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Dickinson State Athlete-of-the-Week - Ellie Hanser

Ellie Hanser, a junior right side hitter for the Dickinson State volleyball team, led the Blue Hawks with nine kills in a 3-1 win over Waldorf (Iowa), on Saturday, Oct. 20. Over the week, the team competed in four matches, going 1-3, including a ...

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Ellie Hanser, a junior right side hitter for the Dickinson State volleyball team, led the Blue Hawks with nine kills in a 3-1 win over Waldorf (Iowa), on Saturday, Oct. 20. Over the week, the team competed in four matches, going 1-3, including a tight 3-2 loss to Valley City State. Hanser collected 30 kills, bringing her team-high total to 172 on the season. She also contributed seven blocks and eight aces over the four matches.

DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU?

EH: "I'm from Billings, Mont. and I chose DSU because they had a really, really good nursing program and it was kind of the only place I could find that would work with sports as well as the nursing major."

DP: How long have you been playing volleyball and what is your favorite part?

EH: "I've been playing volleyball since I was really little. My mom was a coach all throughout my whole life so I was kind of a gym rat. My favorite part about volleyball is the competitiveness. I always think it's really fun getting to compete with the other team and then in practice, competing with your teammates."

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DP: What was the key to your victory over Waldorf?

EH: "I think, against Waldorf it was an overall team effort. I thought, defensively we played amazing. Offensively, we had amazing games and our setters were really setting each of us hitters up for success."

DP: Do you have any team goals for the remainder of the season?

EH: "I think we should be looking at conference and really trying to get those wins. We have four more conference games left, so coming in strong to those next four, and coming in focused."

DP: Do you have any personal goals?

EH: "Just to keep on swinging on balls I can."

DP: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

EH: "Salmon."

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DP: Where is the best place to eat in town?

EH: "I think Blue 42 is the best place."

DP: If you had to give up two of your senses, which would you choose?

EH: "Oh that's a hard one. Probably, taste and hearing. Ooh, I don't know. Yeah, we'll go with that."

DP: What is the best show or movie you watched recently?

EH: "A Star is Born, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It was really good."

DP: If you could have a superpower what would it be?

EH: "That one's pretty easy. I'd want to fly."

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DP: Who or what is your biggest inspiration to succeed?

EH: "My mom. She's the strongest person I know and she's awesome."

Dickinson State junior Ellie Hanser goes up for a kill against South Dakota School of Mines on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State junior Ellie Hanser goes up for a kill against South Dakota School of Mines on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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