Aug. 11, 2014
Alyssa Goehner comes to Minnesota after a highly-touted career with Northern Lights and Lakeville North High School. Recognized as the 2011 and 2012 PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, Goehner also helped Lakeville North to a state championship in 2010 and 2012. She was named a two-time Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year and the 2013 Pioneer Press Player of the Year. Committing to Marquette early on, Goehner was released of her NLI due to a coaching change and signed with Minnesota this past spring. Read her full bio and check out this question/answer session with the freshman.
Gophersports.com: How did you decide to come to Minnesota?
Alyssa Goehner: First of all my family lives here, and that was a big part of it. Also, they have such an amazing coaching staff here. It’s such an opportunity to be able to play for the former Olympic head coach (Hugh McCutcheon). I just think it was the perfect fit. I know everything happens for a reason, so I was meant to be here.
GS: You played with a lot of the current team at Northern Lights. What is it like having familiarity with some of the current players?
AG: It’s awesome, because I already know most of the team. Coming into here, I feel comfortable. It just feels great to know they all want me here. They’re amazing players. We won a national championship with that group at Northern Lights and there’s no doubt we can do it again. It’s just so fun to be able to play with your best friends.
GS: Have you been able to get to know some of the other players on the team as well?
AG: Yes. Daly, I love here, she’s so funny. Morgan, and Adri, I think we’re going to get along great. All of them are so nice. I think our team chemistry is going to be great this year. I’m so excited.
GS: What have you guys been able to do to get some team bonding done already?
AG: I think we all have similar personalities, so it definitely makes it special because we all get along really well. Everyone has their own sense of humor. Before camp started, we all went out on a lake and we went to Sarah’s (Wilhite) house two weeks ago and played games. It was just an amazing time. It’s so special to be on a team with a group that I like every single one of them.
GS: You guys also went salsa dancing recently
AG: Yes! It was awesome. I don’t really know how to salsa dance, but Hannah Tapp and I did the best we could. We got some videos of it and it was fun. The whole team was into it.
GS: What can you bring to Minnesota volleyball?
AG: It’s hard to talk about yourself. I think I show leadership traits on and off the court. I want to win. That’s a key part of me and what I’ve been known for. I know how to win, and I’m going to win.
GS: How much did you learn from your mom and aunt, who both played collegiate volleyball? Who else influenced you?
AG: Growing up, I played basketball and volleyball and my mom was always my coach growing up. She never pushed volleyball on me, but my dad wanted me to play basketball. I made it to an age where I just decided to play volleyball. I made varsity as an eighth grader, and she was alongside all of that. Then I tried out for Northern Lights and in my first year, and I made 14s. I had Walt Weaver as a coach, and he developed all my basic skills and got me to where I am today. I never really thought about playing for the University of Minnesota just because I was so young, and there were other factors. But, the opportunity really opened last year when Bond (Shymansky) left Marquette. I got my release and started talking to the coaches at Minnesota. It was awesome and I was excited.
GS: What are you most looking forward to this year?
AG: I’m most looking forward to spending time with this group of girls, becoming better, having a great season, and winning. I want to win. I’m excited for the Big Ten matches like Iowa and Wisconsin. I’m excited, because I was in the Big East a year ago, but now I can look forward to playing in the Big Ten.
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