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Hello? Is this Ah Seeger Traverse? Is this also a vendor? It iss How are you tonight? Good.
How are you? Good.
So nice to hear your voice.
Um so I'm can I interview? Of course.
Okay. Um ah, first question.
How do you How did it feel the play at the A V piece.
So the ABP is a very old, um, system of tournaments.
And for me because I grew up in Santa Cruz, California Um, there was always a a VP stop in my hometown.
And so being able to play in a tournament system that you grew up watching and then to be able to practice and play against some of the people that you idolized was always something that I dreamed of Green And so being able to claim the ABP captured some of those dreams.
OK, Second question.
How did it feel to play in the Final Four with your, uh, with the Pacific Tigers.
Um, that was one of the best experiences of my life.
Took so much hard work in order to accomplish.
I'm getting to that top echelon individual one.
That's the top four teams out of hundreds of teams, right? So being able to get to that level was definitely a dream come true.
Um, and something that, uh, hard work is the only way to get there.
Right? And so we were fortunate enough to play our Final Four in Hawaii at University Quite and cause every year it's in a different place, its bid on from your years.
So every year, the Final Four will background.
I think it's the symptoms.
Same as most final four tournaments.
But Hawaii was ours.
And Hawaii is always an incredible place to play volleyball because they love the sport so much.
Their fans are absolutely phenomenal, and they're really hospitable host.
And so you felt welcomed and the sport was being celebrated, and being in the Final Four is just a magical experience.
And being able to compete at that level is a testament of hard work.
Um, what was the feeling when you got you know, you got the notification or you got you know, you were notified that you were an all American.
You know what was, you know, running through your mind at that moment.
So the first time I was selected to be an all American was my junior, your college.
And this is for my collegiate once.
Correct, Uh, could be I it could be, You know, I was saying, like, any ah, high school, All American, uh, college, All American, just, you know, so s so I can go through the four eso for high school.
It it was something that I wasn't expecting.
And so that sort of list comes out, and you you look at it and your name's on it, and you go Is this for real? Um and I don't even playing a lot of big tournaments.
And I knew that I was good, but this was you know, that first time is always really a special feeling to feel that other people think that you're good and that the work that you're doing is something that's worth it.
Right, Um, when you're an all American and club, at least back when I played, um it's ah, award.
That is is given to you after the last game of the tournament, so it's kind of an award ceremony.
So that was pretty special because we had won a national championship as an 18 year old and we were so, so, so excited about winning that championship without team and then to have the icing on the cake.
Being, you know, named All American is obviously a very special award that we worked hard on.
And there was another.
There's two others on my team as well, so that was pretty special.
And then for college, Um, that's a long time coming.
But for college it was.
It was really important to me because the year before, I had Richard it because I blew out my name, which I think bite your question later on.
But I blew out my knee, and at that time, um, blowing out your knee was half of the time a career Indian injury, because the surgeries weren't when he is good as they are today.
The scars were really deep and the rehab was really long.
Um and so my first All American was the year after I blew out my knee and it was special because people thought that I had come back and that I was better than I had left a game when I pull out my knee.
And so that was a very special AC.
Elated and I worked really hard to get back on the court.
And so that was super special.
Um, and then sentence one when we were in Hawaii.
So this is after the final four.
Second one is special because I felt like my team was in with right.
And so here you are, most of the time, when you get all American Banquet Award, you're kind of by yourself and you're in the gym and you're at the banquet.
And none of your loved ones were around you.
Really? Unless they could fly wherever it is.
The Final Four is.
But this one was special because I had my old coaches there.
I have lots of people who love me.
I had my teammates around me.
So it was the end of my career, you Opie.
And so it just kind of talked the icing on the cake for my career there.
Um, what was your experience? You know, at you, Opie.
Um you Opie was probably the best decision I ever made.
So, um, I was recruited by most of the schools in the country, which is a great A great thing to have happen.
Right? If you're a sports player, you want to be wanted.
Um, but I chose Pacific because of John Bunny.
Um, my high school coach, who was, um, a father figure to me, uh, was drawn is best friend, and he really felt like I would grow and thrive as a human and as an athlete and as a student at u O.
And he was absolutely 100% correct.
Um, I received an incredible education, and, um, I love the family environment.
It was super soul classes that professors cared about us.
They came to her games, they got excited for us.
Um, I had an incredible team of coaches that cared about me as a human.
Help me grow as a person.
Plus made me an incredibly, incredibly fierce volleyball player.
So I have to say that that decision really solidified a great experience.
Okay, um, what was on your mind when you learn that you hadn't PCL injury? So my a c l happened.
It was a very, very, a long time. It's a good story.
Um, So I still happened when we were playing Nebraska at Nebraska.
And so it was the fifth game and was 13 13 on our Mina and I hit a girl, and it was a very good head.
Um, and I came down and I landed on one leg, and my lower part of my lake, stained when it should have been in my upper part, shifted over, um, and show.
