Eugene, Ore. -- "I think Lindsey's become a great leader," Oregon volleyball coach Matt Ulmer begins. "...And a non traditional leader because of her personality and how special it is."
Oregon's Lindsey Vander Weide has a big personality, which stands out amongst a team of them.
"We're a funny team like we're just always laughing," Vander Weide explains. "I don't know if I can pin down a major moment but me and Matt are always bouncing jokes off each other. It's just a funny environment."
An environment that coach Matt Ulmer not only takes in stride, but fosters.
"By having 15 different players that's what makes us unique and that's what bonds us," says Ulmer. "And that's what makes it fun."
"He just kinda really emphasizes that it's important to stay the same player the whole time," Vander Weide says. "Even when we're down, even when we're up it's important to stay how we are and we're a joking team. We know when we have to be serious but we have to keep the same energy the whole time."
Along with her teammates Lauren Page and Ronika Stone you can always expect Vander Weide to bring that energy.
"Before every game they do a video together dancing," Ulmer jokingly explains. "They have a routine."
"Honestly I don't even know how that started," says Vander Weide with a laugh. It kinda started with Lauren and Ronika messing around and then I jumped in and then we were like 'okay we're kinda nice together' so it just became a thing. Our last few have been choreographed dances for sure just kinda...we wanted them to be cleaner because some other schools have started doing dances so we wanted to make sure we were kinda the best, which we are."
Now healthy after an injury laden 2017, the senior has returned to form, becoming only the fifth Duck ever to join the 1000-1000 club.
"Being healthy I think is a big part to me," Vander Weide says. "Just helps me be the explosive player I've been in the past so it's been really fun."
"There's just so many things she does that I think other coaches in the conference understand her value and so now as her hitting numbers rise you see she gets the player of the week, and that's just because she brought her numbers up a little bit," Ulmer concludes.
A non traditional leader and indispensable on the floor. Vander Weide has professional goals, but has her focus right now on bringing the Ducks more wins this season.
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