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Volleyball: Q-and-A with Kaitlynn Zickus, Oak Forest

Kaitlynn Zickus Oak Forest. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Kaitlynn Zickus, of Oak Forest. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 5, 2012 6:11AM



Kaitlynn Zickus, 17, of Oak Forest, is in her second season as the starting setter for the Bengals.

She does not plan to play in college, and will attend Moraine Valley, where she will study to be an MRI technician.

Why no volleyball in college?

(Becoming an MRI tech) is important to me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My career comes first, I guess.

What does it mean to be a Bengal?

Having a lot of pride. We all do. It’s kind of like a tradition at Oak Forest to have the Bengal pride.

What makes girls volleyball better than boys volleyball? Or is it?

I have respect for guys volleyball, but girls volleyball is cleaner. We don’t just slop stuff around. The guys can get up and they can spike it, but we have more fundamentals, I think.

If you could be one of your teammates for a day, who would it be?

I would pick Allison Rodgers. She’s hilarious. Something is always happening to her, like her knee, her this, her that. She is just so funny and cracks me up.

What talent don’t you have that you wish you did?

Drawing. I wish I could be a tattoo artist. I think it would be cool to do that by hand.

When you get mad, what happens next?

If I’m by myself, sometimes I’ll throw things. But I’m not usually an angry person.

Your dream celebrity prom date. Who is it?

I’ll go with Dave Matthews. I like musicians and alternative music. He’s just laid-back. He’s a dad, but he’s also a rock star. That’s cool.

When you look in the mirror, what does it tell you about yourself?

I’m always looking for ways to improve. I criticize myself a lot. I accept myself, but I’m always trying to be better.

As told to Tony Baranek



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