Jan. 28, 2013
By Kathleen Caday, FSU Sports Information Intern
As the Florida State sand volleyball program prepares to begin its second season, Seminoles.com will highlight the personalities of the players in a weekly Q & A feature – “Diggin’ in Deep.” Our first “Diggin in Deep” participant is redshirt senior Mallory Kiley.
Do you have any phobias?
I’m claustrophobic in small spaces especially in crowded elevators.
What’s your motto in life?
If you don’t think you’re the best in what you do then you shouldn’t be doing it.
Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at?
I’m good at helping friends with their problems which is random and I’m kind of good at Scramble with Friends.
Who had the biggest influence on your athletic career?
I’d have to say my big brothers. They both started playing sports early on and that’s what got me into them. They were just motivating and they both made it into the professional level in baseball. Anything that has to do with athletics I can talk to them about and it’s really helpful.
What do you think is your strongest athletic attribute?
Usually the taller you are the slower you run but I’m quick for how tall I am.
Best non-athletic talent?
I can bend my fingers all the way back which isn’t really a talent but it’s something I can do and not everyone else can.
What would you say will be the strength of the team this season?
Definitely our team chemistry is very strong this year. We have six freshmen and they’ve all been good personality wise and they’re hard working and that helps a lot and they do what they’re expected to do.
What was your childhood nickname or nickname that you currently have?
My family has always called me Malzy.
Name something, other than volleyball, that you’re truly passionate about?
I’m passionate about my family.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Being able to play volleyball here at Florida State.
What is one item that you really should throw away but probably never will?
It would probably be my baby blanket. I don’t have it right now but I’ll never throw it away.
Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity? If so who?
People always tell me I look like Emma Stone.
Why did you choose FSU?
Because of the strong athletic program and its location.
What is your favorite thing about FSU?
I like the strong football tradition. Everything about football games is my favorite part.
What is your earliest memory of playing volleyball?
I was 14 when I started playing and I hit a coach right in the head when he was walking on the other side of the net.
The biggest difference of indoor and outdoor volleyball is sand of course, but can you tell me what are some other differences?
The fact that there’s only two other people on the court means that you’re engaged in every play no matter what and that’s different from indoor because sometimes you don’t even touch the ball. Also a big difference is strategy, out here you pick up on strengths and weaknesses and you try to capitalize on weaknesses.
What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about sand volleyball?
That it’s easy. People think it’s all about hitting the ball back and forth if they don’t know the sport.
What would be your perfect sand volleyball soundtrack?
A mix of Hip Hop, Country and Modern Electro.
Name three things you cannot live without
My family, my best friends and chapstick.
How do you spend your free time?
Away from volleyball I just like to relax, and just do things with my friends and hang out. Anything not physical is good for me.
What single piece of technology you cannot live without?
My cell phone.
What is one daily activity that bores you?
I hate reading, it puts me to sleep.
When do you feel your best morning, noon/afternoon or night?
What is your philosophy on life?
All you can do is your best.
Have you ever lived outside of this country?
No but I would like to for a very short amount of time. It’d be cool to live in Greece for a few months during the summer.
Most exotic place that you have been?
I went on a cruise that went to Italy, Greece and France.
Do you know any other languages?
I took Spanish my whole life but I’m not fluent.
Finish this sentence – The best part of waking up…
Is hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep.
Finish this phrase – Life is a beach…
“And I’m just playing in the sand.”
Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B, Country or Classic?
I really like Step Brothers and Bridesmaids. Every time they’re on I watch it.
Favorite TV Show?
Favorite TV show right now is probably Family Guy.
If you could be on any reality show what would it be?
Cake Boss, I love watching them make cakes it’s the coolest thing ever.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
What would be your ideal dinner?
Anything Italian, you can’t go wrong with Italian.
Who would be your ideal dinner date?
OH MY GOSH, Will Ferrell! I want to meet him so bad!
I would say my favorite dessert would either be strawberry shortcake or brownies.
Favorite actor or actress?
Zach Galifinakis and I like Rachel McAdams, she’s awesome.