My trainer came out and she did what's called a drawer test on you.
And that means that your you should slide out like a drawer.
Uh, like a address.
And she did the drug test and my leg shifted out like a drum.
Which means that there is no easy l No Nebraska.
Also being a wonderful place to play.
Um, had staff on hand and orthopedic surgeon that was able to, uh, do an ****ysis of my injury Right before got swollen or before I had to get a memory and he looked at me and he said, There's nothing left here.
Um, So, uh, we ended up losing the game, which was sad.
Thank my assistant coach happened, Uh, one of the players that won a national championship in 1984 came in and she looked at me and she was in tears, and she took her.
Now she'll championship ring off her finger, and she put it in on mine and said, I don't want you give the stock to me until you're back on the court.
And so that natural chicken should bring is something that I wore.
One was painful origin energy that we had or I thought that it wasn't worth the effort.
I just looked down on that national shoes pinch of break.
And I said, I need to do it.
I need to work hard.
I need to get back.
And so our first match back the next year happened to be the alumni match.
And as we're slapping hands to start the game, I slept the ring back into her hand because I was now back onto the court.
Okay? Yeah. Okay.
Much sums up the fifth question.
Right there on six.
Let's go back to your A VP career.
Um, I ran on you know this.
Ah, this beach wallet ball database dot com and I read about your partners.
How was it to play with these people? People like I don't know If I'm saying this name these names, right? Shar net fair.
Ella vac, Edo, Va.
Uh uh, Patty Cook and Sarah Johnson.
How was it to play with these women? Um, it was said Dukes.
Oh, yeah, that's right.
But, uh, all of those players are incredible athletes.
So, um, and most of the players that play on maybe we have a lot of grit and guts, and so you play with different partners from time to time.
Sometimes it the fit isn't right or you're the defender and someone wants to be the blocker, making sure that you have enough clean six center or someone can't play in a tournament.
So I really appreciated all of those partners for different reasons.
They all provided be with the current learning opportunities.
So, um, being able to play with different people on the sand is a really important skill tohave Andi have lots more partners than just that, because I have played a lot of amateur or semipro tournaments as well much before my actual professional career.
So in order to be a really good beach volleyball player, you have to be able to play with multiple people for numerous partners.
Not bringing people are able tohave a co ownership with last a long time because there's injury and people having Children and tiring and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
So I really appreciated them all for different reasons and different aspects that they brought both of us friendships.
And as as people that love the game.
So it says here she married into the Johnson family.
So, yeah, at the time for E.
Okay, so that's your Yeah, because I I clicked on it to make sure that they didn't make a mistake or I made a mistake.
And it was like, Sarah Duke Johnson.
I was like, OK, good.
She's married to a wonderful man with the last name Johnson.
Now, just like I was a statement, and now I am a vendor, right? Yeah.
Um, what was your favorite tournament to play? Um, so if you pee or for indoor, it could be any Danny tournament, and he turned it, Um, I think obviously, the final four, which is the tournament is obviously the Clarky one, right? Um, any national championship run is going to be a tournament that's or even state championship, because I played in in a four state championship or No.
Three, sir Priest, A championship.
It's as well, um, and so any time you have a tournament where if you lose, you go home, creates this bus, right? It creates this excitement and and that's where that's where it counts.
So a VP is like that, too.
When it comes to where I prefer to play in the sand, I prefer to play it any event that has really sand and a real beach.
So there's lots of events where they will just, um, create courts and different places.
Although there's a pretty fun.
Nothing compares to playing on a real beach with really think so.
In terms of tournaments, that's my indoor and outdoor answer.
I would say, Okay, well, that brings us to our final question here.
Um, have you seen the last dance? So currently my husband is watching it, but I am a teacher, and so I feel like I am going to get sucked in, and I watched the whole thing all at once.
And so I am actually waiting until it's gonna be Ryan reward for finishing my last piece of schoolwork.
So I have not seen it yet, but I've heard it's amazing, and I cannot wait to see it, but I've been seeing, like, little snippets of it because my husband's Washington it looks amazing.
Um, now have you sear? Uh, yeah.
My dad and I watched the final episodes last night.
Is it amazing? Yeah, it's pretty good.
I'm looking forward to Teoh pushing through to the end and making sure that I can see that once I've dealt with lentils.
Yeah, you'll probably teach me in Newman.
So you probably teach me because I I like to be I, you know, have trouble around the United States and around California in the 30 museum in the town.
My nana and I always end up going to it.
So So what is your favorite thing you've ever visited? Um, I'm gonna interview you now.
Uh, could be, like General Patton, the General Patton Museum or the or the Buffalo Bills.
Uh, the bustle of Bill Museum in Cody Wyoming.
You know, my mother has been to that.
She said it was fine.
Although I had not been a Wyoming.
It is on my list of places to go, but they didn't have a valuable.
So the places I've been have.
Right, So? So So you love Wyoming.
But you love those museums.
Have you been to Washington? D.
