West Chester’s Volleyball team is off to a strong 16-5 start this season, and starting setter Jillian Grammer has been an intrinsic part of that success. Her 730 total assists is first on the squad by far, and her average of 10.53 assists per set is good enough for third in the PSAC.

For this edition of the Hot Seat we were able to talk to WCU’s lead tablesetter about her team.

B.J. Boyer: What has been the key to you guys’ success so far this season?

Jillian Grammer: Our chemistry on and off the court. We all work well together as a team and understand the goals we want to achieve this season. Everyone on this team is a hard worker and enjoys playing the game of volleyball everyday.

BB: Has volleyball always been the main sport for you, and if not what did you used to play?

JG: I was a gymnast my whole childhood, but after suffering an injury I switched to volleyball in middle school. Volleyball has been the main sport for me since 7th grade.

BB: Who are some teammates that make the team what they are in terms of energy and livelihood?

JG: Peighton Wright makes the team laugh nonstop. Her humor and energy is what we need when we are struggling. You can always count on her to lighten the mood and give you a good laugh.

BB: Why should opponents fear playing WCU’s volleyball team?

JG: We are relentless players and will not back down to a challenge. We play every game like it’s a championship game and we want to win the whole thing.

BB: You guys are inching closer to the home-stretch with nine matches remaining. Give me a team-oriented goal and a personal one as well.

JG: Our main goal is to win the PSAC championship and make it to the NCAA tournament. A personal goal for me would be to be in one of the top spots for assists in the PSAC player standings.

B.J. Boyer is a third-year student majoring in communications. He can be reached at WB806695@wcupa.edu.

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