Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Tristan Macpherson, New Trier volleyball
Tristan Macpherson is a senior middle blocker for the Trevians.
1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
Not personally, but every time someone (on the other team) serves, people on our bench will stomp their feet right when they serve.
2. What are your plans for next year?
Next year, I may try out for the club team at Loyola Marymount. But I’m not sure what the future holds for me and volleyball. Besides that, I’m looking to study applied math at LMU and enjoying California.
3. What is your dream job?
Be an engineer — mechanical engineer. I love applying math to situations and I’m studying applied math and looking forward to what that leads to.
4. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?
Probably just hanging around with my friends, playing basketball with them.
5. How long have you played volleyball?
Been playing for about five years now. I started playing in seventh grade because it was popular with my friends and I began pursuing club that summer and haven’t stopped since.
6. If you could play another sport, what would it be?
I feel like most people would say basketball, but I feel like I would love to play soccer. I don’t know how good I’d be but I’d love to try it. I always loved watching it. It’s my favorite sport to watch, but I haven’t really played it in years.
7. Who is your favorite athlete?
I’d say Erling Haaland, striker for Manchester United, because he’s huge, athletic and gets tons of kills — I mean goals. Something I strive to be in games.
8. If you’re in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?
Probably an extra large Kit Kat.
9. What is something people don’t know about you?
That my favorite video game is Legend of Zelda — my favorite of all-time.
10. How can this team make a deep playoff run?
This season I’d say we’ve kind of proven to be sort of a wild card team, which I feel like means we are in any matchup. Our highs are super highs, and we can always strive to be that. We’re the only team that’s beaten (Glenbrook South) all season and we might see them in the sectional. I really look forward to that. There is no team we can’t beat if we’re paying our game.
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