CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - John Jay senior Annie Rutherford is a team captain and the starting libero on the varsity volleyball team. The Indians finished the regular season with a 14-1 record and are looking to make a run at a Section 1 championship.
How old were you when you started playing volleyball and how did you get started?
I started in seventh grade when I tried out for modified. I really only did it because everyone would tell me I had to because I was so tall for my age.
What are the team’s goals for the rest of the volleyball season?
Winning the section! Then going to states but we have to take it one step at a time!
As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?
Being a leader is really important to me because when I was a freshman I know I looked up to my seniors for absolutely everything.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Before games we always come together without our coach and are able to laugh with each other. Setting a fun mood allows us to get loose and then play better.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My sister Ashleigh. I watched as she went to a prestigious college for softball and pushed through every adversity in her way. It was a tough road but now she’s extremely successful and it taught me to never give up.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I say “katchup” instead of “ketchup.”
Will you continue to play volleyball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that college?
No, I am not planning to play in college, maybe club or intramural. It was a serious thought for a while, but I really want to focus on my academics and not have my entire college experience revolve around sports.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what will you study and why?
I definitely want to study business in college. I watched my brother go through it all and was always so intrigued by it.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
It would be to read people’s minds. I’m always curious knowing about people’s true thoughts.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would want to go to Paris. Ever since I was young I always thought it was the most interesting and beautiful place on earth.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
I always get my classic sandwich from Empire: chicken cutlet, lettuce, Swiss, and ranch.
Best place to eat in the Katonah-Lewisboro area?
Tengda is by far my favorite place. I highly recommend the chicken pineapple fried rice.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?
Definitely Snapchat; it’s the fastest way to actually talk to someone instead of just looking at pictures of them.
For a young athlete growing up in Katonah-Lewisboro, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the volleyball program and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell them that I’ve made some of my best friends through this program. Since there are only usually 12 girls on the team you really get close to every single person. Additionally, the adrenaline of winning points and games is unlike any other.