and make the season as memorable and successful as it can possibly be.

4. What's your favorite volleyball memory here at Lees-McRae so far? My favorite memory would have to be last year's (2006 season) Senior Night match against Mt. Olive College. It was our last match of the season and four of our seniors' last match of their college careers. We pulled off the five-set victory in a gut-wrenching, point-by-point game with our gym packed with fans. It meant a lot to our senior teammates which made the win bittersweet.

5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? The most influential person in my whole athletic career would have to be my high school and club coach Darrell Pereda. He was the first person who believed in my skills as an athlete and trained me to be the best I could be. He invested a lot of his time, money, and energy in our team and exemplifies what a true coach is.

6. If you weren't playing volleyball, what other sport would you play? Honestly, I can imagine playing any other sport. In high school, I played multiple sports but volleyball was the most intense, disciplined, and fun sport so I stuck with it.

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? My major is currently Psychology and a minor in either Business or Criminal Justice. I would like to say I'm planning to be a successful lawyer or businessman but right now I'm taking life a day at a time and waiting for my life's calling to hit me. Crazy, I know.

8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go? I would go to the 70's. I love "That 70's Show" and it seems like a groovy time.

9. What is your favorite book? My favorite book isn't a novel or story but more of a collection of confessions called Post Secret. How it works is people send in postcards to the "author" telling of secret fantasies or deeds or aspirations. It is really interesting to see some of the cards, pretty crazy.

10. What is your favorite food? My favorite food is SHRIMP. I'll eat shrimp with just about anything: shrimp soup, shrimp skewers, grilled shrimp, popcorn shrimp, etc.

11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? I would visit Venice, Italy. I love pasta, and it seems like a pretty cool dream destination.

12. What is one word that describes you and why? Independent...I am a very individualized person that doesn't mind being alone. I'm not attached or clingy to a certain person or best friend that I always have to hang out with. I like time on my own to hash out life because there aren't enough hours in a day to figure it all out.

Justy's Story … Most athletes graduating from high school have a list of prospective colleges or at least an idea of where they would like to go or do for the rest of their life. This includes visiting campuses or going on recruiting trips. The summer after graduation I had no clue about what college I would be going to or where. My mother and I had a (sort of) college advisor who basically acted as a representative for me by sending tapes to coaches and filling out paperwork. He basically sold Lees-McRae College to me without even seeing the campus. Within a few weeks I had decided to go to Lees-McRae College. I signed the letter, and it was done, without any visit or idea, just the nice pictures on the Lees-McRae College website. I only had talked to the coaches maybe once or twice. I basically took a big leap of faith. That's how I ended up here at Lees-McRae College. My love for volleyball took me to a pretty cool place.