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What was a childhood nickname of yours or one you have now? How did you get it?


AMBER HAWTHORNE

Women’s Volleyball                                         Sophomore
Granada Hills, CA (Granada Hills Charter H.S.)            Human Development (Marshall College)        

AJ for Amber Jean, or Ambino in softball, because I tended to hit several home runs, and my coaches joked I was like the Great Bambino.


 


 

TAYLOR HIRZ
Women’s Basketball                                         Freshman
Tustin, CA (Foothill H.S.)                                 Communicatons (Marshall College)

“Tayter tots. I LOVE POTATOES”

 

 

 

 


CAITLYN BELZA

Women’s Crew                                                 Junior

Bend, OR (Summit H.S)                                               Human Biology (Revelle College)

“It was Thunder when I played soccer. I played sweeper and the coaches said I was like a thunderstorm on the field.”


 

 

MONICA YASSEAR
Women’s Tennis                                              Freshman

Carmichael, CA (St. Francis H.S.)                    Undeclared (Sixth College)

“Monopause...my dad is a gynocologist.”



 


HEIDI SIERKS

Women’s Volleyball                                         Freshman

Lake Bluff, IL (Lake Forest H.S.)                                   Undeclared (Marshall College)

“I made everyone call me Jenny because that was the name of my favorite cousin. I made everyone call my best friend Holly because that was Jenny's sister.”