Super Sophomore Profile - Erin Boeve

The 2005 season has been a big step in turning around the ISU volleyball program. Early in the season the team had already amassed their 2004 win total and upset then No. 18th ranked Texas.

Along with the teams success there was also individual success with Erin Boeve being named Big 12 player of the week. She was only the second Cyclone to win the honor in Big 12 history and Iowa State's first since 1997.

 

Midway through the season Boeve was ranked fifth in the nation in blocker per game (1.75) and one of only two Big 12 players in the top five.

 

It's a good feeling for Boeve to get to this point in her career, for Boeve her freshman season at Iowa State was trying in more than one way.

 

"My freshman season was a little frustrating," Boeve said. "We had the talent there, but could not pull off many wins."

 

Off the court the Steen, Minn., native hit the freshman wall.

 

"I was very homesick for awhile," Boeve said. I am sure not many of my teammates knew it because I kept it to myself. Now I know they could have easily helped me through it. I guess I learned my lesson on keeping things to myself."

 

Boeve chose Iowa State over Colorado State, Cal, UNI and Wisconsin, but opportunity and the chance to be a difference maker drew her to Iowa State.

 

"I knew I wanted to be a part of a rebuilding program," she said. "I also loved the girls on the team."

 

Boeve started the majority of matches her freshman season; she finished in the top five among Big 12 freshmen in kills, kills per game, attack attempts, hitting percentage, blocks and blocks per game.

 

The success that Boeve achieved during her freshman season motivated her during the off-season and continues to push her today.

 

"I really worked on being in the best shape possible when preseason rolled around, usually working out everyday," Boeve said. "I also worked on setting, it is not perfect, but it has definitely improved over the past year.

 

"Achieving success motivates me in the future because there are many parts of my game that still can be improved. It will be interesting to see what kind of player I will turn out to be after I improve these skills. This keeps me motivated to work ahrd every day."

 

With four seniors on this years squad, Boeve will be looked upon in the years to come as the leadership of the team is passed on to her. She said she'll take some things from both last year and this seasons group of seniors.

 

"The upperclassmen have played a huge role in my success," Boeve said. "They have definitely encouraged and supported me along the way. This helps me be a more overall confident player and person."

 

Over the next two years Boeve said she would love to be a Big 12 all-Conference Player and possibly an all-American.

 

Boeve is majoring in community and public health; she said as of now when her playing days are done she'd like to go on and get a nursing degree.


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