Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Friday Focus: Torrin Crawford
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 07/15/2016
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MOSCOW, Idaho—Continuing our summer long Friday Focus series GoVandals.com recently caught up with junior volleyball student-athlete Torrin Crawford to see how she's been spending the summer, getting ready for the 2016 volleyball season.

What have you been up to this summer?
I got to go home (Walla, Walla, Wash.) for about three weeks to spend some time with my family. It is about the only time of the year that I get to spend a lot of time with my family. I actually got food poisoning, so that was good.

Since I've been back in Moscow, we have been training every morning. Over the past week we have been running Vandal Volleyball camps. We have been working with middle school and high school kids, teaching them how to play volleyball.
Next week I will be down in Oregon helping out at a church sports camp. I will be a counselor there and then be back in Moscow in August for the start of practice.

Something you did over last spring break was go on a service trip. What was that like and why is it important to you?
Yeah, so over last spring break I went with a group of over 30 college students with Resonate Church down to Los Angeles. We went and slept in tents on top of the Union Rescue Mission, a large homeless shelter. We prepared and served food to the homeless and got to know some of the families we were helping. A lot of the families do not get a ton of human interactions. We got to experience a different culture that a lot of us had never seen. It made me realize how grateful I am to have the opportunities that I have had. I want to be able to keep giving back to communities in that way.

What interested you about that trip?
I was interested because I have always had a heart for the homeless community. I was born into a lucky life, but was not necessarily deserving of such. It interested me to go and be put into a different culture that was literally and completely different. It was heartbreaking. To bring light into people's lives, who do not have it was worth it.

Shifting gears to volleyball now, how have you been getting ready for this season?
We have been training every morning. We have actually been playing a lot of sand volleyball against Washington State. They have sand courts over there and it has been really nice being able to intermix with them. They have 14 or so girls right now and we have about seven. It is nice to get touches on the ball and play competitively against WSU.

What are you looking forward to this season?
I am excited! My body feels the best that it has felt going into a fall. Coming out of an injury last season, I feel a lot stronger. I am ready to contribute to the team the way I had hoped to last year. Last year was unfortunate for me with the injury but I am excited this year to have a full season.

What is it going to be like being a leader on this team?
Both Terra (Varney) and I have been here the same amount of time. She is the only senior this year, but we both are taking on that leadership role. We need to set the tone for the younger girls. We have six freshman coming in this year. We are going to have to show them what Vandal volleyball is like, leading by example and working hard.