CRESTVIEW— It didn’t take Crestview High School volleyball Coach Kathy Combest long to decide Marisa Rogers is a special player.

“The first day I saw her, I knew,” Combest said.

That was two years ago, when Rogers was a freshman.

“Everything comes easy to her," Combest said. "She means so much to this team. She can hit, she can set, she can block and she can serve. And she’s a fighter.”

The junior now carries high expectations with a winner's grace and determination.

We now catch up with Marisa Rogers.

Q: How old were you when you started playing volleyball?

A: I was in the sixth grade. So what’s that? I was about 10 or 11.

Q: What's the best part of volleyball?

A: The atmosphere in the gym, especially for a  rival game.

Q: What's the worst part of volleyball?

A: Conditioning. I hate that part.

Q: What are your expectations this season?

A: I’m going to state this year.”

Q: If you had to pick a different sport to play, what would it be?

A: Soccer, because I played soccer before I played volleyball and I loved it.

Q: What is your favorite volleyball experience?

A: Big South, when we travel in the summer.

Q: What are your hobbies outside volleyball?

A: I’m in the Dog Pound (Crestview High School’s student cheering section). I guess that counts as a hobby. And I play volleyball a lot. I play year-round.

Q: What's your dream career?

A: I want to be an anesthesiologist.                                                                             

Q: Do you want to play college volleyball?

A: Of course. I don’t really have a dream school in mind right now. I’m trying to decide. I like Pepperdine and USC (the University of Southern California). I would love to go to school in California.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: I like “Alice in Wonderland” a lot.

Q: Who is your favorite singer?

A: That’s a tough question. I don’t really have one.

Q: If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?

A: I don’t know. I’d probably be the girl duck, Daisy Duck.

Q: If you could go back and live in any other period in history, which one would you choose?

A:  I’d like to live in the (19)80s — that was pretty cool. They were wild and crazy.