Jadyn Garrison enters her third year with the Marquette volleyball program in 2023 and has developed into a valuable defensive specialist and serving sub after playing outside hitter in high school.

Q: What is your favorite thing about playing volleyball? 

A: My favorite thing about playing volleyball is being able to compete with my best friends. Being able to push one another and see each other grow is one of the most rewarding aspects of team sports. 
Q: How have you learned to balance both volleyball and academics?
A: Although it is not always easy, I have learned to balance volleyball and academics by using planners and setting goals for what I need to get done every day and every week. Following a routine has helped me be able to balance both. 
Q: What are you most excited for in the upcoming season for the team? 
A: I am excited to have most of the team back (and two newcomers!) and excited to see how going to Europe and all of our spring training will translate to our upcoming season. I am excited to compete and become challenged right off the bat with non-conference play. 
Q: How are you preparing yourself for the upcoming season? 
A: Spring training was a huge part of preparing for the upcoming season. Getting better at the little things can make a huge difference in our team as a whole and was our focus in the offseason. Staying consistent with workouts and training in the summer will be a huge factor in preparing for the season. 
Q: What surprised you the most while playing volleyball in college? 
A: What surprised me most is how well our team worked together and the limited number of conflicts we have as a team. College programs can be hit-or-miss with team chemistry and culture. Playing for Marquette has given me some of my best friends, and as a team, we have played some of the best volleyball in the country because of that.  
Q: What has been most different for you in the transition from high school volleyball to college?
A: In high school, I was an outside hitter and the transition to a DS/libero role has been the most different in aspects of volleyball. Being able to focus on only defense has made me love and appreciate the essential role good ball control has on the court.
Q: What made you want to play college volleyball?
A: I was a ball girl for the Minnesota Gophers when I was 11 years old and ever since then I knew I wanted to play volleyball at that high of a level. Seeing their competitive nature and work ethic and how that matched my personality, I knew college volleyball was right for me if I worked hard enough. 
Q: When was a moment you felt challenged on the court and how did you overcome it?
A: When it comes to games, being put in to serve at crucial times has been challenging. I was put in to serve in our five-set match against DePaul and being able to relax and play for my team to help get the win helped me overcome it. Having supportive teammates and coaches that believed in me at that moment helped me gain the confidence to do what I know I can do. 
Q: How has playing for the women’s volleyball team helped you grow as an athlete and as a person?
A: Playing a team sport like women’s volleyball has helped me grow as an athlete in my competitive nature and also as a teammate. Understanding that everyone has different roles and that those roles change, has helped me be aware of how I can contribute to this team’s success. Adapting to the team’s needs is a key part of playing a team sport. Regarding how volleyball has helped me grow as a person, it has helped me become a leader in a multitude of ways. It has helped me become goal-oriented and disciplined, and it has helped me learn how to communicate and work together in a team aspect. 
Q: What are you most proud of in your volleyball career?
A: From a team aspect, I am most proud of how our team came together as a young group after graduating seven seniors. Right off the bat, we competed with confidence and came together as a team to win. Making it to the Sweet 16 with last year’s group was beyond amazing. I am proud of how our team day-in, and day-out, competed. Individually, I am most proud of how I responded to having hip surgery. I was very motivated to get back on the court and although it took time to build my confidence back up, I finally have the confidence to play without worrying about my previous injury. 
Q: Do you have any pregame superstitions? 
A: Not in particular, but I do listen to the same few songs pre-game, and I must wear my hair in bubble braids for every game. 
Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration so far? 
A: My mom has been my biggest inspiration. She works harder than anyone I know and will do anything to reach her goals. On days when I am not motivated, I think of how hard she worked to get me to where I am today. I am grateful for everything she has taught me and has done for me, and she inspires me to be strong and to never give up on my goals. 

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