A weekly Q&A with Baylor's student-athletes

Sept. 23, 2004


Kristin Ruef
Senior, Forward

When did you start playing your sport?
In the 6th Grade.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?
Probably the people that I play with. All the teammates that I've had such close relationships with.

What is the best part of being a college athlete?
Already having a family when you get here.

If you weren't playing the sport you are now, which sport would you want to play?
Sand Volleyball

What is your nickname on the team and why?
K-Riz- It came from Ginny our freshman year.

What is the craziest pre-game ritual your or a teammate has used?
I go to Jason's Deli and eat by myself. We used to have team lunches there and we don't anymore so it's just me.

What is the most unique item in your locker?
Shout- I'm the only one who supplies shout for the team.

Who are your favorite sports heroes?
Lance Armstong, I guess. I don't really follow anyone that well.

Where is your favorite place to go after a game/event?
To the shower. I always take a shower and a nap and then I go out into my living room and talk to my parents.

What is the best venue you have ever played in?
I got a chance to play against a couple of national teams this summer at the University of Houston. I played against the Under 19 USA team.

What is the highlight of your sports career?
Well, it's obviously the four years I've been here. They have been the most exciting and the ones I'll remember.

What is your most embarrassing sports moment?
We were playing against TCU and I was on the side and there was a lot of mud so I ran this big route all the way around because, you know, who wants to get dirty? I was right by our bench so everyone saw and laughed at me and coach was really mad.

What opposing school do you most look forward to competing against?
A&M when we have them at home. They are huge rivals and that's when we get the most fans that come out to the game.

Why did you choose to attend Baylor?
I had never really even heard of it but I came down and looked at the campus and the reason I really ended up liking it was all the trees. I grew up in Houston so I am used to being around all the trees. I thought it was a beautiful campus.

What has been your favorite class at Baylor?
My Professional Sales classes. They are really interactive and you get really involved in the business world.

What single thing will you most miss about Baylor when you leave?
Always having something to do. I'm not going to know what to do with my time and not being around people all the time.

Who is your all-time favorite Baylor athlete?
I'll go with Dawn Greathouse. I don't know her all that well but, just all she accomplished. She was just an all-around student athlete who really exemplified all we're suppose to be about here at Baylor.

What CD is in your player right now?
I don't have a CD player!! I listen to 97.5, good ole Waco stations.

What is the last movie you watched?
Bourne Supremacy.

Name one television series you won't miss.
Nip Tuck

What is one thing you must pack when traveling?
Contact solution

As a role model to young athletes, what advice can you give?
Keep in mind that you are a role model to younger athletes and keep that in mind in the actions that you take and the decisions that you make.

What is your favorite fast food?
Sonic, even though they are not that fast anymore.

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?
Self-confidence. When I came in my freshman year I was kind of the little freshman who didn't have any confidence and if I didn't have confidence, the team wouldn't have confidence in me so I had to get over that hump.

Name one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you.
That I eat like 20 times a day. People don't usually think I can't eat that much.

Name one thing you can't go a week without.
Ice cream

If you had to perform karaoke, what song would you sing?
"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" We always sing that.

What is your dream job?
I'm going to be the top sales rep for a technology company.

What's your most valued possession?
A gold bracelet that my great-grandmother gave to my grandmother and then it's passed down to me.

Playstation 2 or Xbox?
I have a Sega Genesis, that's the only one I know.

Movies or TV?


Apprentice or Fear Factor?
Fear Factor

Inflatable Judge or Bruiser?
Inflatable Judge, he can bounce on his head!

Burger or Pizza?
Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

Penland or Memorial?

Sandals or Shoes?

Smoothie or Shake?

compiled by Tami Becton, Athletic Media Relations student assistant



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