Newcomer Notes: Ellen Hays

Ellen Hays is from Temperance, Michigan, right across the border from Toledo, Ohio.
Sept. 4, 2014

MILWAUKEE - Sophomore defensive specialist Ellen Hays transferred into Marquette over the summer from the University of Toledo, where she earned All-Mid-American Conference Freshman Team honors as a libero in 2013. Hays notched a Toledo single-season record 568 digs while playing as the Rockets' libero in every match. 

She made her first start for the Golden Eagles in their match last Sunday against then-No. 18 Colorado State and also saw action against VCU on Saturday. 

Hays took time with to answer a few questions as she enters her first season at MU.

The best thing about your hometown?
The best thing about my hometown is the school spirit and athletic support that is shown throughout the community.
Interesting fact about you, your family or hometown?
An interesting fact about me is I have an older sister who is 21 and plays collegiate volleyball for Malone University which is in Canton Ohio and she is an outside hitter.
Your impressions of Marquette after the summer and pre-season camp?
My first impression of Marquette after this summer was that I absolutely love the city of Milwaukee, and I am so excited to be apart of and play with such a great group of highly competitive athletes.
Something about Marquette and/or Milwaukee you did not know before arriving?
I had no idea that Marquette would actually be in downtown Milwaukee. I thought it was in a local suburb, but it's literally in the city.
What are you looking forward to the most? 
I am looking forward to winning the Big East and making a run in the NCAA tournament with my teammates.
In kindergarten what did you want to be when you grew up?
In kindergarten I wanted to be a Firefighter when I grew up.
What do you plan on studying at Marquette?
I plan on studying elementary education with a minor in math.
Is there a team you are looking forward to playing the most; or a trip?
I am really looking forward to the St. John's game and trip because I am excited to explore and go to New York City.
When did you start playing volleyball?
I started playing volleyball in the 5th grade, and I wouldn't play it in 4th grade because I thought it was too easy and boring because there was no running involved.
Dream Vacation?
My dream vacation would be staying at a nice cabin in the woods of Montana with activities such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking.
What are your interests or hobbies other than volleyball?
My other hobbies other than volleyball is hanging with friends, basketball, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and boating.
Favorite food?
My favorite food is French toast, I love eating any type of breakfast food at any time of the day.
Last concert you attended?
The last concert I attended was Jack Johnson in Cleveland, Ohio.
Favorite store?
My favorite store would have to be American Eagle or H&M.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat?
My favorite social media sources are Snapchat and Instagram. 




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