Butler Community College volleyball player Demetria Williams was nice enough to sit down and chat with me before the Grizzlies’ match against Neosho County on Wednesday in El Dorado, just hours after she learned her team had jumped from No. 19 all the way up to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 freshman from Wichita Southeast, is 10th in the nation in blocks per game, and came to Butler to play for coach Rick Younger after originally making an oral commitment to the University of Alabama-Birmingham last season but deciding, along with her her parents, that she wasn’t ready to make the jump to a four-year school quite yet.
TA: Hi Demetria, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. You’re the first Q&A subject for this blog, so congratulations, I guess.
DW: Wow. Really? I think that’s a good thing.
TA: It is. I was looking at the Butler roster and it says you’re 6-foot-2. Everybody knows that rosters always exaggerate heights and weights. So how tall are you? Tell the truth.
DW: (Laughing) I’m 6-2! That’s a legit 6-2, no lie.
TA: Okay I believe you. So how did you decide on Butler?
DW: Academics and sports were the two biggest factors. I committed to UAB but my parents made the decision that I wasn’t ready yet and they didn’t want me to leave Kansas. I’m happy I didn’t go there now because I don’t think I was ready for that, to go to a four-year school right away.
TA: So your team is ranked No. 3 in the country now, which is a huge jump. I talked to Coach Younger and he was pretty excited about it. How did you find out?
DW: We just kept checking the computer in our apartment and when it finally showed that we were No. 3 it was like the best thing ever. We were just going crazy, running and screaming all around the apartment. It was nuts.
TA: What’s coach Younger like?
DW: He is just a crazy, crazy man. So funny. He’ll like try to talk slang to us, like come into practice and say “What up?” and it just sounds crazy coming from him. He’s a lot of fun.
TA: On to non-sports stuff. What’s your favorite movie?
TA: The old Molly Shannon movie? Mary Catherine Gallagher?
DW: I love that movie. She’s crazy, she’s out there, and that’s pretty much me.
TA: What about music? What are you listening to right now?
DW: A lot of gospel, Kirk Franklin, the new Trey Songz album. And as far as a song, I’m not sure who sings it, but the song is Never Would Have Made It (Marvin Sapp) and I listen to that all the time.
TA: Excellent. Well, Demetria, you made it through. Thanks for taking time for Sunflower Slate and good luck tonight.
DW: Thanks. We’ve got Neosho here, so we’re pretty pumped.