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Kendra Rowland

Student-athlete Spotlight

Kendra Rowland digs attacks and kills. The outside hitter started all 34 volleyball matches for the Roadrunners in fall 2010 and led the team in attacks (1,343) and kills (422). A 5-foot-11-inch senior out of Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif., Rowland slammed home 10 or more winners in 27 contests while seeing action in 130 sets. She was named the Southland Tournament's Most Valuable Player as the Roadrunners captured the conference championship.

Off the court, Rowland is a 3.5 GPA communications major who has been named to the Southland Conference's all academic squad the past three years. After graduation? The energetic, outgoing Rowland is decidedly undecided about a career. Perhaps straight to a media job. Maybe grad school in journalism. Or even law school. "I've also considered the CIA," she added. "I really kind of want to be a spy."

Kendra Rowland

Her guy
Rowland keeps a poster of her favorite athlete, English footballer David Beckham, on her bedroom wall. "I think he's a great solid athlete, one of the best of his era. And of course he's good looking, so…."

All the right moves
Dance shoes and foot undies are reminders of Rowland's other passion. If she weren't playing volleyball, she'd be in a dance studio somewhere practicing jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and ballet moves. "I miss it," said Rowland, who danced throughout high school. "I'm hopefully going to get back to it when volleyball is over."

Always on
She wears three bracelets on her right wrist— always. One says, "I love boobies," meant to increase breast cancer awareness. The others say "Live to Love" and "Music Saves Lives." The only time she doesn't wear the bracelets is during practice and games. She'd wear them even then if they were allowed.

What's left?
Rowland always, always, puts on her left sock, left shoe and left kneepad first. She said it just feels weird if she doesn't.

Eclectic collection
Rowland's iPod is packed with 8,000 songs from every genre imaginable. Put it on shuffle and you'll hear heavy metal, hard rock, screamo, soft rock, opera and country. Before a big game, she'll usually listen to a tune by metal rockers Bullet for My Valentine.

Her two favorite books are the romantic war novel Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks, and the classic story of childhood loss, Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls.

—Joe Michael Feist


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