C? Uh, no, My mom and I are looking for Tet going there either pre eighth grade year or going with my grade class, but I'm probably should.
I'm pretty sure will go up before the eighth grade year.
Oh, I think that you will really find that special if you love history because I have never been there, to be honest, but because once again, mockery available.
But, um, but from what I hear from my students, it is just so powerful and so many amazing historical features and museums and just so much history.
So I hope that you have a great experience there.
Uh, well, thank you for coming.
Me? Well, what's just sneak in one final one.
Where What? Where was the craziest place you've ever played? So, like, craziest beach boy ball.
It could be like a pic of gay that could be a tournament, craziest place.
So when I was playing for us a boy ball we had.
This tournament is called World University Bins, but is a non incredible tournament.
It might be up there in my in my favorites, but we ended up winning the silver medal, but we were able to spend 15 days and and Sicily is such a beautiful place and the fans are crazy.
Amazing is so loud that you can't hear yourself audible.
So when you have a when you're playing valuable, oftentimes or most of the time excuse me.
Most of the time you are calling out plays as you're going.
So you're calling out what you want to hit each time.
But in certain places you have, you have the ability to Onley B.
If it is so loud, you can't hear yourself or the center can't hear you talk.
And so um, so you have Teoh do non audible, which is, um, is really, really hard to play X, especially when you've been doing it your whole life.
And so that was one of the first places I ever had to play non audible because you had these crazy fans that literally wouldn't let you here.
So that's like the craziest way to play it.
But it's so fun because the fans were so crazy and they're so loud and they're so into it that it makes it really exciting.
Yeah, the World University Games.
They're coming up Lake Placid in 2023.
I'm in 20 cool clothes.
They played in Na pally.
Yeah, So mine was in Sicily and, um and it just was a It's kind of a crazy, magical place to play because it's so beautiful and the food is so good and the people are so friendly.
So that is probably one of my favorite tournaments to so But it is that audible sense.
And I'm sure that a lot of football players that baseball players go about two, um, which is which Maybe why they do so many hand signals.
Because when it gets to our they can't talk and they don't want to talk because someone else can hear them, right? No invaluable.
That's known as important.
But again, um, in football, where they where they know the place.
It is pretty important.
So just just an interesting thing about the game, right? So, yes.
Um, So you're probably about to sit down for dinner, so I don't wanna, you know, you know, ruin your evening.
So thank you for coming on the show.
Very wise words from Elsa vendor, ladies and gentleman.
And, um, thanks for having me.
Hugo is just so fun.
And I'm really proud of you for being able to do this.
This is a really good practice for what you want to do in your future, so keep working hard.
Okay? Thank you.
Oh, wonderful evening.
Yeah, Well, thank you, but so, ladies and gentleman, that was Elsa Bender.
And, uh, uh, just thanks.
Tells a vendor for being on the show.
Ladies and gents, you gonna catch this on, um, YouTube? I'm gonna post the YouTube version.
Of course, it's not gonna be like this.
It's gonna have, like, her picture.
And, you know, a bunch of things they're gonna you know, they're gonna show, you know, there, you know, But she's She's turned to a teacher.
She's chased her.
You know, her academic dreams.
She, uh, had a time she at a time in the early 2000 she went and coached at Ah Cinema State University.
Mom, Mom, come here.
OK, But she, uh she is pretty.
She's pretty good.
I mean, while she was at us, washes at, um, assess you.
She was coaching the team wall, getting her master's degree, and, yeah, she went to University of Pacific graduate.
Our undergraduate graduated there.
Then she went on to, ah, Masters at Cinema State.
Then she left to go teach and play and no teach and coach and El Molino High school here and after only know high school.
Now she is the history teacher at, um at Newman to really good, valuable player.
She had of the chance to go Olympic.
I mean, if you can look at it.
She was She was, ah, ranked, Ah, 551st or six hunt. No shoes.
Rates 551st in the 2000 in money earnings in the 2000 and six season.
But she was ranked 61st overall in flares, which was weird, because, I mean, you know, she only made she only made up.
According to this website $950.
And you know, it just shows these years that Olympic athletes don't make a lot.
And she once again she did not go Olympic.
She was in consideration for the Olympic, Ah, for the Olympics.
But she said, university gains of the universe begin to talk about those that basically is on par with the Olympics.
Just the Olympics are watched a lot more.
The Olympics are claimed, like way higher.
But these these things, they they're all the Olympic athletes.
But they're just guys there, I I guess, like corn coming out of college.
They're basically the Olympic gangs, but with younger players.
And I mean she she was pretty good shoes.
The number to recruit in her class.
She went to you.
Okey to Camilo, to our national championship run.
Um And she, you know, now she resides to being history.
Teacher in history is my favorite subject.
So we'll probably see her in high school in a cardinal looming.
But I also been there ladies and Children, thank you, Teoh to her for, you know, joining us on the show.
And, uh, you know, thank you and ah, good night.
Um, I have you guys had a great night on a good night.