Oregon State outside hitter Lanesha Reagan
is a redshirt sophomore who hails from Snohomish, Wash. She has been a member of the program since 2014.
Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it and who gave it to you? And why did they give it to you?
"Lala, apparently Lanesha is difficult to say on the court so I've accepted Lala as my 'during game name'."
What do you like most about playing volleyball?
"I like the team aspect of volleyball. I played a lot of individual sports when I was younger and volleyball was the first team-oriented sport I did and I loved it. There's just something about being on a team with some of your best friends that makes everything more enjoyable, even on hard days."
If you could change one thing about volleyball, what would that be and why?
"I would love if we could still block the serve. Simply because it would be hilarious every time someone did that."
At what age did you know you wanted to play volleyball in college? And what made you realize that?
"I knew when I was 13 volleyball was going to be a big part of my future. I played so many sports growing up and there was never a question once I started that I would play in college."
What does your uniform number mean to you?
"Eleven is supposed to be a lucky number, could always use a little extra luck."
If you could meet one volleyball player, who would it be and why?
"Not a volleyball player but coach Russ Rose of Penn State. He just seems like a great coach and is very inspiring."
If you weren't playing volleyball, what sport would you play and why?
"I'd probably be doing dance, ballet most likely. It was always between dance and volleyball when I was younger."
Who has had the biggest influence on your volleyball career?
"My parents. They've always been supportive of me playing and have driven hours to get me to practice."
What is the last movie you saw?
"The Purge: Anarchy, it was awesome."
What actress would play you in a movie? Why?
"Chanel Iman, I just want people to think I look remotely like her so why not."
If you could play in any band, or take over for any singer, who would that be and why?
"No one. I am unfortunately not gifted singing or playing instruments whatsoever and I am not going to get in front of a bunch of people and embarrass myself. No thank you."
What is the best part about living in Corvallis and the state of Oregon?
"It has a very small town feel. I grew up in Washington so it reminds me of home, specifically Corvallis. The little town I grew up in is basically the fraternal twin of Corvallis."
What is your personal goal for the 2016 season?
"To contribute as much as I can (mentally and physically) to help the team to success."
What is your team goal for the 2016 season?
"Getting into the tournament and going farther than we ever have before."
What class has been your most memorable at Oregon State?
"All of my German classes. I've never been so challenged in a class. It's every day and it's hard to step out of my comfort zone to possibly say something completely wrong. I have a lot of respect for people that come to our country and are able to learn a new language past the age of 20."
What is your major? And what led you to choose it?
"I'm an English major and writing minor. I've always loved being able to express myself through writing so it just made sense."
After your playing career is over, what profession do you want to go into? Why?
"I would love to get into the magazine industry or become a book editor. I think the things people read and see matter. Language and words are such a huge part of our everyday life and while it can be a subconscious thing, people take in a lot from what they see on a magazine cover or a classic novel they have to read in class. The literature we read and see matters."
What match do you look back to and remember fondly through your entire volleyball career?
"The game my freshmen year against UALR was crazy. The last point in the set had everyone freaking out, everyone was screaming or crying it was amazing. I was a redshirt and I'll still never forget that moment."
What makes you the most excited, day in and day out, about being an Oregon State student-athlete?
"Having the chance and opportunity to do well for our school and community every day. We have so many resources to do our absolute best in school and on the court and that just makes me happy."
Community service ... list some events you have done. What has driven you to do them?
"One that will stuck with me was when we went to the Boys and Girls Club. I like talking to people that are younger and really look up to us.
What do you want Oregon State fans to know most about you?
"If you need someone to help you edit an essay, I'm your girl."