Mary West is a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School and a member of the Panther volleyball team.
West plays defensive specialist for the Panthers. She is currently second on the team with 67 digs, and is one of five Panthers with over 15 aces.
West is also a star on the soccer fields, winning Southeast Conference MVP last season with 18 goals and three assists.
She met with The News on Wednesday after practice. The questions are in bold with her answers following.
Did you grow up here in Mt. Pleasant? No. Actually, I’m from Illinois, but where I grew up was Des Moines. I went to school at Waukee.
So when did you move to Mt. Pleasant? The middle of my eighth grade year, over Christmas break.
How long have you playing volleyball? Since my freshman year. I just started.
What got you into it? Mostly my mom trying to convince me, and I needed to find a way to stay in shape for the winter.
Do you know what you’re doing after high school? I’m looking at University of Iowa for pre-med. That’s probably what I’m going to do.
Is there something specifically you’re wanting to go into? Yeah, I’m kind of looking at either Pathology or some kind of surgery.
Pathology? I don’t even know what that is. It’s something with studying diseases and stuff.
Who is the hardest of your teammates do get a dig off of? Sadie Carrasco, definitely. Her hits go straight down.
What position would Coach Streeter play if he got to suit up for you guys? Probably outside hitter. He really likes hitting them straight down at the cross.
Do you think he’d dominate? Oh yeah!
Is preparing for a soccer game any different than preparing for volleyball? Not really. You’ve got to get yourself in that mindset. I’m kind of a person that doesn’t really go with a big warm-up routine or anything. I just kind of get my mindset ready, know what I’m going to do, and just play.
Are you one of those people who just needs to be relaxed and loose before a game? Yeah, I’m usually a pretty relaxed person.
If you could play a sport that you haven’t played in high school, what would you choose? Basketball.
How come? Well, I played basketball when I was younger, like elementary when it doesn’t really count. I thought it was a ton of fun, but as I got older, everyone kept getting taller, and I didn’t. So that doesn’t really apply to me!
That makes sense. So do you do offseason soccer stuff in the winter too? I used to, and then down in Mt. Pleasant there wasn’t a ton of options. So usually I just do lifting, and then with the soccer coaches I do a bunch of different drills.
When you aren’t at school or practice, what can we find you doing? Either at a friend’s house or at home doing homework. I’m taking a lot of harder classes this year, so studying is a big priority right now.
Do you have any nicknames? “Marecat.” Everyone calls me “Marecat.” Cara Canby came up with that the year I moved here as a joke, and ever since then it’s been a nickname. My license plate says “Marecat!”
Isn’t there something called a “Meerkat?” Is that what it’s off of? Yep! Because I’m short and quick, is what she said!
Do you have any irrational fears? Spiders. I can’t do spiders. I can’t even look at them.
So if you see a spider in your room, who in your family are you running to so they can kill it? My dad. My mom will usually chase me with it.
If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would you choose? Jennifer Lawrence. She’s super funny and she loves to eat food, just like me.
Are you a big Hunger Games fan? Yes.
Could you survive if you were in the Hunger Games? No, I’m dead, easy.
You’re pretty fast though, you couldn’t just run? I’m really loud though! (Laughing) Stealth is not my top quality.
What would you and Jennifer Lawrence do? Probably watch a comedy, and then eat a ton of food. Try different foods, anything.
What if you could have a super power? Invisibility.
A lot of people say invisibility. Why do you say that? I don’t know. You can just kind of sneak around and see what people are doing. And then if people are talking about you, you can be like, “Got you!”
Favorite movie or TV show? Forrest Gump.
Wow, that’s like almost before your time. It’s just the greatest movie of all time.
Something you watched a lot when you were a little kid? Yeah, with my dad. My dad showed me that movie.
Do you have a favorite teacher? Mr. Broeker.
How come? Because when I first came here, math was kind of the one thing I was decently good at. I’ve had him freshman and sophomore years, and he’s kind of been like the person I turn to. I think he’s like, the best teacher I’ve had, explaining things and helping me actually understand. Pretty fun guy to talk to, too.
Do you have any shout outs? Sadie Carrasco. Definitely someone to bring people up when they’re having a bad day. I know if I’m having a long day, or a rough practice, she’s the one person that can bring everybody up no matter what.
Panther Profile is a series of interviews with Mt. Pleasant athletes currently in season. This season will focus on members of the Panther cross-country, football and volleyball teams.