Day 9 (Wednesday, May 28): Sophomore S Adrien Wohlschlaeger
This is the ninth feature in a series titled #13Days13Razorbacks in which one volleyball student-athlete per day will be highlighted during the team’s two-week European tour (May 20-June 1). Visit the #EuroHogs central page for continued coverage of Arkansas’ four-country stay which includes stops in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Today’s feature highlights sophomore Adrien Wohlschlaeger.
Q: What is something unexpected you’ve learned about Europe during the trip?
Adrien Wohlschlaeger: Everything is a bit slower paced than I expected. We saw a lot of people just sitting outside in Croatia. You might wonder if they have jobs but they’re just out on the town and hanging out.
Q: How have you been able to deal with the language barrier?
Wohlschlaeger: It’s been a lot easier than I expected because a majority of people we’ve run into have had at least some grasp and understanding of the English language. That’s made it even better.
Q: How cool was it for the team to visit Barbara Dapic’s hometown of Split, Croatia?
Wohlschlaeger: It was really awesome seeing her interact with her family because she talks about them a lot but it was good to see and meet them in person and see the things that make (Barbara) who she is today as our teammate.
Q: Have you traveled internationally before this trip?
Wohlschlaeger: No but I’ve been as far east as Baltimore and as far west as Spokane, Wash., just not sure which would be the farther trip (from hometown in Texas).
Q: What area of your game are you always working to improve?
Wohlschlaeger: Leadership and communication have been a big part of it for me, going from a redshirt to where I am now.
Q: Did you start as a setter when you first started playing volleyball?
Wohlschlaeger: I started playing (volleyball) at the YMCA where nobody really had a position. Then I played on my junior high team when I was in sixth grade at a private school. At that point, I was the only one that could really hand the ball in that way and set. I’ve just stuck with it.
Q: How often do people give up before even trying to pronounce your last name?
Wohlschlaeger: A lot of people will just say ‘oh, I don’t know about this’ or just stick with ‘W.’ Some people will try to say it and get lucky to get it right the first time. It’s really not that difficult if you really look at it and just sound it out.
Tuesday, May 20 – Breana Jones
Wednesday, May 21 – Danielle Harbin
Thursday, May 22 – Sophie Bethke
Friday, May 23 – Shelby Harper
Saturday, May 24 – Liz Fortado
Sunday, May 25 – Monica Bollinger
Monday, May 26 – Meredith Hays
Tuesday, May 27 – Blakelee Dunagin
Wednesday, May 28 – Adrien Wohlschlaeger
Thursday, May 29 – Savannah Voelzke
Friday, May 30 – Barbara Dapic
Saturday, May 31 – Ana Sofia Jusino
Sunday, June 1 – Summer Morgan
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