By Jim Wrobel
Special to GoHolyCross.com
Senior captain Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) had an outstanding career on the volleyball court as she holds the school's all-time record for career digs with 1,312. As the defensive leader she always provided a spark on the court and was a strong leader. Watters was also strong in the classroom as she was named to the 2011 Patriot League All-Academic team and earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades all four seasons. She was a two-year captain and a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. Watters was also selected as a Dana Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Watters has also been a spark in the local community including being a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Worcester and as a member of the executive board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As one of the leaders of SAAC, Watters has been instrumental in coordinating various events to raise money for charities. "Watters led the team with a smile and displayed the importance of leadership, communication and community outreach," said head coach Erin Cady.
Watters talked to GoHolyCross.com about her four years as a student-athlete.
GoHolyCross.com: When did you start playing competitive volleyball?
Elizabeth Watters: I started playing volleyball in the third grade at St. Cecilia grammar school. My mom was my coach and my teammates were my best friends. I fell in love with the sport from the beginning mostly because it allowed me to talk non-stop, to make up new cheers, to be with my friends and to spend more time with my mom. (But seriously.)
GoHolyCross.com: Why did you choose Holy Cross?
Watters: I chose Holy Cross because my brother Kevin went here. He is one of my role models. Oh, and because the campus is beautiful, the academics are excellent, the opportunities are abundant, and the team and coaches were great!
GoHolyCross.com: What are some of your favorite things about being on the Holy Cross volleyball team?
Watters: What isn't fun about being on the Holy Cross volleyball team?! I love being a part of this community because the girls and I share a bond that goes beyond the court. I have shared so many laughs and great times with members of the Holy Cross volleyball team. I have been given the opportunity to travel all over the Northeast and even to Florida! Yay!
GoHolyCross.com: What will you miss about Holy Cross?
Watters: The snow…
GoHolyCross.com: You are a very active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). What have you learned from this experience?
Watters: I have learned that the athletes at HC are fantastic people who want to better their community in any way he or she can! The student-athletes strive to be "men and women with and for others" in anything that they do. They are compassionate and focused, driven and loving. No job is ever too big for SAAC!
GoHolyCross.com: Who have been some positive influences in your life on and off the court? Why have they been a positive influence?
Watters: I have been blessed with so many people who have been positive influences in my life! My mom is the most inspirational woman I know; my dad is the most inspirational man I know. I try to mimic their determination, passion and love in every single thing I do. My brothers, Mike, Chris and Kevin, have taught me never to give up and to "stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart is in it, and live the phrase the sky's the limit." My SC girls have taught me to love every minute of life and to always smile! My roommates and closest friends at HC have taught me GIRL POWER! My fellow seniors, Callie, Liz and Megan, show me every day what it means to be HCVB through their hard work, positive attitudes, die-hard versions of Celine Dion, Britney Spears and any country song we can possibly find. I owe my positive volleyball experience at HCVB to these three girls, my amazing teammates and my coaches!
GoHolyCross.com: What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Watters: Anything and everything!