Sept. 13, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Throughout the season, Seminoles.com will take a closer look in getting to know the 2007 women’s soccer senior class. Various features on this year’s four seniors which include Libby Gianeskis, Melissa Samokishyn, Holly Peltzer and Kirsten van de Ven, will be displayed on the official athletic website in what we call ‘Senior Takes…’. This week Seminoles.com sat down with Kirsten van de Ven for an exclusive one-on-one Question and Answer session.
by Tyler Kirschbaum
Kirsten van de Ven
5-6, Senior, Midfielder
Heesch, The Netherlands
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not playing soccer?
A: I think hanging out with friends, I actually do it quite often.
Q: If there was one thing about soccer you could change, what would it be, like a rule, or something specific about the game like the ball?
A: I don’t think I would change anything, I like the game the way it is.
Q: How about changing the field dimensions?
A: Yeah, I’d like to change Florida’s field dimensions. But seriously, no, I like the game the way it is. I don’t think you should be allowed to keep booting the ball down the field, you have to play a little, be creative.
Q: In your opinion, who is the greatest soccer player ever?
A: Greatest ever…I don’t know, like there’s so many really good players that I like. I mean, Ronaldinho obviously is great. I think I like…well he’s Dutch…Dennis Bergkamp, I like him a lot but he has a weakness, sometimes he’s a little soft. So I don’t know, I think I admire different players because of different things but I would maybe go with Dennis Bergkamp.
Q: What’s your favorite off-day activity?
A: Favorite off-day activity…
Q: Do you like to go to movies?
A: No, no, no I don’t like movies or watch TV
A: In Europe I like to shop. I really like just to hang out with people and talk, have good conversations, relax, get to know them better. I guess have fun with friends.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in Tallahassee?
A: I don’t know, we eat a lot at Sumo Sabi, it’s on the way home, sushi with `Guchi’ (Mami Yamaguchi to be more specific). I think I like Masa a lot. I like sushi a lot, so Masa – it’s a nice atmosphere, there are no TVs anywhere.
Q: What’s it like being one of only four seniors on such a young team…are you going to change anything?
A: I don’t know, for me and this may be because of my background, but I don’t really see seniors, juniors, sophomores. Yeah I guess we have a young team but we also have a lot of juniors who are there to step up as leaders, so I think altogether I think we have good dimensions. The freshmen they have a lot of talent, they’ll learn over the course of the season, so yeah, I like being a senior.
Q: What’s one thing about yourself that not many people know?
A: I’m pretty open and honest about everything so I don’t think I have a lot of things that people don’t know about me.