August 8, 2005 - by
Chat Live With Summer Weissing
 Summer Weissing answers your questions LIVE Thursday, August 11th!

Chat Live With Summer Weissing

In less than a month, the Florida State volleyball team will open the 2005 campaign during Sept. 2-3 as it hosts the FSU Invitational. Now is your chance to find out many of the things you always wanted to know about the Florida State volleyball squad and who better to talk to than sophomore Summer Weissing. The libero is fresh from a trip to Turkey where she represented the United States at the U20 World Championships.

Weissing will take your questions this Thursday, Aug. 11th before she starts practice on Friday. You can submit your questions early but make sure to be here on Thursday at 4:00 pm for a live chat with Summer.

Chat # Date Chat Hosts
Chat 1 August 11th at 4:00pm Summer Weissing

Submit Your Questions Below and Go ‘Noles!

Moderator: Welcome to todays chat, Summer is joining us!
Summer Weissing: Let’s take some questions…

Joe (Tallahassee): What did you enjoy most about Turkey and the U20 World Championships? How did you play?
Summer Weissing: The best part about Turkey was playing at such a high level of competition and getting to travel overseas. It was my first time ever to travel or play international volleyball.

Brandon (south carolina): hey, u looking great, i’m hoping the team has a great year. how’s the team looking so far? any new freshman goin to contibute often and early?
Summer Weissing: Gabrielle, or Gaby as we call her, also played in Turkey at the World Championships so she has a lot of experience coming in. She will make a huge impact in the middle. Really, I think they all will contribute a lot this season. There will be a lot of competition.

Matt (Tampa): Are you single?
Summer Weissing: (laughs)…

Candice: What’s your favorite kind of cereal?
Summer Weissing: I am going to go with Fruit Loops.

Gabe (Raleigh): How is the team chemistry on the Team USA different from your FSU squad?
Summer Weissing: The USA squad spent every minute together everyday and we had to adjust to each other quickly. Our FSU gets along really well…we are more like family.

Shannon (Orlando): Hi Summer, my name is Shannon and I currently play in high school right now. As a college player, what would you say is the most important thing to do while in high school to prepare for college volleyball? Best of luck this season! Go Noles!
Summer Weissing: You need to play club volleyball and play as much as you can. It’s also important to condition and lift weights.

Tom Hoffer (Tallahassee): Which team do you get most excited to play against?
Summer Weissing: I enjoy all ACC matches because our conference is really getting strong.

Tallahassee: Hey Summer, I just wanted to say I came to all but 6 homegames last year and I really enjoy watching you play. What would you say is the hardest thing you had to adjust to from high school volleyball to college?
Summer Weissing: The speed of the game and also I had to learn to play an entire new position. Before I was an outside hitter so learning to play libero was an adjustment.

Breck (Siloam Springs, AR): What’s the correct pronunciation of libero and do you ever get frustrated with the offensive restrictions for your position?
Summer Weissing: Technically there are two ways. Typically the east coast pronounces it: LEEB-air-Oh. The west coast says LEE-bro.

jackie (boca raton): Did you bond with the other three Florida players on Team USA?
Summer Weissing: Hey Jackie! Thanks for your question. Actually, yes, I was very close friends with them. We competed against each other in high school and one of the girls plays for UF so we kidded each other a lot. It was a whole lot of fun.

Tom Hoffer (Tallahassee): Are there any athletes that serve as inspiration for your career?
Summer Weissing: I really admire Lance Armstrong and am sad to see his career end. I have always been a fan of Michael Jordan. I’m a HUGE fan of D-Wade and the entire Miami Heat squad.

Mark Bonfanti (Salem, NH): Hey Summer! I don’t get to see many games, but I do follow you guys on–a lot! How do you think you’ll fare this season?
Summer Weissing: I am really confident in our squad this year. We hit the court tomorrow for the first practice of the season and I’m excited. We have some great veterans returning and four newcomers with a lot of experience.

austin: how tall are you?
Summer Weissing: 5-foot-9 on a good day. (laughs)

Robin (Tallahassee): My daughter is 13 today! She loves volleyball and we hope she will have a lot to look forward to in the future. What were you doing with your volleyball career at age 13?
Summer Weissing: Hey Robin…tell your daughter Happy Birthday from the entire team! At 13…wow, that seems so long ago. I think I was playing club ball and attending a lot of camps. I started playing in sixth grade so at 13 I was about three years into volleyball.

Robert (Rossville, GA): What was your second choice for college behind FSU?
Summer Weissing: I am from Florida so I definitely knew I wanted to attend an instate school. Once I attended FSU and met Coach Kress and the girls, I knew this was the place for me. I have never regretted that choice.

Dennis (Tallahassee): What kind of food did you eat in Turkey? What was the best and worst thing about the trip?
Summer Weissing: I do have to say that the food was a major adjustment. We ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly and watermelon. The first thing I ate when I got back to the states was pizza. The best part of the trip was getting to meet all the new girls on the team and just getting to experience a new culture. I would say the biggest challenge was everyone in the gym smoked during matches.

Jim (Tallahassee): The weather is nasty out right now Summer. Are you afraid of thunder?
Summer Weissing: Well, Jim, it’s not the thunder that scares me but the lightning.
Summer Weissing: laughs…
Summer Weissing: Thanks everyone for all their questions. We start the season on Sept. 2 at 12:30 p.m. against Mercer so I would love to see all of you at the match! Go ‘Noles!
Moderator: Thanks Summer for joining us today and congratulations on making Team USA. Fans, don’t forget to join us tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. when running back Lorenzo Booker stops bye for a chat.

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